Cars Complete the Character
I have a lot of fun coming up with my character profiles. I love to imagine how my characters look, how they behave, and how others perceive them. I give them physical characteristics and personality traits. They get hobbies and talents. I give my characters pasts, families, educations, and occupations. And one of the things I always give them is something to drive.
It’s amazing what a vehicle can say about a character. It can be an indication of their personality and lead readers to make assumptions about the type of people they are. Many people judge others on the car they drive and I’m sure this flows over to the heroes in our books.
In Charlie’s Hero, Charlie drives a zippy Audi. He’s a schoolteacher and a very community minded person. His life has focused on finishing college, despite his parent’s rejection, and making a future for himself. Charlie’s a solid man who’s ready to settle down. His love of fast driving and his sporty car is his little departure from his otherwise sensible life. Josh sees the Audi as hint to Charlie’s wilder side which he finds a turn on.
Josh on the other hand, is a paramedic with a dangerous occupation. Cars aren’t really his thing. His brother, Andrew, is a mechanic and has a passion for doing up an old Mustang, but Josh didn’t inherit the family love of cars. Josh drives a practical truck when he’s not at work. His key ring says “My Other Car Is An Ambulance”. 🙂
So what about me? I drive a silver SUV. It’s a Hyundai that I just bought to replace my old Toyota. I’ll leave you to make up your own mind what you think that says about me. 😉
Have a great day,
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Schoolteacher Charlie Matthews returns to his hometown, looking to regain a sense of community, reconnect with friends, and settle down. It looks like his dreams have come true when paramedic Josh Campbell attends an accident at the school. It’s love at first sight, and a romance begins.
But Josh’s reluctance to come out to the brother who raised him, puts pressure on their fledgling relationship. While Charlie understands Josh’s concerns, he can’t help growing impatient. After all, Charlie came out years ago.
It’s not until Charlie confronts his own parents and realizes he hasn’t come to terms with their rejection that he fully understands what Josh has to lose. But Josh is Charlie’s hero, and Josh will do anything to prove to Charlie that to be part of a family, he doesn’t need his parents.