Have you ever thought about the kind of people who fill your stories and why you write the characters you do? Do you favour:-
v The wimpy kid who is bullied and beaten by circumstances and finds a saviour to defend him and change his circumstances?
v The spunky and snarky kid who fights back and beats his challenges?
v The helpless female who waits for a dashing knight to ride in and save the day?
v The feisty heroine who takes charge of her situation and solves her problems, with a little help from our trusty hero, of course?
My characters come in a variety of ways:
v Life experiences that make interesting tales
v Putting down on paper what I like to read
v Empathy for the underdog which brings a story to mind
v Creating themes that will resonate with others
My themes centre on choices (right vs wrong), relationships, and family. The usual suspects in my tales of romantic suspense are females who, whether quietly or with a fuss, sort out their circumstances and give the bad guys hell.
In my young adult novels, the MC is someone who uses adult relatives and friends to chart a different path from the status quo.
Problem solvers are good people to write, so I champion them regularly. Who are your favourite characters and why d’you think you write them?
Now on to the advance notice...
Come March 1, 2011, I will be having a Take Five With… page where I speak to different authors about their books and their views on writing. Each writer will be giving away a book or other token to one follower who comments on their interview. Stay tuned and be sure to check out Sybil Nelson, one of the hardest working writers I know.