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Sunday, May 20, 2012
Special Guest Sunday -- Chris Redding!
Welcome, Chris Redding!Today, Chris shares insight into bad boys and why we love them.We all have probably had one or two in our
lives so grab your coffee (or beverage of choice) and enjoy!
The bad boy holds a special place in my heart. I married the
antithesis of a bad boy, but for some reason they hold some appeal. Maybe
because I can watch them and be friends with them without worrying about
succumbing to their charms. Not that I think I ever really succumbed to
anyone’s charms. I don’t trust anyone that much and you come on strong I back
clarify. Bad boys are not the kind you see on cops with their
girlfriend/wife/mother/sister yelling at them from the trailer. These are men
who are so enamored of women that they have studied them for years.
some of the traits of a bad boy?
He’s confident. He’s good in bed. (Or at least he thinks he is.) He thrives on
being bad and he knows how to get you to do what he wants. He has studied women
for years and knows every type and how to get past their defenses. Think about
your hero. Wouldn’t he be fun to write this way? Wouldn’t it be fun to live
vicariously through a guy like this? (What? You don’t sometimes imbue your
characters with traits you’d like to have?)
So bad boys come in all shapes and
sizes. He doesn’t need to be an ex-Special Forces guy. He can be that college
professor or the accountant who does your taxes. Wow. Now I really want to
write a bad boy in my next book.
Bad boys study women endlessly. They don’t just know
generalities about women. They know specifics about the women they are
pursuing. There is a certain charm in that. They do see women as individuals.
During the chase. After, probably not.
He isn’t a
player. A player will brag, only go after one type of woman and cares only
enough about them to get them into bed. A bad boy is discreet about his
conquests, likes all women and does know more about them then just how to get
them into bed.
that sound like a fun hero of a romance novel?
have to be ex Special Forces.
My former boss
is a former bad boy. He’s a paramedic who used to be a paid firefighter.
Why do you
want your hero to have bad boy qualities? Because it can stir up the story and
give it conflict.
How does a
bad boy do this? What are the techniques? There are three of them: Tell you
that you are beautiful, encourage naughtiness, occasionally fight.
of those sound like a hero in a romance novel?
know how to compliment a woman in a way that is unique to her. They don’t go
for the obvious, but rather something very personal to the woman. Think about
giving your heroine some unique trait. Maybe she snorts when she laughs. He
finds that irresistible. So he’ll comment and compliment her on it. But he does
it in a way that she isn’t offended.
most likely take her off guard. She’ll respond.
the buttoned down heroine getting to let loose with her bad boy. She goes out
and buys that party pack of glow-in-the-dark ribbed condoms. Haven’t you ever
seen someone really let loose? It’s invigorating to watch.
Or think of that person who doesn’t
laugh very often. Getting them to laugh is so cathartic. There was a deliver
guy at a library I once worked at. He went about his business and never made
eye contact. That’s a challenge to me. So I said hello to him every day. By the
fifth time he said it back. I think one of the librarians within ear shot had
never heard the guy’s voice.
a bad boy feels when he can get a woman to let loose.
just scraped the surface of what a bad boy is and how you can use him in your
Chris Redding’s latest book, Incendiary, is out now.. A
firefighter accused of arson tries to find the real culprit while rekindling a
long ago love.
Chris Redding lives in NJ
with her husband, two boys (one of which is a bad boy to be) a dog and three
rabbits. When not writing she works in the male dominated field of Emergency
Medical Services. For more details about her books visit www.chrisreddingauthor.com. She
blogs at http://chrisredddingauthor.blogspot.com.
Her latest thriller is Blonde Demolition
available on Amazon.
You just can't hide
from the past...
Mallory Sage lives in a small, idyllic town where nothing
ever happens. Just the kind of life she has always wanted. No one, not even her
fellow volunteer firefighters, knows about her past life as an agent for
Former partner and lover, Trey McCrane, comes back into
Mallory's life. He believes they made a great team once, and that they can do
so again. Besides, they don't have much choice. Paul Stanley, a twisted killer and their old nemesis, is back.
Framed for a bombing and drawn together by necessity, Mallory
and Trey go on the run and must learn to trust each other again―if they hope to
survive. But Mallory has been hiding another secret, one that could destroy their
relationship. And time is running out.