Let’s talk about the heroes of my Relic Defender series.
Mikos – Key of Solomon, Book 1
Mikos was a bit different. He was always a fallen angel. Besides changing his name several times (Sigh. Nothing just seemed right), I struggled with his redemption. Oh, not the fact that he wanted it. That was the easy part. I struggled with getting him what he really needed and how to make that work with everything that was stacked against him. He’s not a whiny hero. He knows he made bad choices in the past and regrets the decisions that led him to Fall. He could have easily gone the route of blaming Lucifer, but he didn’t. He realized no one forced him to Fall; he did that himself because he thought he wanted something. Throughout the story, Mikos learns that sometimes what we want and what we need are two different things. One of my favorite movies is Legion and in it, the Archangel Michael (Paul Bettany–lovely man [pictured]) says to fellow Archangel Gabriel (Kevin Durand–yummy as Gabriel), “You gave him what he asked for..I gave him what he needed.” That’s exactly at the core of this story-giving Mikos what he needed.
I really enjoyed writing him and discovering what makes him tick. And with this being a series, despite each story having a new hero/heroine, I will get to revisit with Mikos again and again. I hope you enjoy his story, too.
In book 2, which comes out in August, I got to write about another delicious hero. He was introduced in Key of Solomon but gets his own happily ever after in this book. Irreverant and charming, Texan, Jackson McKay, started out as a mercenary but changed his ways in book 1. For Jackson, imagine a light-hearted, takes nothing serious playboy in a relationship with Marisol, a demon warrior angel. Sparks will fly and that’s not just the ones from her fingertips.
Jackson has been fun to write. Coming after the fairly serious, Mikos, Jackson’s lightheartedness was a change of pace. I’m not a humorous writer (maybe a little witty?), but I wanted to show Jackson with a light side in contrast not only to Mikos but also to Marisol. But, make no mistake, Jackson is one tough dude and more than capable of standing up for what he believes in and kicking ass right alongside Mari. Good thing because in book 2, there’s a lot of ass-kicking that needs to be done.
Ah, Ash. He’s my favorite so I saved him for last. Ash is my dark, tortured hero, and I love to write tortured heroes. Ash Fell with Mikos and quickly became Lucifer’s right hand man, an assassin. Known as The Slayer, Ash is the one Lucifer sends to educate and discipline rebellious demons. That type of lifestyle is bound to do something to a guy, wouldn’t you say? But, being an assassin is not the worst of Ash’s failings. You see, he did something really bad to someone he loved. He killed her.
Yes, that’s right. My hero killed his heroine. Oh, there’s a reason, and I’ll leave it to you all to decide if his reasoning was strong enough. Book 3 is his and Kat’s story. Will Ash find his redemption and get a second chance at love? Well, you’ll just have to wait and find out. I don’t have a release date for this one but am shooting for early 2013.
So, those are the heroes of the Relic Defender series. I hope you enjoyed reading about them. Next time, I’ll talk about the women that tame them.
What about you? Who are some of your favorite heroes and what makes them a favorite?