A simple, logical approach to my books is like this: they ARE the characters I write about. The books are actually characters in a story that is only just now beginning to take shape. Each of them draws from different times in my life and different situations I’ve seen. Almost none of them contain anything really autobiographical, but they do take the faces of people I became aware of at the time of writing the story.
When I’d published 3 books, essentially, I’d only written a short story. Each whole book was a character and a short story might have perhaps 3 characters. Now that I have 9 and I’ve devoted some attention to which “characters” they might be, I’m sure some of the best books are still to come. The rule of thumb I use for casting the people within the book is that the central MC holds the book’s essential personality. The MC determines what “character” the book becomes in the overall world of my stories. I also examine the story’s other characters in great detail to form a composite picture so I get an idea of what people are seeing.
Reading one of the books is like choosing to focus on that particular character within a movie. It is the book ABOUT that character—that character’s story. So if you pick it to read, you’re following that character more. Especially if a movie is a long saga, there are many plot threads any specific person won’t find interesting. They gravitate towards a couple of characters and mostly follow their stories. I think it is a better idea to gain a more developed idea of what story I’m telling instead of just forming conclusions about one book, as it is to watch a whole movie BEFORE you zone in on a person you like.
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7 books published and 3 more on the way. Farmer's daughter, Star Wars fan, loves to read rather than talk about reading. Always has time to finish her WIP.