One of the big parts of crafting a book is characterization. Let’s face it, without compelling characters, we don’t have much to work with. Readers want to fall in love with and root for our hero and heroine. So we have to make sure the characters touch our readers hearts.
Every writer has a different way of going about creating characters. For me, it can start as simply as a name. Or a story idea. I love series books, so I take secondary characters and plan entire books around them.
While writing Orange Blossom Brides, I had Max reconnect with secondary character, Dane, the hero of my July release, Magnolia Bride. In that scene, Max makes mention of a special girl Dane knew one crazy summer. The girl who got away. Immediately, I knew I had to delve into Dane's story more deeply and soon I had his perfect heroine, Nealy.
As I plotted Magnolia Bride, new secondary characters came to mind and I discovered the hero and heroine for my current work in progress.
That’s how my mind works. Other authors write stand-alone books, each book individual of the others, very rich in characterization while introducing a brand new world to the reader.
As I form my heroines, I always consider, how much of me goes into these women? Do I want any of me in her? LOL Should I make her as different from me as possible? Let’s face it, each character has a little piece of their author in them.
I have an archetype book I review each time I start a new project which helps me zero in on what type personality my characters will possess. I have so much fun in the beginning stages, I almost have a hard time starting to write the story!
As a reader, I enjoy a heroine who is vastly different than me. The time I spend in a book takes me away from my real world. I want to read about situations I would never allow myself to get into and see how the characters work their way around danger, emotionally tangled up events and, most importantly, find their way to love.
So, authors and readers, what type of heroines do you enjoy creating or reading about?