I used actor Jesse Williams as the character model for Jesse, and I merged some of what I've read about his personal life as a community activist and some of the character he plays on Grey's Anatomy as Dr. Jackson Avery.
They have three small children and are living the life made possible by his professional success.
Jesse's book will be a bit different from the others, because it deals with a serious subject, the shooting of an unarmed thirteen-year-old boy in the neighborhood where his wife, Cydney grew up. Yes, this is a fictional account, but I've taken some of the details from real accounts in other parts of the nation.
Of all the brothers, Jesse is the most active in the community, only it's not the community in which he lives, but the one in which he works. He volunteers at a neighborhood free clinic and speaks to elementary school children on Career Day at every school in what used to be known as the Bankhead area of Atlanta. He knows the people and their problems first-hand, and after the shooting, he participates in the protests. An incident in the opening chapter puts Jesse in a situation that puts his and Cydney's comfortable lifestyle in jeopardy.
As always, when I start a new book, I create a collage of characters and ideas for the story.
Today the meter looks like this:
As time goes on, I'll be sharing excerpts from the book here on Sample Sundays and optimistically aiming for an October release.