The Evolution of Seth Ripley
The idea for Seth Ripley came to me first. Okay, actually what showed up in my mind’s eye first was a scorching hot blow job scene. Seth, as a character, was fairly well-formed. I knew he was a fire fighter, I even knew some of his back-story. He came to being a fire fighter later in life, inspired to change careers by the events of 9-11. His family didn’t understand, and certainly his (now ex) wife didn’t understand.
This is Seth. Well over six feet of muscled, slightly smokey, first responder hotness.
So I knew about Seth. I didn’t know about his lady. After a little poking at the heroine, the lovely Eden Thomas, she started to reveal some interesting things. She’s smart and driven, so much so that she’s put everything but her career on hold. She became a trauma surgeon after a childhood injury. And her best friend is a huge part of her life.
When Emily and I started writing their story, it became very clear that Eden’s best friend, Ryan, was going to be a problem. Not because he’s a bad guy, but just because he is a guy. A hot guy. Who happens to be a fellow fire fighter. Oops.
I think first responder stories, in general, start with an advantage. You already know something about the character. You know they want to serve, and you know they’ve got guts and courage. But not all first responders are alike, and fleshing out those differences is what makes stories interesting. I particularly enjoy the process of figuring out who they are outside of work, and putting that in context with other characters. Those interactions say so much about us as individuals.
In any case, we had a lot of fun writing Seth and Eden’s story, and we really hope you enjoy reading their story as much as we enjoyed writing it.
Enough of that. Let’s get down to the good stuff. Contest. It’s super easy. Tell me in the comments what you like about first responders. What draws you to them as characters? I’ll assign everyone numbers, put the numbers in a random number generator (or maybe my daughter’s lego bin), and pick a winner. What do you win, you ask? Good question. Your choice, in whatever format you choose, from my currently available books.