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My character is afraid of flying – now what? by Cassandra Carr


In my recent release Public Affairs, I decided my hero had to be afraid of flying. There are legitimate, though not entirely rational reasons for his fear, but it was necessary to the plot. Okay, that’s great. Makes him interesting. But how, as a writer, do I say something more than “He’s afraid of flying.” How can I make this point part of the story and actually advance the plot?
What I decided to do was give my hero a really cool car. In the story, the hero is about eight hours away from home for most of the time, and he’s driven, since he won’t fly. He’s also well-off, so I looked for a car that “matched” him. Sure, I could’ve thrown him in a Lexus or something, but when there are so many cool, classic cars, why would I do that?
I was on the hunt. I rejected car after car, tearing through the Internet. The hunt took me most of an afternoon, mainly because I kept rabbit-holing – Oh! This one is cool! No, this one! Crap, that’s not right, keep going. You get the point.
What did I find? A 1963 Porsche. But not just a 1963 Porsche. A 1963 Porsche 356C series edition. Huh? Why did I settle on that particular car?
So I could write this:

He pointed to the car. “Tell me about her.”

Without hesitation, Val said, “It’s a 1963 356 series. Series C, to be exact.”

Nate’s eyebrows were about to push into the hair on top of his head and his lower torso region was rapidly heating as he listened to her smooth voice.

“Pushrod engine, less than twenty thousand made. The flat-faced hubcaps distinguish them from the original 356 series, as does the larger coupe light.”

“I’m impressed.” That’s the sexiest thing a woman has ever said to me. Smart, beautiful, and she knows classic cars. A lethal combination, at least for him, so it would seem. He leaned over her, pressing into her personal space just a little. She didn’t back down and his groin stirred further. Val might be a very dangerous distraction. Fortunately he was an adrenaline junkie. Nate pulled the passenger door open. “Get in.” His voice came out rough and husky and he could swear he saw those amazing eyes darken for a moment.

Why was that important to write? Because that little vignette establishes my heroine as different from the women my hero usually meets in his line of work, who tend to be rather vapid. He’s instantly intrigued, and the sexual tension really starts to ramp up from there.

All because of a classic car and my hero being afraid of flying.

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About Cassandra:
Cassandra Carr is a multi-award winning romance writer. When not writing she enjoys watching hockey and hanging out online. Cassandra’s books have won numerous “Best Book Of” awards and her novella Unexpected Top was nominated in the E-book Erotic Romance category of RT’s Reviewers’ Choice Awards.

She thinks the best part of being a writer is how she writes about love and sex while most others struggle with daily commutes, micro-managing bosses and cranky co-workers. Her inspiration comes from everywhere, but she’d particularly like to thank the Buffalo Sabres, the hockey team near and dear to her heart.
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World-renowned neurosurgeon, master chef, secret member of American royalty, seducer of legions of beautiful, outrageously sexy angels and demons and vampires and werewolves and the occasional pirate, Lisa Fox has done it all… in her own mind. In reality, she can generally be found at her desk with a cup of coffee close at hand. Or maybe a martini. It really depends on the day.

4 thoughts on “My character is afraid of flying – now what? by Cassandra Carr

  1. Who needs to fly when you have a HOT car like that? Lol! Thanks for hanging out with is today, Cassandra!

  2. I love guys with sexy cars! I would drive every where if I had that car. Thanks for sharing and can’t wait to read more.

  3. Cassandra, thank you for being an author who thinks about characterization. Sometimes I’m reading a book, and things are going on with characters that come out of left field, with seeming little thought to the hows and whys. I’m glad to see Nate and Val are going to have a wild ride that fits who they are. Thanks for sharing with us!

  4. I love that you get lost in your research – it is reflected in your writing. It is often the details that can save a book from being just another non-unique book I’ve read.

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