|Naomi Watts would play Jules in movie version.|
Writing and reading great characters in a book is certainly what drives me to spend more money on books than on food. But occasionally I come across a best friend or side-kick character that truly puts the icing on the cake!
Even as an author I aspire to write best friends that readers love, remember, and anticipate on the page. That means they must be loyal and multi-faceted, but never predictable.
Workmates Can Prove Loyal FriendsFor example, my photographer heroine, Jules, in my romantic suspense novel, An Eye For Danger, doesn't have a trove of girlfriends. Heck, she doesn't have friends at all, since she's a loner. Her editorial assistant, Howard, who aspires to be Editor-n-Chief one day, proves the only real friendship she's got.
|Jim Parsons as Howard.|
|Stephen Amell as Sam Fields. Sexy!|
Male Bonds are Harder to Break... and FixMy hero, Sam, an undercover cop in the same book, has a very different type of best friend in James, a former boxer who's edgy, authoritative, and runs a chop shop. Sam is dedicated to upholding the law, but the guy he grew up with in the hood will always be considered his brother, even if they went opposite directions with their career choices.
So when Sam reunites with James while on the run, he expects that bond to mean James has his back. James' loyalty goes too far, however, and he turns on Jules, putting her to the test. James wants to save Sam from another unfaithful woman, but ends up temporarily severing his friendship with Sam. What will he do to earn that friendship back? (And earn Jules' forgiveness?) Sorry, I can't give away the end of the book :)
|Wentworth Miller could play James. Hot!|
Sam could be played by an older Stephen Amell (from the TV show Arrow, and here he is at the recent ComicCon http://www.justjared.com/photo-gallery/2913996/stephen-amell-katie-cassidy-arrow-comic-con-2013-panel-04/).
Sam's best friend character? Wentworth Miller could definitely play James because he's also edgy and has that dark and mysterious look about him.
Jules and Sam have another friend in common. Besides becoming each other's best friend, they both adore Max, a lab-German shepherd mix with a penchant for finding trouble.
Sometimes a Girl's Best Friend is Her Dog
Never predictable, Max is the one that jumps right into a murder scene to save the day, but also the one to lead a fugitive back to Jules' apartment. Of course, even Max can figure out that this fugitive is the perfect guy for lonely Jules.
When Sam or Jules' life is in danger, he's there to bite the bad guy. When they need to smile during rough times, Max is there with a dumb trick to lighten the mood. And when either of them needs comforting, he's at their side to snuggle or give a sloppy kiss.
|Body double Max, Jules' best furry friend|
And here's the dog picture I used for Max, which I found online and fit his image.
So who's your favorite best friend character in a book? Comment to win a free copy of my ebook, An Eye For Danger...
For more images, check out my Pinterest page I used while writing An Eye For Danger: http://pinterest.com/christinefairch/an-eye-for-danger-romantic-suspense-book/
I've also published a book about character development to help other authors/editors create more memorable heroes, heroines, and best friend characters: The Editor Devil's Gude to Characters
For more information about me, check out my personal page here on Beach Read Authors, or look me up at my editing blog, http://EditorDevil.blogspot.com