Meet Kyle Madden, Leading Man in THE BETRAYAL

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One of the things I enjoy doing as an author is crossing characters from one novel into another. After all, they’re just sitting there, doing nothing, so I may as well put them to work, right? One of these crossover characters is Kyle Madden, who we first meet in The Reunion. Kyle is the police detective who warns Gillian, the leading lady, about her ex-husband, Jason.

As I began formulating the plot line for The Betrayal, I decided to include a good cop/bad cop story, with my leading man being the good cop. The story would be set in Phoenix, and, rather than create a leading man from scratch, I decided to use Kyle. He’d only played a minor role in The Reunion, as a generic police detective, so he had plenty of potential. In The Betrayal, Kyle becomes a thirty-something divorced dad whose wife had left him, and their young son, a few years earlier. Kyle wants very much to be a good father, but his demanding career takes up too much of his time, and it has left him feeling burned out.

Kyle first meets Emily, the leading lady, at an art gallery opening, but they’re destined to meet again. This time, however, it’s official police business, and Kyle soon realizes that Emily is being framed for a crime she didn’t commit. As he fights to prove her innocence, he’ll discover that one of his fellow officers is behind the nefarious plot.

Kyle is a hero who was inspired by real heros, all of the dedicated real life police officers out there who put their lives on the line for the rest of us each and everyday.

MM

Meet George McCormick, Crossover Character from THE DECEPTION

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As I write more novels I find myself getting into the habit of using crossover characters, meaning I’ll take a supporting character from one book, and use him or her in another novel. Must be a habit I picked up a few years ago when I wrote a series of children’s books under a different name. The same two kids appeared in all the books, so I got comfortable with the idea of carrying characters from one book to another.

George McCormick, from The Deception character, was my first crossover character. A crusty ex homicide detective turned private investigator in The Deception, George is hired by Alex to prove Carrie’s innocence after she’s wrongly accused of plagiarism and copyright infringement. Later on, when Alex disappears, Carrie sends George to search for him.

George went on to appear in my next novel, The Journey. This time around he’s been hired by an insurance company to investigate the disappearance and apparent murder of Jeremy Palmer. While not as big of a role this time around, George nonetheless plays a pivotal part in the story.

Crossover characters make the novels more fun. Readers will recognize those characters from other novels, and it’s a nice way to interconnect my stories. Look for more crossover characters in future novels.

Enjoy.

MM