Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Choosing Your Character’s Career

With: Jannine Gallant

Congratulations to "Tammy Y." the winner in Jannine's giveaway. Thank you to all who participated!

“What do you want to be when you grow up?” We all went through that decision making process, imagining exciting careers, jobs that would support our dreams and aspirations. As an author, I get to make that choice over and over again—for my characters. A lot of the same angst I experienced in my own life goes into the process—but from a different perspective. I want my characters to have jobs that are fun, exciting, demanding…jobs that won’t bore my readers into a coma. Maybe my heroine needs a career with flexibility to accommodate other aspects of the plot. Where my hero lives might influence the type of work he does. A lot of thought goes into this decision…

In Every Step She Takes, my heroine, Grace, is a reporter. She’s on the hunt for the story of her life. Too bad for Grace—but good for my readers—her quest leads her into nothing but trouble, which creates excitement and danger and the opportunity to find love… My hero, Travis, was a Navy Seal before he retired from active service. He did a lot of soul searching to decide how he could best use his unique skills in the real world. As a result, Travis opened his own security agency. An exciting career that brings him into direct conflict with Grace and her hunt for a story.

A question for you… Do you gravitate toward stories that feature specific careers? Maybe police officers, firemen, or doctors? What about glamorous professions like movie stars or athletes? Let’s hear your favorites, and tell me, how does my reporter and security specialist stack up?


You can run from the past, but you can’t hide...

Tough as nails, no nonsense San Francisco reporter Grace Hanover will do anything to cover the story of the decade—and her career. Having survived a painful past, she’s learned never to let anything stand in her way. Even if it means following a key witness into the Alaskan wilderness, and partnering with Travis Barnett, a former Navy SEAL turned PI who’s working for the Feds, and who would love to bring in Grace’s witness before she can get her story. But together in the wilderness, they’ll each have to put aside their differences and trust one another if they want to survive.

Because someone from Grace’s past is watching, waiting for just the right moment. Every step Grace takes draws her deeper into the line of fire, and into the hands of a killer…

Every Step She Takes is currently available for pre-order at all online retailers. The official release day is July 7th!

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PDF copy of a contemporary novella from my backlist. Winner chooses from: We’ll Never TellShe’ll Never Rest or He’ll Never Know. See my website for blurbs.

About the Author: 
Write what you know. Jannine Gallant has taken this advice to heart, creating characters from small towns and plots that unfold in the great outdoors. She grew up in a tiny Northern California town and currently lives in beautiful Lake Tahoe with her husband and two daughters. When she isn’t busy writing or being a full time mom, Jannine hikes or snowshoes in the woods around her home. Whether she’s writing contemporary, historical or romantic suspense, Jannine brings the beauty of nature to her stories. To find out more about this author and her books, visit her website at

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  1. Oh I enjoy meeting characters with all types of careers within books... so many to learn about too. Some favs are Military, cops, firefighters and cowboys...

    1. Oh, Colleen, I like cowboys, too! I've written a couple of those.

  2. no, but ignore books with certain jobs

    bn100candg at hotmail dot com

    1. I'm with you. If the hero's job turns me off, I won't be inclined to read the book.

  3. I like reading about all types of careers in books.

    yenastone at aol dot com

  4. I read about heroes and heroines with all kinds of jobs

    alysap AT yahoo DOT com


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