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Guest Post: Tara Sue Me on Keeping Characters Fresh

The Exhibitionist Tara Sue Me

When readers asked for more Nathaniel and Abby after The Training was published, I was hesitant. After all, I’d ended the book with their happily ever after. I even gave a brief glimpse into their lives a few years down the road with the Epilogue. What else was there to tell?

But the more I thought about it, the more I saw that there was so much more to tell. If you think about it, two people coming together, whether that be through marriage or not, is really just the beginning.  Their story of overcoming obstacles to find love is such a tiny portion of who they are as a couple. Real life is what happens after the vows and while, let’s face it, no one wants to read about washing dishes, or doing laundry, there are a lot things that are worth reading about.

Just as the couple grew emotionally from when they first met to the beginning of their happily ever after, they will continue to grow after the happily ever after. And, in my opinion, there’s more at sake at this point. This is person they will spend till death do us part with. This is person who knows them more deeply and more fully than anyone else. There’s an intimacy there that isn’t present in the throes of new love. It’s raw and real and intense, because they’re in the relationship for life.

The risk, of course, is throwing drama into the story for the sake of drama and I’ve never been a fan of that. There needs to be drama, but it has to develop naturally from the character’s growth and (big one here) it has to make sense.  Any reader who has been with me since The Submissive will know immediately if I have Nathaniel or Abby act out of character and the story won’t be believable to them.

Just like everything else in life, writing a set of characters through several books is a balancing act. Treat it delicately and the story will flow. Throw everything but the kitchen sink at it and you’ll only have a hot mess.


How far can a true submissive romance go? Abby and Nathaniel push their limits as the New York Times bestselling Submissive Series continues.…

She’s ready for even more.…

When Abby West discovered her submissive desires, she felt like she was born anew. But lately, her Dominant husband hasn’t been the demanding Master who once fulfilled her every passion. Abby begins to crave something else—and to wonder if Nathaniel can still push her past her boundaries to the places she craves.

Nathaniel knows that Abby belongs to him completely, but even he can’t ignore the pleasure on her face as they get to know their new BDSM group. They’ve invited Nathaniel to guide their group to a new level, and he’s promised to show them the way, even as he recommits to fulfilling his beautiful submissive wife’s every desire. Only this time, uncovering her sexual limits may also expose their relationship to more conflict than it can withstand.…


Tara Sue MeTara Sue Me wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. It would be twenty years before she picked up her pen to write the second.

After completing several clean romances, she decided to try her hand at something spicier and started The Submissive. What began as a writing exercise quickly took on a life of its own. An avid reader of all types of fiction, she soon discovered she enjoyed writing a variety as well.

Tara lives in the Southeastern United States with her family, two dogs, and a cat. She can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, Pinterest, and TaraSueMe.com.

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