Monday, October 5, 2009

Spinning Wheels....

Would you spin off any of your characters? Who and why?

Since I write a series that juggles four main characters, this should be an easy question. All I need to do is pick one of the four to continue on their own, right?

Wrong. It could happen—especially with someone like Lydia who has a lot of complexities and who would make a great series lead. Plus, that would be easy—I already know her inside and out.

But the characters in the Angels of Mercy series who intrigue me the most and who would be fun to get to know better in a new series are the secondary characters, the ones I've just begun to discover while writing LIFELINES, WARNING SIGNS, and URGENT CARE.

Characters like Jerry Boyle, the cop with the bullet-proof exterior that hides the heart of an artist.

Or Scott "Gecko" Dellano, the hunky rock climbing paramedic who sees everything behind his trademark Oakley's and says little, except through his actions and tatts.

Probably the most intriguing secondary character from Angels of Mercy who I'd like to get to know better is Diana DeFalco, a trauma surgeon just back from tours in Iraq and Afghanistan.

She's still stunned by being back in the States, feeling off balance. In the OR everything feels right, she can effortlessly move from one crisis to the next.

But on the streets of Pittsburgh she feels lost. All those people aimlessly wandering, nattering on their cell phones, oblivious to everything and everyone around them. All those missed opportunities to connect, to get involved, to make a difference. All that waste….

I have no idea what crime element would propel Diana into her own story, but it would be fun to explore!

Kind of like Joe Pike's almost-solo adventure in Robert Crais' The Watchman.

Which secondary character or sidekick would you want to see have their own story?

Thanks for reading!

About CJ:
About CJ:
As a pediatric ER doctor, CJ Lyons has lived the life she writes about in her cutting edge suspense novels. Her debut, LIFELINES (Berkley, March 2008), became a National Bestseller and Publishers Weekly proclaimed it a "breathtakingly fast-paced medical thriller."

The second in the series, WARNING SIGNS, was released January, 2009 and the third, URGENT CARE, is due out October, 2009. Contact her at


Jen Forbus said...

And Joe Pike has another starring role in January - can't wait!

But I think I'd really like to see Mike Chapman in Linda Fairstein's series as a spin-off. I've always adored him. Or if Craig Johnson would write one of the books from Vic's perspective, not necessarily separate her from the other cast, just tell the story from her view. I just love her! My other choice would be Jonathan Kellerman's Milo Sturgis ; he did the spin off with Petra, but I would love to see a Milo-centered novel.

CJ Lyons said...

Great ideas, Jen! And thanks for the heads up on the new Joe Pike story--as much as I love Elvis, I find Pike very compelling!