Thursday, September 24, 2009

Spear Carriers and Supernumeraries!

When I was singing professional opera, the chorus was dubbed the "spear carriers" because the men especially often stood by to make the scene more spectacular by carrying . . . well, spears. However, the secondary characters and the chorus played an essential role in telling the tale. And even in a novella length story, the heroine and heroine need a few others to carry the story ball from time to time. Today at PopSyndicate USA Today Bestseller Jennifer Ashley, Alissa Johnson and I talk about the extras in A CHRISTMAS BALL!

Just think how many boring "mulling things over" scenes there would be if the heroine didn't have a confidante. Who would the hero turn to when the heroine vexed him beyond bearing if he didn't have a best bud? Secondary characters are essential and we're happy to share a few of ours.

Please pop over to PopSyndicate today to learn a bit more about these important second bananas. 2 commenters will win a backlist book from me or Alissa Johnson!


1 comment:

Patricia Barraclough said...

Went over to popsyndicate and forgot to come back here to comment. Was busy packing for our 2 1/2 week vacation. We are in OK now, but the place we are staying has no wifi, just one public computer with a 30 minute limit. I hope the next place has wifi or I'm in trouble. Have 167 unopened emails already.