Thanks for visiting the blog today. I’ve got Avery Flynn here talking about characters who steal scenes.
Tom Cruise as Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder.
Melissa McCarthy as Megan in Bridesmaids.
Grandma Mauzer in Janet Evanovich’s Stephanie Plum novels.
What do they have in common? These characters steal the scene. They walk into this fictional world for only a short time, but when you put down the book or walk out of the movie theater you are still laughing (or crying) because of them. Sure the hero and heroine are the stars, but the scene stealing characters, well, I can’t help but have a soft spot for them.
As a writer I don’t set out to write a scene stealing character, but in every story of mine you’ll find them. In all three of my Layton Family books (Temptation Creek, Seduction Creek and the latest Passion Creek), the Layton family matriarch, Glenda, almost walked away with the readers’ hearts even though she was only in a few scenes.
At that moment he spotted the tell-tale neon green winter coat and matching bedazzled knit hat. Only one human being in the world thought neon green needed to be jazzed up.
Luckily, Glenda Layton’s back was to them as she walked toward his office. Shit. If his mother saw them together, she wouldn’t rest until she knew everything about Josie. And when it came to digging up gossip, no one was better than his mother – especially if it
involved her children. Persuading Glenda not to interfere in her children’s lives was about as easy as teaching a goat to use a fork and knife.
Glenda stopped in the middle of the sidewalk, her gloved hand digging through her purse. She brought out a cell phone.
“Yellow,” she hollered into the phone, her mispronounced greeting carrying over the wind.
If he played it right, he could get past her. Gripping Josie’s ice-cold fingers in his, he sped up the pace.
Swerving around the students shuffling to class, he hoped a few of the wrapped up co-eds would serve as a wall between them and Glenda. Ignoring Josie’s squawk of protest, he hoofed it down the sidewalk.
A few feet now and they’d be past Glenda and her inquiring mind.
Right as they were steps away from his mom, she snapped the phone shut and turned.
He and Josie came face-to-face with Glenda.
She took in the other-worldly blonde beside him and her gaze traveled down to his fingers wrapped around Josie’s. When she looked back up, he swore he could see grandchildren reflected in the depths of her brown eyes.
A shy wall flower Glenda is not. She’s not always the most subtle of characters, but she loves her children and really wants to see them happy – even if she has to push and shove them in the right direction.
So why do readers (and I’m counting myself as a reader too) love scene stealing characters? Because they often are our voice in the story, prodding the main characters to realize something they may not be ready to acknowledge yet or they may be the much-needed laugh in a tense situation.
That’s how it works with Glenda. She has a different type of relationship with each of her four children, but she works hard to help them see the light and make their way to happiness. Glenda has her work cut out for her in with Sam in Passion Creek , but I wouldn’t bet against her.
Passion Creek by Avery Flynn – Blurb
Uptight history professor Sam Layton may have the abs of a movie action hero, but he stopped
believing in the joy of adventure a long time ago. However, when a one-night stand with a tattooed bombshell leads to a treasure map for the long-buried Rebecca’s Bounty, the call to action is too strong to ignore.
All Las Vegas cocktail waitress Josie Winarsky wants to do is paint. But when she lands smack dab in the middle in a mob plot, she has to push aside her dreams to find a treasure in Dry Creek, Nebraska and save her family from harm. With Sam at her side and a Vegas loan shark on her tail, the treasure she finds turn out to be much more valuable than emeralds and rubies.
Passion Creek by Avery Flynn available Aug. 31.
Watch the book trailer at http://averyflynn.com/blog/passion-danger-treasure-caught-on-video/
About Avery Flynn
Avery Flynn has three slightly-wild children, loves a hockey-addicted husband and is desperately hoping someone invents the coffee IV drip. Evernight Publishing released the first two books in her Layton Family series, Temptation Creek and Seduction Creek. The third book in the series, Passion Creek, released on Aug. 31. Find out more about Avery on her blog (www.averyflynn.com), follow her on Twitter (@averyflynn), like her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Avery-Flynn/177161972329973) or friend her on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/avery.flynn.7). Also, if you figure out how to send Oreos through the Internet, she’ll be your best friend for life.
Thanks for stopping by today, Avery! I do love a character who steals the scene.
Until next time…