Rachel Thompson

@KSterlingWriter on How A Man Creates Compelling Female Characters #WriteTip #Mystery #TBR

I receive regular compliments, particularly from women, about how I create interesting and appealing female characters in my Jack Lazar novels. If you’ve read one of my books, you know that Jack (like James Bond) tangles with at least one new woman in each story while he wrestles with the bad guys and tries to stop whatever sinister plot may be going on. So there are quite a few “Lazar girls” out there to choose from.

Believe it or not, only one of those characters (Sarina Anapoulos in Lazar’s Intrigue) was based in part on a real person. But the fascinating thing about Sarina was that I had already invented her and was in the middle of writing that novel when I met her in real life. Pretty strange, huh? From that point on, writing passages about Sarina was a piece of cake.

As far as the rest of my sexy female characters go, I think what has played the greatest part in their creation is my absolute love and admiration of women as a whole. I’ve always found them fascinating, and I’m not just talking about how beautiful they are, although that certainly helps. I am intrigued by their perspectives and opinions, their sexy clothing, every curve of their bodies, their mannerisms and smiles, the way they apply their makeup and brush their hair, the things that trigger their various emotions, how the relish being desired, the way they do everyday things so differently from men… I could go on and on. I’ve always loved exploring women, both physically and emotionally, because I have an inexorable need to understand and experience everything about them.

Pardon me for a moment while I let out a deep, contented sigh.

You can see why I believe this is the key, right? In order to create authentic characters of any kind, an author needs to understand who they are. Not only that, he needs to get inside their heads and BE those characters. And how are you going to do that if there’s a lack of intimate understanding?

Admittedly, my grasp of the female psyche was probably enhanced by being raised primarily by my mom, and I had an inordinately large number of meaningful relationships (including with “Sarina”) before meeting my wife. But I still believe it is the unwavering desire to know them that makes all the difference.

So, if you’re a male author who struggles to get the women in your books to resonate, my suggestion is to take a step back and immerse yourself in everything female. Do what she does. Read her books and magazines. Watch her TV shows and movies. Eavesdrop on her with her friends. Proceed along the lines of Mel Gibson in What Women Want.

Then go on a sensual journey with the special woman in your life. Set aside some time to explore and appreciate every inch of her body with your hands…or even better, with your lips. Ask her what she thinks and feels about every subject under the sun, and see the wonder in all of it. Resist your primordial temptation to conquer, and instead just adore and embrace.

And when her magic is in your heart, invent her again and again.


"James Bond Meets Fifty Shades of Grey"

Immerse yourself in the world class novels that combine action, mystery & suspense with tantalizing and tastefully written erotica. You’ll find all your sensibilities roused at once with Kevin Sterling’s ultra-sexy, action-packed Jack Lazar Series.

In this fourth action-packed thriller, Jack travels to Denmark for a business venture, but what seems to be a textbook transaction turns into a nightmare after he gets involved with Katarina, a vivacious Danish girl who apparently lacks a moral compass, not to mention an off button. After naively believing their liaison was just a random encounter, Jack discovers she’s connected to his business deal, and there’s a dangerous political group with skin in the game, too.

Katarina makes a convincing case of being a victim, not part of the conspiracy, but can Jack really trust her?

The firestorm gets out of control as Jack digs deeper, unearths the convoluted plot behind it all, and discovers that innocent people are being heartlessly killed. He’s not only horrified by the reason why it’s happening, but how it’s being done, and there appears to be no way to stop it from occurring again.

Then the scheme’s real objective emerges, launching Jack into action with intelligence operatives to prevent it. But that’s not so easy with assassins on Jack’s tail, forcing him to struggle for survival while trying to prevent Katarina from getting caught in the crossfire.

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Genre – Action, Mystery, Suspense
Rating – R
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