Showing posts with label Jolene Silva. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Jolene Silva. Show all posts

Friday, January 11, 2019

Let's talk about Jolene Silva πŸ‘„

Jolene Silva first popped up in this series in the latter part of We're All Animals and has continued to be part of the cast of characters in Always be a Wolf, The Devil is Smooth Like Honey, A Devil Named Hernandez and the latest, And the Devil Will Laugh.

The interesting aspect of this character was how difficult it was to learn anything about her. She was always a mystery and even as the writer, I was having difficulty pulling anything out of her secret world. As it turns out, she had a lot of surprises that would come out as the series grew. We would eventually learn about some of her vices as well as see her more vulnerable side.

What I love about Jolene is that she is strong and even though she hits some low points, this is a character that always rises above everything and comes back stronger. Jolene is very passionate about what she believes in and she always does what she perceives as the right thing even though many times, she chooses to do so in secret rather than to share with her tribe. I think that many of us can hide within ourselves and try to avoid sharing our fears and struggles but in the end, just like Jolene, discover that there's more support for us than we originally believed.

I think this is an amazing character that creates a nice balance within the group. Although she certainly makes a lot of mistakes along the way and risks her own life, there's just something about Jolene Silva, a strength, that always makes her rise back to the top.

Sunday, September 2, 2018

Why we need more strong female characters πŸ’ͺ🏼

I guess it should be a given that we need strong, female characters in our books and television shows, however, I'm not always seeing it.

It's disappointing that in 2018 I've seen a few cringe-worthy examples. I recently caught part of a soap opera where a woman talked about how she 'found happiness' with a new man in her life, which clearly suggested that she couldn't be or wasn't happy before he appeared. In the same show, a woman was playing the whole eye-lash-batting, I-don't-like-you-but-I-do game that caused me to roll my eyes.

That was a fail. Women don't need to play games or feel less valuable when they're single and TV shows that perpetuate this scenario need to refresh their storylines and remember it's 2018.

Not to suggest that my female characters are always strong. They have their weak moments just as we all have but for the most part, I like to think that they are powerful, independent and self-reliant. Paige NoΓ«l-Hernandez and Jolene Silva from my most recent books are excellent examples. Physically and mentally, these women are able to take on any situation fearlessly; no hand holding or white knight required.

One of the things that I think is important to mention is that I'm not just talking about adults when I insist on strong female characters. My most recent books have a young girl named Maria Hernandez (the daughter of protagonist Jorge Hernandez) who also demonstrates a great deal of strength. I think we sometimes forget that young girls are learning how to be young women in our society and it is important that they also aren't taught to take a weak position in order to get attention or be accepted. Maria tends to really stand her ground and although she can get a little out of hand sometimes, for the most part, she demonstrates a strong, confident child who's an independent thinker and fearless by nature. She smart, articulate and bold.

Needless to say, I don't tend to write about the 'damsels in distress' and I'm certainly not writing a fairy tale scenario where the prince swoops up on his white horse...I will leave that book for someone else. πŸ˜’

Let's talk about the character Diego Silva 🏳️‍πŸŒˆπŸ‡¨πŸ‡΄

The character Diego Silva came along at the end of We're All Animals and he's been in every one of my books since. He's definitely a fan favorite with a very distinct personality.

Diego Silva is abrupt, vocal and direct, however, he also carries this nervous energy, almost as if he is wired on caffeine (and he probably is πŸ˜„) and can't stop moving. He's known for his sudden, loud remarks almost as if he has anxiety brewing underneath the surface. Of course, he has an unexpected soft side that sometimes comes out but it's not something everyone sees and certainly not his enemies.

Diego is the brother of Jolene Silva, the woman who originally hired Chase Jacobs in We're All Animals. He made a surprise appearance at the end of the book but had such a strong presence that I just had to continue to write about him. In fact, the book that follows, Always be a Wolf, is as much about Diego as Chase, despite the fact that Chase is the protagonist. The book centers on their friendship and learning about Diego through Chase's eyes. It's really an interesting interpretation considering that Chase is highly observant and sensitive.

Something that isn't obvious to readers right away is that Diego is gay. This isn't something he tries to hide but I think because of the collection of alpha dog personalities that he surrounds himself with, he is careful who he tells. I like that fact that he's a 'gay gangster' because we are so used to seeing these mobster type guys as womanizers who attempt to show off their idea of masculinity whereas Diego breaks that mold in a sense. He is as much a 'tough guy' as others but when he's spending time with Paige NoΓ«l-Hernandez, his close friend, we often remove this mask to express himself in a more sensitive, gentle manner.

It's also interesting that Diego would end up being close friends with Jorge Hernandez, an alpha male who is in many ways his polar opposite. However, he makes many references within the books as Diego being his hermano or brother and with the exception to occasionally teasing him about his sexuality, shows no judgment or prejudice.

There's something very special about Diego that draws people to him. Whether it be other characters or readers, I think he has a unique combination of characteristics that we both relate to and admire.