I Want It Now! (Day 5 of Beach and Tai)

One of the things about Beach’s personality is that he’s a giant Id walking around. He wants and he sees no consequence to having what he wants right now. One of the hardest things in the world for me to wait for is book release day. Not just mine, but books in series or by authors I love. Those greatly anticipated dates I can rattle off like my own birthday.

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Name Issues: It’s Like My Theme or Something-Beach and Tai, Day 3

Like the characters in a lot of my books, the names on the birth certificates for Beach and Tai aren’t the names they are used to hearing themselves called, or even how they think of themselves.

Beach, as I mentioned in the earlier post has the first name David. He’s much more accustomed to his prep-school nickname of Beach, and that’s how he thinks of himself. However, from the first, Tai calls him David. As their relationship progresses, that one word David comes to mean something very special to Beach. But only Tai gets to call him that okay?

Tai. Wow. He and I fumbled for a name we both liked. Initially, he was Van. His mom had watched Trading Places over and over while she was pregnant with him and named him Valentine, which got shortened to Van. But neither of us were happy with it. The length was right, but it was missing his connection to his dad. I did research into Samoan naming customs. I knew his dad’s mom and aunts were there for his birth. Based on my research I came up with Toluaotai, which I hope means as I intended it to, Three Clouds Over the Ocean. Also based on my research, I found that name variants and family versions were common, so Tai he was. He got pretty tired of pronouncing it for people, so his probation officer listing is for T. Samuel Fonoti.

Poor Beach didn’t even know what Tai’s first name was until chapter five. But Tai was and is just fine with Beach calling him Sir.

That kind of name game isn’t unusual for me and my characters, though. I wonder if it’s because I’ve answered to so many different names/nicknames in my life. Pen name, geekdom name, nicknames. My parents chose to call me by my middle name from birth, so I’ve always been a little confused by one of life’s most basic questions. I still stammer a little when someone says, “Hi. What’s your name?” It shouldn’t surprise me that I’ve infected my characters with the same dilemma.

Check back to hang out with them over the next couple of days. Ask them any questions you would like in the comments.
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Then Along Came Tai–Day 2

Once David Beauchamp had firmly set himself up as a candidate for his own story, he needed a hero for his HEA. He assured me he didn’t particularly have a type, he knew what he liked when he saw it, so my brain started interviewing candidates for him. I’d done a class disparity story with Gavin and Jamie so I didn’t want the conflict focused on that. I kept seeing a glimpse of Beach’s guy, but couldn’t pin him down. Then at the end of Bad Influence, Silver got probation and the first thought from Eli was “Ooo, I wonder if your probation officer will be hot.” The idea of that initial conflict latched on and wouldn’t let go. As Beach’s hero became connected with authority, I knew his moral code wouldn’t let him have sex with a client. Therefore, they’d have to meet first.

Tai still didn’t have a name, but I knew him, knew what he looked like, Tai inspiration and sounded like, Vin Diesel, especially in Pitch Black. I even knew his family history. He also came to me stubbornly attached to a dog and a female child who insisted on the name Sammie. I didn’t even have Tai’s name yet, but I had a daughter named Sammie. Characters are pig-headed that way. They don’t care that then I have to do all these work-arounds because of their commitments to animals/children who can’t be left alone forever while my character goes off to have fun sexy times on his way to falling in love.

At least Tai was alone the night he met Beach. And then things took yet another surprising turn in the book that wasn’t supposed to be written.

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This Wasn’t Supposed to Happen

Bad Behavior wasn’t a book I was planning to write. Beach wasn’t a character I saw as a hero. Proof positive, his name.

Back when I was writing Bad Attitude, I needed Gavin to fall off that bridge. I wanted him to have a damned good reason, so the eternal party boy friend Beach was created. I named him David, which is one of my favorite placeholder names. It’s solid, but with no particularly strong feelings for me. When I went to college, it seemed like every other guy was named David, or more commonly Dave. It fit into my head as a name that I could use for side characters because I never intended to use it for a hero. Beauchamp came along because it could be shortened to Beach, a party boy name if ever I heard one, and because I loved Shanna by Kathleen Woodiwiss, and “And if you don’t please, the Beauchamp bitch” is still one of my favorite written lines ever.

So David Beauchamp went off the bridge, almost drowned. Gavin saved him but Beach went into a medically induced coma. I didn’t know if he’d wake up until I needed him to get Gavin in trouble again. So he did more stupid things. He had a reason, he told me, but I think he just liked getting in trouble. Again, though I knew he was bisexual, I never planned to make him a hero.

And then he popped up for just a page or two in Bad Influence, starting more trouble. He wasn’t particularly heroic then, either. But he hugged the line between charming and smarmy so perfectly when he hit on Silver at the art gallery that I had to know more about him. In just that brief walk-on, he stole my heart and upset all my plans for what I’d be writing next.

So Bad Behavior was I guess the unplanned brain child. Huh, does that make Beach the father? That boy gets around.

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