Story or Character – Which Came First?

Welcome to the blog! Thanks for stopping by. Today I have Trevann Rogers talking about how some of her characters came to be.

Here’s Trevann!

I’m often asked if I come up with the story or the characters first. That’s an easy one–it’s always the characters.

My process is interesting and substantially out of my control. Something will catch my attention–usually a song or music video–and someone pops into my head. Naturally he or she is not yet three dimensional, just a kernel of some emotion that has snared my heart. Yes, I said heart. I fall in love with all my heroes and heroines.

I remember once I watched a video by an artist who wasn’t usually my style, but the song hooked me–Time Waits for No One. It’s the tale of a woman telling her man that she wasn’t going to wait for him forever.


At the end of the video, it cuts to a street musician, standing on a dark city street in the light of one lone lamp post, playing a soulful, wailing guitar. I know it sounds simple but trust me, it was one of the most compelling– and one of the sexiest– images I’d ever seen. I wondered, was he waiting for someone? Was he lonely? Did he have anywhere to call home? Did anyone appreciate how talented he was, or how beautiful? I played the clip many times as his story revealed itself to me.

He was a street musician, making his way on his incredible talent, musical and otherwise, while he waited for his life to happen. Late one night, he nodded to two pretty young women as they walked by his spot under the street light. They smiled at him…and none of their lives were ever the same.

This bit of fantasy turned into a sexy short story, then a part of the backstory for my incubus rock star wannabe Cheyenne and the two vampires who inadvertently change his life forever.

And these characters changed mine. As for their stories, HOUSE OF THE RISING SON is the first, but there are more–they’re still unfolding. Stay tuned.

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Living After Midnight, Book 1

Cheyenne is a half-human incubus whose star is on the rise in the Unakite City rock scene. His father, the leader of the supernatural races, would prefer he keep a “low profile”, but screw that. Cheyenne has as much music in his veins as royal incubi blood.

Alexander’s future is all set—finish law school, join the family firm, and marry someone who’d be good for business. Not that he has a say in any of it. He’s barely met the woman his father expects him to marry.

As Cheyenne’s musical career takes off, his carefully constructed life begins to unravel, exacerbated by an ex-lover who can’t let go, a crotchety barkeeper with a dirty mind and a pure heart, a drag queen who moonlights as a nanny, and Alexander—who’s not sure if he’s falling for the incubus or the rocker.

Cheyenne denies who he is, while Alexander hides what he wants. Together, they learn that getting what they truly want means being who they truly are.

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Trevann Rogers writes urban fantasy and LGBT paranormal romances. Her stories incorporate an unquenchable addition to music and her love for vampires, Weres, incubi and rock stars. Like these elusive creatures, Trevann learned long ago that sometimes being yourself means Living After Midnight.

You can find Trevann online at:
Twitter: @TrevannRogers

Cindy here again!

Thanks for guesting, Trevann. Music helps me come up with stories too. I usually have the story first though, then the characters.

Happy writing!

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