Apr 042015

Secondary characters: Fun and function

Secondary characters serve many functions in your story from comic relief to foil for your hero. Knowing the part these characters play and how to best use these secondary players in your book can help strengthen your plot and better define your lead characters.

NS.B.CornelisonAbout the speaker

Early in life Beth Cornelison swore three things: 1- She’d NEVER go to the University of Georgia, 2- she’d never work in fast food and 3- she’d never date a guy with facial hair. Since swearing these things, she’s learned never to say never! Her first job after high school was Captain Ds (with her best friend- she had a blast), UGA has a really good Journalism school…so she transferred after two years at Agnes Scott and earned her degree in Public Relations from UGA, and she met the coolest, funniest, sweetest guy at her church after her freshman year of college…Yep, he had-and still has- a mustache. Go figure. After working in public relations for about a year, she moved with her husband to Louisiana, where she decided to pursue her love of writing fiction.

Since that time, she has won numerous honors for her work including a final in the 2010 RITA contest sponsored by the Romance Writers of America. She made her first sale to Silhouette Intimate Moments in June 2004 and has gone on to sell many more books to Harlequin/Silhouette. She has also published with Five Star Expressions, Samhain Publishing, and Sourcebooks.