Thursday, March 29, 2012

Get Ready To Play...

by Jennifer Probst

Exploring different careers for my heroes and heroines in stories is exciting for both the reader and writer.

In my upcoming release, Play Me, the second in the Steele Brothers series for 1Night Stand, Sloane Keller is a professional gambler in Vegas. She won the World Series of Poker and is termed the Queen of Cards.

Having a career in the limelight, and being a woman in a male dominated scene has given my heroine some distinct characteristics. She is a woman who loves control. Problem is, she secretly longs for a man to break that famous control and allow her to surrender to her deeper physical desires. But she has no idea how to do it.

Hmmm, good thing I created Rome Steele, a man worthy of her. He’s a dealer in Vegas and understands Sloane’s need for control. He also craves a woman strong enough to play some delicious games.

I think Madame Eve has made a perfect match!

Using a career to build certain personality aspects is a great tool, and gives readers a deeper look into character. In Catch Me, the first book in the Steele Brother series, Tara worked at a woman’s shelter and did accounting work. She is a softer personality, driven to help others, and craves the feeling of everything coming together in a tidy package with numbers.

As a writer, using a character’s life work is key in building up personality and providing a deeper understanding of what motivates our hero and heroine.

Here’s a quick blurb from Play Me, releasing on March 30th:

Professional gambler Sloane Keller is tired of dating weak willed men and longs to meet a man who challenges her dominant personality and forces her to submit. As the Queen of Cards, she’s used to making her own rules, and craves the excitement of Vegas. But her inner heart cries out for someone who can be her match, both inside the casino and in the bedroom. 

As the new dealer in town, Roman Steele is burnt out on women looking for a quick penny and a man to follow. He craves a woman with fire in her soul and a keen intellect who can challenge him. When his brother recruits Madame Eve to help, Rome is amazed at the complicated woman he gets to spend the night with. But when the evening is over, will she be gutsy enough to offer him forever?

What type of occupations do you like to read about? Do you have any favorites?
Do you agree occupation helps deepen a character? Stop by and comment!

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  1. I think the background/job/etc gives the character more depth and lets the reader see more fully into the hero/heroine.

    I don't have a preference for a occupation that I read about really. All I care about is a well written book!

    Congrats on the release...sounds like a great addition to 1NS series!

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