Guest Post: Jackson Kane: Almost Villain to Nuanced Hero

Guest Post: Jackson Kane: Almost Villain to Nuanced Hero

From almost villain to beautiful, nuanced hero.

Bigger and Badder was a story I didn’t know I wanted to tell. It was almost accidental. When I started writing Billionaire Takes All, I wanted to give Richard’s love interest, Gloria, a foil. Judy was going to start off as a comedic side character, get overwhelmed then bitter and ultimately become something of a villain to Gloria. I was originally going to have her try to seduce Richard in order to steal full ownership of the coffee shop from Gloria, but something changed as I was writing that heel turn for Judy and I was left with a bad taste in my mouth. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I’d developed a bond with Judy.  I saw through her flustered, mile-a-minute King worship to see the goofy, smart and beautiful woman beneath. I thought about what drove her to the partnership with Gloria in the first place, what expectations were placed on her and what no one else around her saw within her. Although she couldn’t articulate them in Billionaire Takes All, Judy had her own dreams and fears. She was flawed, yes, but had enormous potential to grow. She was no villain. 

In fact, halfway through writing Billionaire Takes All I knew that the follow up book would revolve around Judy, the traumas that she lived through, the responsibilities that she didn’t want but was thrust upon her, and finding her own place in her own story. I also loved the idea of flipping the roles and making Gloria and the King brothers supporting characters. It was a fun way to give them all a soft epilogue within a second story that involved them but wasn’t focussed on them. In the end Judy became so much more than a goofy side character.

And Garrett? Well he was always going to be the bastard that he was. 

-Jackson

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