Monday, January 10, 2011

Author Discovery Post 1

Chapter: One

Subject: Jolie Wilkins

I thought it would be fitting to make my first author discovery blog post about Ms. Wilkins. So, without further ado, this is how I came up with the character of Jolie…

In reading multiple paranormal romances and urban fantasy series, what occurred to me was the fact that all the heroines were these superwomen types—they were strong, beautiful, independent, tough—all fantastic character traits but I wanted to write a heroine who was a bit more…real. Someone more like you and me.

I thought Jolie should be attractive but understated and natural—one of those women who everyone recognizes as lovely but she doesn’t see it herself—she thinks of herself as the girl next door. I actually had the actress James King in mind when I wrote Jolie’s physical features. James King can look drop dead gorgeous but she can also appear very naturally beautiful and most importantly, she has a sweetness that I wanted to recreate in Jolie.

While I wanted Jolie to be strong and independent, I was really interested in witnessing the metamorphosis of her strength—to watch her learn what it means to love herself. I think this is the biggest lesson Jolie learns in Fire Burn—her own worth. And I wanted to paint her this way because I believe this is the plight of many women. We grow up not necessarily knowing how special we are, we downplay our accomplishments and achievements when we should be proud of them. Well, Jolie is no different and her story is one of self awareness and empowerment.

I also wanted Jolie to be extremely feminine but turn the notion of the helpless maiden needing to be saved by her knight in shining armor on its head. Jolie is one of the most powerful characters in the books, she just doesn’t know it and by realizing her own self worth, her powers are realized.

People have asked me if Jolie is based on me and I suppose in many ways she is—I think as an author, you can’t help but have a bit of yourself in all your characters. But, the similarities between HP and Jolie really are the same similarities between Jolie and any woman.

Here is a pic of James King that I think is Jolie 100%



  1. Right on!! This is exactly why we love Jolie and would read many books about her. She's loveable and real, but also someone you'd respect and admire as she grows and changes. It makes you think about your own character and "who you want to be when you grow up". :)

  2. Thanks, Erin! I'm glad you liked my first author post! Woo Hoo!

  3. I love Jolie for all the reasons you mentioned . Guess that mean you achieved your goal.

  4. Oh, thank you Sharon!!!! I can always count on you to make my day!

  5. You did a great job. I love Jolie's character. One of my fav things about the way you write is the lil puns or comments that Jolie says thru out the book, like Son of a... and just different comments that she has. It's usually what I am thinking. lol It makes her character more like you and I. You are truly talented!!

  6. Thank you, Melissa! That is so sweet of you to say!!!

  7. LOVE THIS!!! Thank you H.P. for sharing Jolie with us!!

  8. Hi HP, followed you over here from Joe Konrath's blog. Just wanna say congrats on the success of your series. You're a great inspiration ;)

  9. Thanks for sharing this. I just flew threw the Jolie books and love them! I'm reading Warlock now. Jolie really pulled me into the books. At times, for me, her insecurity was frustrating BUT it was because she wasn't that typical "tough-girl" that I got so pulled into the books. I realize that sounds like a contradiction but I more mean that my frustration came from routing for her, wanting her to realize her power.
    I'm glad you are delving into this series in the blogs. Can't wait to find out more. :)

  10. My first thought when I read about Jolie was that given a little hair coloring, she could be me...of course I am not a witch, do not have the power to raise the dead, and unfortunately, do not have the sexy friends that she does (i.e. Rand & ESPECIALLY Sinjin), however, I also don't have anyone starting wars over me so I guess it evens out...LOL! I love the books in this series and the characters. So, when do we get to find out what happens in book #3? I'm very interested to know. I hope it won't be too long.

  11. Now, see--I didn't read this before I read the books. you know I love Jolie.

    When I did a review (okay, when I made snarky comments to other reviewers) my point was just this.

    We have a multitude of "perfect" protagonists--both female and male.

    While the fantasy perfect, beautiful, well-adjusted woman is great, I love the idea of a woman that grows! It's so obvious to anyone that her growth is a large part of the book and series.

    I've recommended this series to the book club I agreed to moderate. I think it's an awesome series. is the link to the book club for anyone interested in voting for this great series to be our next read!