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Today we have a guest post by the lovely and amazing Courtney Allison Moulton, YA author represented by Elizabeth Jote of Objective Entertainment. Her debut, ANGELFIRE, will be released by HarperCollins/Katherine Tegan Books on February 15, 2011. You can find her on twitter, her website, and her blog.
Good Guys vs. Bad Boys--or, is there an Option C?
Courtney Allison Moulton
So, how can we avoid letting our lit guys fall into one of those categories? The answer: don’t write a guy to be a good guy or a bad boy. Write a real person who has his faults and strengths just like any normal guy you’d meet in real life. This enables Option C to be vast, probably even limitless.
The tricky part with his character is that his good guy-ness has to be carefully balanced with his badass-ness. He is my main character Ellie’s Guardian, an immortal bodyguard who is sworn to defend her at any cost in battle, but he is also a servant who must obey her. For five hundred years, he has been devoted to her and has fallen in love with her as she has lived and died a thousand lives as the only hope for humankind against the reapers. Ellie takes him for granted sometimes since she’s not perfect either, and Will has to stand on his own as a strong character despite his purpose and desire to put her before his own life. In battle, he is the ultimate badass and in the real world, he doesn’t quite know how to function like a normal person. Fighting is all he really understands and he tries to do what he believes is best, whether it’s right or wrong.
So who wants a guy who is just a good guy or just a bad boy? Throw some unpredictability in there, something different to keep a lit guy from just falling into a category. Give your good guy a bit of an edge to keep our hearts pounding, and make sure your bad boy isn’t just a douchebag sex pest.
And accompanying Courtney's guest post is a giveaway of her YA fantasy debut, ANGELFIRE--signed by the author! All you have to do to enter is fill out the form below. And this is open internationally (yay!) Giveaway ends Sunday, July 18th.
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