In The Force Awakens Maz Kanata knows Finn is lying because she has a lot of experience. “When you’ve lived as long as I have, you see the same eyes in different people.” In the same way, books mimic life by having people go through the exact same events. In real life, or in fiction, people never change. Each kind of person appears again and attaches themselves to a someone in the book who they feel is at their same point in life.
As a character or situation weakens and loses value, it is appealing to the more fringe people of society, eventually vanishing and becoming dropped. When a character just honestly isn’t meaningful anymore, but there were once so many people invested, it becomes interesting to the immature until it’s just so silly we’ll let it go. Some of the most insidious, treacherous, selfish people always attach themselves to a quiet underdog character, because these people always look to conceal themselves in real life and they do so when reading as well. And so on and so on.
When I examined my characters in that level of detail, I found this complete little world emerging out of 9 books. A world I’d never thought to look for. That’s a number of books, actually, and the characters and situations are beginning to accumulate. I started to recognize them as similar to many other characters I’ve seen, which meant they were at the same stages of development. And that meant they had people attached to them and I could know who those people were. This suddenly made my job as an author a lot easier. I was going about it quite wrong and doing far too much work. I don’t have to find readers. I just have to go on creating characters that mimic a stage in their lives.
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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.