Showing posts with label Paige Noël-Hernandez. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Paige Noël-Hernandez. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Why people love the twisted relationship between Jorge & Paige Hernandez ❤️

A reader once referred to Jorge Hernandez and Paige Noël as 'the twisted couple of the literary world' but is this why fans love such an unconventional couple?

I think that once upon a time, we saw mostly too good to be true couples in television and books but somewhere along the way, perhaps we moved to the other extreme, where couples appeared to have a lot of issues. With Jorge and Paige, I've attempted to create a couple that has problems but still manage to contain some of the 'magic' that we love to see in fictional relationships. There's a strong, almost instant connection between the two that is fascinating and yet, they strive to deal with daily issues most couples have such as dealing with children, jealousy and worrying about your partner's safety. (granted, the latter probably is compounded by the fact that they don't exactly have the most traditional lifestyles)

The couple met in a very unconventional manner in my book, The Devil is Smooth Like Honey. Despite the dangerous circumstances, Jorge was immediately attracted to Paige and boldly made her aware of his feelings. Although she was hesitant, the two ended up sharing a glass of wine and had a very unexpected, whirlwind romance that quickly led to marriage. Although this isn't the kind of thing that I usually write about, there was just something so uncharacteristic about Jorge Hernandez being in this kind of situation that made me want to explore it. This storyline developed a part of his personality that countered his usual, violent and heartless reputation, allowing readers to see another side of him.

As for Paige, it was interesting to see how someone who was calm, balanced and yet very dangerous, would react to the bold, abrupt Mexican because their personalities could've easily clashed. However, both find comfort and are fascinated by the others' personality. Perhaps part of the intrigue is the fact that they demonstrate how two, vastly different people can bond over their similarities and mutual respect, despite their many differences.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Love, Romance and Fictional Couples ❤️

A romance writer, I am not, however you will find some love connections in a few of my books, specifically my most recent series involving a group of gangster-type personalities. This may not seem like the most natural place to find such characters but then again, isn't that what makes things a little bit more interesting?

Someone once commented on how Jorge Hernandez and Paige Noël-Hernandez were the 'twisted couple' of the literary world and I certainly can't argue with that point. The couple showed up in The Devil is Smooth Like Honey and have continued to be together in A Devil Named Hernandez and And the Devil Will Laugh. The pair didn't exactly meet in the most conventional manner (I don't want to spoil the surprise 😉) but because of their shared attraction to depravity, their connection was a natural one.

What I love about this couple is that they are equals. Both are strong, vicious and slightly sadistic in their ways but there is also a soft side; Paige meditates and does yoga while Jorge has been known to have a very soft spot with his daughter, Maria. The couple is vastly different in personality. Jorge is loud, obnoxious and blunt whereas Paige is soft, quiet and calmer, however, this is what makes them work. They balance each other out yet neither feels the need to change the other. Perhaps this is why people find them so endearing.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Who are your favorite characters? 🤩

A few months ago, I took a survey with my readers. I asked them to pick their favorite character from my books. As it turns out, there are a few fan favorites. And now, the countdown.....

5. Paige Noël-Hernandez - The only female to make the top five, Paige has been a regular character in my last three books as the wife of Jorge Hernandez. People like Paige because she is very strong and assertive yet has a gentle, almost zen-like side. She likes to meditate, practice yoga and is an online self-help guru....did I mention that she's also an assassin? 🔪
    4. Jimmy Groome - A blast from the past! Jimmy Groome was a self-destructive, rebellious rock star character from my second book. Readers often comment how they related to him since he was somewhat of a misfit, whether it be within his own family or society in general. He was the love interest of the main character, Tarah Kiersey.

    3. Chase Jacobs - Not surprisingly, the top three characters (and 4/5 on this list) are from my last few books. Unlike the rest, Chase has been a part of this series from day one. In fact, he was the original protagonists for both We're All Animals and Always be a Wolf. People love his boy-next-door image, his need to do the right thing but most of all, his honest and genuine personality. 

    2. Diego Silva - This feisty character came along at the end of We're All Animals and has been along for the ride ever since. Diego is abrupt, fidgety and carries a baseball bat in the trunk of his don't want to know why. 😏This Colombian is the loyal sidekick of Jorge Hernandez and helps him with all his dirty work. 

    1. Jorge Hernandez - Possibly the most notorious character I've ever written about, Jorge Hernandez came along at the end of Always be a Wolf and has been the protagonist for every book that has followed. Arrogant, abrupt, obnoxious and calculating at times, others would describe him as a leader that doesn't let anyone or anything stand in his way. A former king in the Mexican drug world, he now strives to take over the (legal) pot industry in Canada. 

    Sunday, September 2, 2018

    Why we need more strong female characters 💪🏼

    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 Noël-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. 😒