Erica Cameron on Assassins: Discord ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

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Title: Assassins: Discord
Author: Erica Cameron
Publisher: Riptide
Cover Artist: Damonza
Genre: Action/Adventure, Gay, Gay Fiction, Mystery/Thriller, Thriller, Young Adult
Release Date: 09/05/2016


Kindra’s moral compass has never pointed north, but that’s what happens when you’re raised as an assassin and a thief. At sixteen, she’s fantastic with a blade, an expert at slipping through the world unnoticed, and trapped in a life she didn’t chose. But nothing in her training prepares her for what happens when her father misses a target.

In the week-long aftermath, Kindra breaks ranks for the first time in her life. She steals documents, starts questioning who their client is and why the target needs to die, botches a second hit on her father’s target, and is nearly killed. And that’s before she’s kidnapped by a green-eyed stranger connected to a part of her childhood she’d almost forgotten.

Kindra has to decide who to trust and which side of the battle to fight for. She has to do it fast and she has to be right, because the wrong choice will kill her just when she’s finally found something worth living for.

Secondary Characters: Why they are important to the story?

Even Castaway had Wilson. I mean, let that sink in for a second. Even Castaway, a movie about a man lost at sea and marooned on an island alone, had a second character. Yes, it was a volleyball with a face painted on it, but what Wilson shows is how important community and companionship is to humans. So much so that we’ll create one if there isn’t a real one to be had.

No one lives their entire life alone. Even if they choose to separate themselves from the rest of society and go live in the wilds somewhere, people have still impacted their life. Each of those people has their own history and their own story to tell. That’s how it is in life, and the stories authors tell have to reflect that richness and depth. When they don’t, readers notice.

The people in a book who aren’t the main character aren’t secondary at all, really. They’re characters. Just like the setting the story takes place in and the plot that complicates everyone’s lives, they give the story life and create a world that readers will either want to live in or, will talk about and remember and love. Without a full cast of characters, the story falls flat. People may read it and even like it, but it won’t resonate with them the same way. Think about series like Harry Potter or worlds like Tortall. You don’t just remember the person who’s eyes you see the story through, you remember their friends and enemies and classmates and everyone else they interact with.

When you can tell, just from a brief interaction, that a character has a life beyond whatever reason the protagonist needs them to exist for, that’s when you know you’ve got a well-built world and a story that has the chance to stay with a reader long after they’ve finished the book.


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Local Giveaway

To celebrate the release of Assassins: Discord, one lucky winner will receive $30 in Riptide Publishing credit! Leave a comment with your contact info to enter the contest. Entries close at midnight, Eastern time, on September 10, 2016. Contest is NOT restricted to U.S. entries. Thanks for following the tour, and don’t forget to leave your contact info!

About the Author

After a lifelong obsession with books, Erica Cameron spent her college years getting credit for reading and learning how to make stories of her own. Erica graduated with a double major in psychology and creative writing from Florida State University and began pursuing a career as an author.

Erica is many things but most notably the following: writer, reader, editor, dance fan, choreographer, singer, lover of musical theater, movie obsessed, sucker for romance, ex-Florida resident, and quasi-recluse. She loves the beach but hates the heat, has equal passion for the art of Salvador Dali and Venetian Carnival masks, has a penchant for unique jewelry and sun/moon décor pieces, and a desire to travel the entire world on a cruise ship. Or a private yacht. You know, whatever works.

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8 thoughts on “Erica Cameron on Assassins: Discord ~ Guest Blog Local Giveaway

  1. Secondary characters are as important as main characters IMHO. Because they are also ‘part’ of the MC’s character built!


  2. I feel like secondary characters adds a layer of depth in to the main character and also helps to add a bit of relief to the story in form of comedy or something else.
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  3. Sometimes I’m more interested in the secondary characters than the MCs! Thanks for the post.

  4. Thanks for the great post! The best secondary characters are always the ones that seem to have a life beyond what we see in the story. violet817(at)aol(dot)com

  5. I feel that the secondary characters make the story much richer and more interesting. Thank you for sharing.

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