Saturday, December 8, 2018

Meet Josh Ramsey -- the Mystery Man in "The Letter"

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Sometimes I'll have one idea in mind for a character, but as I get into the story the character may have other ideas. Such was the case with Jeremy Palmer in The Reunion, and it happened again with Josh Ramsey in The Letter.

Young and ambitious, Josh is a financial planner by day, and an artist by night. His goal is to retire young and devote himself full-time to his art. Like Jeremy, Josh was meant to an antagonist, but as the character came to life he turned out to be quite charming. As I kept working with him I realized he had the potential to go much farther than I'd originally planned, and that's when I really started liking him. So I created an aura of mystery about him. Whose side is he really on? And is he friend or foe? Truth be known, he's a little of both, and his true intentions are revealed in an ending that was also far different than what I'd originally planned. And that's what makes writing fun. It's those characters, and storylines, that don't come out as planned. They come out much, much better.

Now, just so you know, Josh is a purely fictitious character and was not inspired by anyone I've known in real life.

The Letter is available on Amazon and BarnesandNoble.com. To read a free sample chapter click here.

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