I'll start with Gramps,
Nicholai Savonski. I based Gramps off of my gramps, and here is a picture of him. He was a handsome and enterprising man. Nothing much got him down, and if he couldn't fix a problem he would jerry-rig the hell out of it. I've never met, and probably never will meet, a man who could compete with him. He's biggest quality is how much he loved my grandmother, and believed in marriage. I tried to convey this in Nicholai's character as he's playing matchmaker, wanting to get Sonya married. His motivation is that he wants Sonya to be happy, and he is never happier than when he is spending time with Grams. I get choked up when I read sections of HOOKED because it's like my grandpa is saying those exact lines. He probably did, and I just cataloged them away.
Peter Savonski: My heroine's baby brother. He's 17 and just graduated from high school and looking at college in the fall. Actually, he seems more concerned with the young woman next door than school. He cares more about the moment than planning for the future, and wishes Sonya would just chill. He's tired of her treating him like a kid.
Aidan Harte: Sonya's ex and fish camp neighbor. He did something stupid and lost her the previous summer. This summer he's determined to get her back.
Earl and Roland Harte aka Cranky and Crafty: Aidan's father and uncle. Old timers with a healthy share of redneck in them. Pranksters, and always looking for a way to make some mischief.
Wes Finley: Crewman for the Savonski's and an adopted member of the family since he tried to steel Gramps car one winter. Instead of calling the police, Gramps dragged Wes into the house and feed him dinner then put him to work shoveling the driveway. Getting his degree in psychology, he's a calming influence, in a crazy place.
Skip Ozhuwan and Judd Iverson: Garrett's fellow Alaska State Troopers. Readers of IMPACT will have met Skip before.
Chuck Kendrick: Captain of the Albatross, he's a beast of a man with no qualms about breaking the law. He's after the most fish, the most money, and to hell with anyone who gets in his way.
I have a few other fun drifters that color the page, but for now here are the men of HOOKED. The following scene has Garrett warning Sonya, and Sonya's crew reaction. Garret is on the Calypso, and Sonya aboard the Double Dippin' hollering across the water at each other.
"I feel sparks in the air," Gramps commented, his voice easily reaching Sonya. Gramps turned to Wes and Peter. "You feel sparks?"
"Yep," Wes responded with an easy going grin.
Peter glanced around the deck. "Something on fire?"
"Your sister’s about to go up in flames," Wes said, tongue in cheek.
"You ladies through gossiping?" Sonya knew her face was flushed. She just hoped Garrett couldn’t hear the men’s scuttlebutt.
"I’m not trying to tell you how to fish," Garrett said. "But if I have to intervene in another one of your squabbles, I’m going to write you up for harassment."
"Harassment! Squabbles! Listen, fish cop, I haven’t been the one starting things out there."
"You started that last one."
She opened her mouth to argue, and then shut it. He was right. She had started it by laying her net out in front of Kendrick’s, but he’d escalated it. Besides there wasn’t anything illegal about what she’d done. Hell, she’d just been returning the favor as Kendrick had corked her off earlier. "There’s nothing in your rule book that says I can’t cork someone off."
"Don’t make me find a reason to beach you."
"You threatening me?"
"You bet your sweet ass I am."
Sonya’s mouth dropped wide open in shock. How dare he? Who did he think he was? Sweet ass? "I don’t know where you’ve policed before, but it’s cutthroat fishing out here. I’m only trying to fit in."
"Quit trying so hard. You’re going to get yourself killed." With that, Garrett motioned for the captain of the Calypso to move about. She watched him until he was out of range.
"Damn stinking fish cop," she muttered, and then looked to her crew to see how they’d taken the trooper’s warning. They regarded her with a mix of emotions— amusement from Peter, concern from Wes, and then the clincher, Gramps’s solemn look.
"You’re going to have to make nice, Sonya," Gramps said.
"I know it." She wanted to stamp her foot in aggravation, and would have done it, too, if it wouldn’t have undermined her as captain in front of her crew.