Meet Kayla Harrington: A Character Profile

For the first in my new series of character profiles, I chose the main protagonist from my upcoming novel, The Secret of the Codex: Kayla Harrington. I mean, come on. I pretty much want to be her. Adventure, romance, an archaeologist – dream life.

Here's kind of how I picture her:


Don't you love that second one? It really puts her in the rainforest. Which, in the book, she is. So it's perfect, right?

Kayla Harrington is a Professor of Archaeology at the University of Central Florida. Which is another one of my dream jobs. Okay, this is sounding more and more like I just wrote a book about things I want to do in my life, which is probably true...

But I digress.

Kayla's got this whole thing where she's been hurt by love before, but of course she meets Grady McGready (more on him later) and can't ignore her attraction to him. And believe me, that love story was AMAZING to write. Those two, I mean... (LOVE)

The book is about how they discover an underground cavern that leads them on a journey to uncovering a Secret, one kept hidden by a dangerous group of mercenaries known only as "the Clan." There's intrigue, romance, danger, suspense, and yes, even a traitor.

All the juicy stuff.

And along the way, she learns to open her heart to those around her, realizes how to give up trying to control the things she really can't, and discovers how to trust others – and herself.

Hopefully you've had a chance to read the first three chapters; if you haven't, you can sign up here and meet Kayla for yourself!

What do you think? Does the Kayla I've described sound like the one you met in the book? If not, what's different about her?

The best thing about fiction is that I only start a book, but you, the reader, finish it. YOUR imagination fills in all the details, so whoever you picture Kayla to be, that's who she is. And that's the best part!

Stay tuned! I'm thinking I'll talk about Grady next. Because DREAM GUY.

<3 Melissa

*The Secret of the Codex is my upcoming novel about four archaeologists who discover a hidden and well-guarded treasure, each other, and themselves, with some superpowers thrown in for good measure.