Firstly, I am so sorry I haven’t posted anything for a while. My fingers have been busy trying to make sense of my stories. I want to send out a huge thank you to those of you who took the chance to read One Wrong Step, which is my latest new release under my pen name, Lee Oliver.
But what I wanted to talk to you about today is Dirk, from Dragon’s Heat. I am thrilled so many of you read it, but a few of my lovely readers have got in touch with me and let me know they really didn’t like the way I portrayed Dirk’s character, especially in relation to the way he treated lovely Jon. Of course, the two men did end up with their HEA. All of my books are written that way, but some of you felt that Dirk didn’t do enough to redeem himself and he was so hateful in the beginning, they failed to see how someone like Jon could fall for him.
That had a lot to do with how I saw those two characters in my head. Dirk is a dragon and to me, I often attribute the characteristics of dragons similar to Killer Whales, or Orcas as they are also known. They are proud, strong and yet they have strong family bonds. Dirk was raised his whole life (and it was a very long life) to do his duty to his family and clan. It took him years to get to a point where his father would trust him to head the American branch of their business. But, as often happens in a family situation, that responsibility came with an expectation – marriage and heirs.
Now Dirk knew about this and he didn’t shy away from any of it. He accepted he would have a perfectly functional and respectable mating with the lovely Celine, but he did always see that intended marriage a family duty – not something he ever wanted to do for himself. It was part of his job and while that’s not a very nice thing to say, I am sure many of us can relate to family expectations.
When Dirk first scents Jon, he’s terrified. Here he is, with his life mapped out in front of him and this male dog shifter threatens to derail the process completely. Remember, Dirk doesn’t know of any dragons who have broken away from family traditions. He truly believes he has no choice but to follow his path and stay away from Jon. Of course, that doesn’t happen and things progress from there.
As for Jon, he wasn’t a pushover as a few people have suggested. He’s an incredibly strong man with a very firm bond with his animal spirit. Jon’s dog side came from my own memories of my beloved German Shepherd, Freya. I was blessed to have her in my life for seven years and although it was a long time ago, I still miss her today. I found her at our local SPCA. She was seven years old, had been badly mistreated and was nothing but skin and bone when I found her. No one wanted her because of her age and condition, but I saw something in her eyes – love, trust and loyalty. Her smile, despite the terrible condition of the rest of her, is something I still remember to this day.
Freya barely ever left my side. She would rather sit in the car and wait for me while I was working, than sit at home by herself. She slept on my bed every night, was by my side on the couch when I ate my meals and she guarded me and my home with the steadfast devotion that comes from being such a loyal and loving soul. I really hope I did her justice, infusing those qualities in Jon.
I do hope I’ve been able to explain these two characters more clearly for you. If you haven’t read either of the books mentioned here today, and think you might like to, click on the titles in the post and that will take you to the Amazon sales page. I am busy writing the next Cloverleah book – Marius’s story and I have made a solid note in my diary to post an excerpt here next week.
Have a wonderful day and thank you all for your continued and loving support.