Julian Webb: sexy, cerebral gamma hero from Chaos Conquers All

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The book is finally out! Whoohoo! And in the midst of promoting it (who knew that would be more work than writing the novel?) my mind is wandering into the next book in the series. I think there will be big changes from my original plans for the two main characters Fredy and Payton. Hmm.

But today, I want to tell you about the hero from Chaos Conquers All, Julian Webb. He started out with a generic recipe: tall, dark and handsome. Then I had to validate those choices through his heritage.

The tall and handsome come from his father’s side, the Webbs. The Philadelphia Webbs are a larger than life family with deep roots in the history and politics of Eastern Pennsylvania. An obscene amount of money generated in the Gilded Age through railroad speculation has been jealously guarded by the patriarchs of the family. When these men married, they had the pick of the litter, favoring physical beauty, health, position and wealth. Marriages were arranged from a select and racially homogenous pool, with breeding the next generation of Webbs in mind, so the family’s power would grow. Julian’s father broke that tradition.

Julian’s gorgeous olive skin, deep green eyes and dark hair come from his Indian mother’s side. His 50/50 Indo-American mix is the same as mine, and I was able to draw on some of my knowledge of Indian culture to create the situation that brought Julian’s parents together. The length of his hair has as much to do with my lust for Daniel Day Lewis in Last of the Mohicans as it does for Naveen Andrews in The English Patient.

In most ways, Julian’s personality is the opposite of the quirky heroine in Chaos Conquers All, Helen. He watches and thinks more than he speaks. He uses his intellect and quiet confidence to control his world. When the story begins, he’s faced with a situation he can’t control: the current patriarch of the Webbs, his uncle, wants to destroy him. While he’s pulling apart this dilemma, Helen explodes into his life.

Next time: Helen’s slutty past

Chaos Friday!

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Chaos releases on Friday! I’m super excited to finally share the story of how these two special characters, Helen and Julian, find each other and fall in love. When I started the novel, I developed Helen Ficklesham first. I tried to pick a character that was as far from my own personality as possible. Kind of like what George does in Seinfeld when he makes the opposite choice of whatever he normally would do? Hey, if it worked for George Costanza…

Helen was easy and so much fun to write. But of course, the deeper I got into her character, the more complex she became. She comes into her own in this story, going from “Ficklespaz” as she calls herself in dark moments, to a young woman who owns her choices, good and bad. I love that she says what’s on her mind, even if it lacks complete coherency. She’s not one to sit back and wait for the right moment, which often gets her in trouble. I wish I had more of Helen’s optimism. Even when she’s down, she’s not out. Giving up doesn’t occur to her. She will always do something to fix a situation. It just might not be the right thing. It was a delight to create Helen’s imperfections. She’s not always honest, has a spiteful edge at times, and doesn’t think twice about using her body to get what she wants. But she has a good heart despite her faults, and that’s what hooks Julian.

Next time: Julian’s evolution