New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Nicole Edwards stopped by XOXO to share how the sizzling Walker brothers, the main characters in her wildly popular Alluring Indulgence series, got their start! Read the post and find out why fans everywhere are going gaga for these strapping men in wranglers—and pick up a copy of KALEB, ZANE, TRAVIS, and ETHAN today, on-sale exclusively from Pocket Star! And stay tuned for the November 24th release of BRAYDON, the newest book in this too-hot-to-handle series!
Sometimes I get so engrossed in the stories and the characters that have taken up residence in my head that I forget how they actually came about. One of the most frequently asked questions I receive is how did I come up with the Walker brothers. It’s a good question.
It’s funny, I can still remember exactly where I was and what I was doing when I came up with the Walker brothers. It was in November of 2012. It was dark outside, I remember that much. We’d already had dinner and I was sitting in my office, writing Seduction (Club Destiny, #3) when all of a sudden I stopped typing and I stared at the whiteboard on my office wall. It was right then and there that I knew I wanted to create a series with some hot alpha males unlike the ones that I was writing about. While my Club Destiny characters are the alpha, suit-wearing, wealthy businessmen, I wanted characters who were a little more laidback, with that sexy Texas twang, sporting cowboy hats and boots. And I wanted them to be just as alpha, just as sexy, but maybe a little more rambunctious.
Now many people ask me why there are seven brothers. Well, that’s simple. Seven is my lucky number. So, that same night, when the idea came to me, I pulled out a sheet of paper and wrote down the names of the seven brothers: Travis, Sawyer, Kaleb, Brendon, Braydon, Ethan and Zane. In that order. The name Walker just sounded right. I put it down on the paper after each one of the brothers’ names and it seemed to fit perfectly, so it stuck. Right then, with my sheet of paper in hand, I went into the living room where my husband was watching television and I told him of my idea. I told him that I needed a job for them to do. Something sexy and manly that would allow them a little freedom—you can’t very well have a good book when the characters are always at work— and we started talking about construction stuff. My husband mentioned demolition, and I ran with it. I also told him I needed a fictional town name—I gave him an overview of how I envisioned the town: small, close-knit, one stop light. It took him a few days, but we eventually settled on Coyote Ridge.
From that point on, the Walker brothers just took off. I started with Kaleb’s book and haven’t stopped yet. I never know where the brothers will take me, but I know one thing for sure: whatever they do, wherever they go, however they get there, they will still have each other’s backs and they will know exactly where they came from. When it comes to the Walker brothers, it’s all about family.