it’s not about me


I always try (with good intentions) to create characters who don’t mirror me, but I have discovered that’s easier said than done. For instance, when I started writing Breathless, Sedona had a cat. It wasn’t until the book was completed that I realized I had only mentioned her pet one time the entire book. I had to go back, add some appearances and weave that cute little sucker into the story. However, if the heroine had a dog, like my beloved Rudy, then he would have been all over that damn story! The same goes for creating characters with habits, likes, and dislikes that I might not agree with, or find odd, I had to learn it’s not about me. It’s about the character.

Currently, I am working on a romantic suspense and the lead character smokes cigarettes. Personally, I would never date a man who does, but again I have to remove my own personal opinions and beliefs from the story in order to create characters that ring true to the world around us. So I have posted on a cork board CIGARETTE SIGHTINGS in big bold letters in order to keep track of how often my hero pulls a cigarette out his back pocket to maintain realism.


The things writings go through to create believable characters. Readers…you have no idea!



About Angie

Since strutting onto the literary scene in five-inch heels, Angie Daniels has been capturing her audience’s attention with her wild imagination. The USA Today Bestselling Author has written over thirty novels for imprints such as BET Arabesque, Harlequin/Kimani Romance and Kensington/ Dafina and Kensington/Aphrodisia Books. Angie has won numerous awards including a Romantic Times Reviewers’ Choice Award for When it Rains, and an Emma Award for Favorite Erotic Romance, for A Delight Before Christmas. She began her road to publication in 2001 when she was offered a four-book deal with Genesis Press. In 2002 she signed with BET/Arabesque which was purchased by Harlequin/Kimani Romance in 2005. Angie joined Kensington Publishing in 2003. She has a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Columbia College. For more information about upcoming releases, and to connect with Angie on facebook

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