Now many of you may disagree but I think Blaise Baptiste is just about the coolest character name I came up with for NSSS. He’s the second son of the Baptiste crime family patriarch Denis Baptiste, Jr. (Sidenote: Baptiste’s eldest son Brice is estranged from the family and works for the D.A.’s office.)
Blaise, like any second son from lit/film/etc., is preoccupied with proving himself to his father. He wants more responsibility within the family business–and he wants more power.
When the novel opens, Blaise is thrust into the spotlight of the family because his father has been arrested and Blaise has to keep it all together. Of course he has Kylie, Denis’ niece, to help him but their relationship is tense at best. Blaise is quick-tempered and not equally quick-minded. His mouth gets him into trouble and his fists get him out of it.
When I was writing the book, I imagined a 20-something Julian McMahon as Blaise Baptiste. And let me tell you, it’s not terribly hard to imagine Julian McMahon.