Recurring characters

Meet Karissa!

She was one of my high school girls in youth group at my church where me and my husband have been working for the past several years. So while I was writing my last several books, I saw her pretty much every Saturday. Even though she’s now in college, I see her in the summertime when she comes home, because she helps out at youth group.

So when I was writing Single Sashimi, book 3 in my Sushi series, and I had to come up with names of kids in the youth group, I chose Karissa’s name.

Then when I was writing Weddings and Wasabi, book 4 in my Sushi series, she showed up again.

THEN when I was writing Protection for Hire, lo and behold, she showed up again. What’s more, she had a significant role as a minor character.

So of course when writing A Dangerous Stage, the second book in my Protection for Hire series, I had to have her appear again, although not in as big a role as the first book. But I think I will bring her back again for the third book. :)

I’m not sure why she kept coming back as a recurring character, but I found that I really liked seeing her. And then I realized how much I liked seeing recurring minor characters in other series that I’ve read. It makes me feel like I’m stopping in to visit for tea and cookies!

What are some series and recurring characters you’ve enjoyed reading about? Or do you not enjoy recurring characters at all? Weigh in!

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About camytang
Camy Tang writes romance with a kick of wasabi. Out now is the first book in her new series, Protection for Hire, which is a cross between Stephanie Plum and The Joy Luck Club. She is a staff worker for her church youth group, and leads one of the worship teams for Sunday service. On her blog, she ponders frivolous things like knitting, running, dogs, and Asiana. Visit her website to sign up for her quarterly newsletter.

5 Responses to Recurring characters

  1. sarahssundry says:

    I love recurring characters. Makes me feel like an old friend is visiting in a new book! I can connect well with a book that has a character I already know it it!

  2. I love recurring characters. One of my WIP’s that I have has a couple of characters that return through the series. I think it feels more like real life when they keep coming back. Some characters in life you can’t get rid of nor would you want to.

  3. Susan F. says:

    I love recurring characters also. They can make a story more realistic, especially when you have them in the same location, book by book.

  4. Kara says:

    I like recurring characters. Sometimes it takes me a little time to figure out that I know them from another book, especially if they jump series or something. But they are fun to spot once I do find them! :)

  5. camytang says:

    I sometimes also have a hard time remembering a recurring character if I haven’t read the previous book recently, but some characters are so memorable that you don’t really need a reminder! Like Lady Danbury in Julia Quinn’s Bridgerton series!

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