A popular question in blog interviews is to ask an author what character from their book they would like to be.
I can think of a number of reasons to be one character or another. Usually because the character is younger, slimmer, prettier, richer or more courageous than I am.
One reason I would NOT want to be any of my characters is because of the conflict they face. In fiction, more conflict keeps the reader turning pages. In real life, conflict is exhausting. I'd much rather be serene and peaceful. :)
I've finished writing my Halo Legacy Series books, and am re-reading these books to plan promotion and write copy for marketing of this series. I'm also seeing some deeper philosophical issues that weren't so obvious when writing the books.
The second book of the series, LEGACY OF ANGELS, is about forgiveness, but also about moving forward even though past issues aren't completely resolved. LIVING THE LEGACY brings together a jaded police sniper and a sheltered small town woman. The obvious conflict is what you don't know can be dangerous. However, this book also delves into communication in relationships and honesty. Collin cherishes his wife's innocence, but not being clear about the dangers of his job allows one of his enemies to get close enough to harm Beth and their unborn child.
And so it goes throughout the series. It's been interesting to discover deeper conflicts--and other reasons NOT to be my characters!
How about you? What character in one of your own books, or a book or movie would you like to be--or not--and why?
Wow, coming up with ideas for blog posts is mind boggling. This week I'm celebrating my new cover for the second book in the McKenna Clan series. Catching Meara, published in March was the first and featured Jace McKenna. Catching Meara is an introduction into the McKenna Clan--Clan Chatton. The real series begins with Sweet Sexy Sadie. Brody McKenna is a shapeshifter who falls in love with Anthropologist Sadie Monroe.
Sweet Sexy Sadie will be released August 20, 2010 by Rogue Phoenix Press.
The antagonist is an Amazonian Devil, a Chullachaqui. This demon takes on the shape of a family member or loved one and lures them into the jungle. In Sadies, case he tries to lure into the desert of the Sierra Madre Mountains.
The McKenna Clan sailed from Scotland to America in the early 18eo's, settling in Texas. From there they spread throughout the southwestern states.
Jace McKenna, a profiler for the FBI, is the hero of Catching Meara. Meara Thorton is a technical analyst for the FBI.
The third book, Sweet Misbehavin will feature Carr McKenna.
This has been so much fun. Not someone who has written contemporary, I've found that not having to worry about terms that weren't used in the a certain time period quite refreshing.
I've read a number of times that romance readers/writers make love with their partners a lot more than women who don't read romances. Coincidence or something more?
Do comedy writers have more fun? Tell more jokes? Laugh more often?
How about writers who explore the darker side of humanity or fantasy? Do they look under their beds at night or make sure closet doors are securely closed?
Or do I have it backward? Do writers who make love more often write sexy stories? Do funny writers carry their humor into their writing? Do those who wonder about demons gravitate toward darker writing?
I wonder about this because I have caught myself recently thinking about worst case scenarios in real life and commented this is because of my writer's mind and the dramatic stories I tend to write. I've heard the advice a number of times to think of what would be the worst thing possible to happen to our characters and then write that into our stories. Other advice is to ratchet up the tension or raise the stakes. But I certainly don't want any of these things happening in my real life.
How about you? Does the story you are writing influence your real life emotions?