Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Character Spotlight ~ Liz Johnson's Myles Parsons & Kenzie Thorn

Today the spotlight shines on Myles Parsons & Kenzie Thorn

Liz Johnson is a delightful person! I have had the pleasure of working with her as a result of her day job and was excited to learn she was not only an aspiring writer but now a published one :) Liz's debut novel is a great read and I recommend it to you.

Check out her lead characters:~

Brief physical description

Myles is tall with dark hair that’s often mussed and out of place. He has piercing blue eyes and broad shoulders, and he walks
with a bit of a lip from an old knee injury.

Kenzie is a petite redhead with fair skin and a turned up little nose. Her wild curls drive her a little crazy, so she’s always flipping her hair over her shoulders. She’s kind of the opposite of Myles in stature, but her personality makes up for it. In my mind Kenzie always looked a lot like a young Debra Messing with her wild red curls and thin frame.

Myles was a lot harder to cast in my mind. But when my writing buddy suggested that Ad
am Baldwin from Chuck and Firefly might be a good fit, I knew he was perfect! Adam is strong and macho enough to play an FBI agent, yet he just seems like the type to really care about people.

Strengths and weaknesses

Myles works
hard and believes in doing his job well. He’s smart and analytical. His strength of character gives him compassion for Kenzie. But he also struggles with being too focused on work. He’s been a bit of a workaholic to the point of not seeing an opportunity that’s right in front of him.

Kenzie also loves her job and really cares for the inmates that she teaches. She believes in the good in people and genuinely gives
of herself to help them. But she has a bad habit of putting people on a pedestal and being crushed when they let her down.

Quirk (if any)

In The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn Myles is injured for most of the story. He’s always struggling with a mountain lion wound that keeps acting up. He’s perpetually injured, but fights through the pain to keep Kenzie safe.

Your inspiration for the character

There wasn’t one person or other specific inspiration for either character. Really they both came to life as I wrote the book.

Background to the story

Myles Parsons is just another inmate in Kenzie Thorn's GED course…until his abduction plan succeeds. Terrified, Kenzie doesn't want to believe his explanation. That he's Myles Borden, FBI agent— placed under cover because someone wants her dead.

Now that Myles has got her out of harm's way, his plans start to fall apart. He attempts to take Kenzie to a safe house—but the stubborn woman won't go! He struggles to protect her even as she takes care of him. He tries to keep his distance…and finds himself falling in love.

Woo hoo, Liz ~ I'm so excited to have you at Relz Reviewz! Thanks for joining in the fun.

As promised, I have another Steeple Hill romantic suspense leading lady to spotlight on Thursday ~ Naomi Grant from Camy Tang's debut suspense novel, Deadly Intent.

Relz Reviewz Extras

Review of The Kidnapping of Kenzie Thorn
Visit Liz's website and blog
Buy Liz's book at Amazon or Koorong


Jenny said...

I haven't gotten a chance to read this one yet, but I do like the choices for your characters. I've always thought Debra Messing was a beauty.

Tracy said...

So now I want to know, is Myles an inmate with a wild plan or a real FBI agent?! LOL

Camy Tang has dipped into suspense? Now that would be a good read!

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