BAD BOYS AND NAUGHTY GIRLS
RWA San Francisco 2008
Jordan Dane, Cindy Gerard, CJ Lyons, Lucia Macro and Allison Brennan
There are bad boys . . . and then there are bad boys. One of the most difficult
tasks in writing an imperfect character is losing reader sympathy. Your reader
must care about what happens to your hero and heroine. Your reader needs to
have sympathy for them in order to be invested in the main characters and
root for them all the way to the end.
But good girls and boys aren’t as fun to write, and not always realistic. But
there are ways to make your “baddest” hero appealing, and ways to make
your most evil villain believable. And it all happens near the beginning.
This workshop focuses on how to create great heroes and fantastic heroines
from your bad boys and naughty girls . . . and how to create compelling
villains who are worthy of your protagonists.
Meet the panel is ts :
Jordan Dane, debut author with Avon with her back-to-back romantic
suspense trilogy starting with No One Heard Her Scream in April 08. Watch for
her new “Sweet Justice” series beginning in February 09 with Evil Without a
Face. Visit: www.jordandane.com.
Cindy Gerard, NYT bestselling author of sexy and adventurous romantic
suspense, launches her new “Black Ops” series with Pocket this fall starting
with Show No Mercy in October 08. Winner of a RITA and five-time finalist, visit
her at www.cindygerard.com.
CJ Lyons, a pediatric ER doc, blazed onto the writing scene with her cross-
genre women’s fiction thriller series “Angels of Mercy” with Lifelines (Mar 08)
which Publisher’s Weekly called “a spot-on debut” and garnered her a Top
Pick from RT. Check her out at: www.cjlyons.net
Lucia Macro, Executive Editor at Avon, who says Jane Eyre is hands down
her favorite heroine. Visit the Avon romance blog at:
And the moderator, NYT bestselling author and three-time RITA finalist
Allison Brennan, who RT says produces