Writing a character organically means coming up with a complete back-story and history on imaginary people. Motivation to drive the story forward and obstacles for drama must be overcome and the only way to do that is to flesh out a character’s history.
This is linked to your Red Wolves Motorcycle Club series. Why did you choose to write this as a spin-off?
Sometimes, a secondary character can be really charming simply because there’s no pressure to develop their backstory. They can be larger than life. So when I wrote the fourth Red Wolves MC book, Lily Roar, I introduced a new character named Romeo.
Paris is probably the widely thought city for love and romance. The architecture, the history, the passion, the friendliness of the people…seriously, I never had a bit of problem with the French. Of course, I always said I was Canadian and they love Canada, so maybe I’m a bit off on that point.
• Avaryan Rising by Judith Tarr. I've always said if you want to learn how to write beautiful prose, this book is a must. It's actually three novels of the Avaryan world rolled into one, and it pushed me to become a better writer.