Author Confessions Round 10

What do I like best about my writing?  Hmmm. I never really thought about this before. I think the thing I like best is that I use a unique voice.  I don’t try to imitate anyone else’s writing and don’t strive to be like other authors. I use my own style, writing my story my way.

I also like the characters I create. As I’ve said before, I’m all about character, so I take the time to develop each one in depth to the point where they become real to me. All of my characters are unique and have very distinct personalities. Character development is something I feel pretty confident about, and I would consider it a strength as far a writing  is concerned.

Creating Your Own Frankenstein

“It’s alive! Alive!” These are the famous words from a classic science fiction movie and an 80’s movie theme song. Though it meant the creation of both a terrifying monster and a geek’s wet dream, the word we’re looking for here is “creation”. Creating characters within a story is a detailed process for writers. You […]

via Building characters in a story is like creating your own Frankenstein — Mark Piggott | Author of the “Forever Avalon” Series

Meet the Characters – Part 12

The next character is Nathan’s other sister, and Lauren’s twin, Lacy.

Full name:  Lacy Nicole Hanson

Age: 15

Physical Description: chestnut brown hair, deep green eyes

Hometown:  Kirkland, WA

Family:  Has a twin sister named Lauren. Father’s name is Dr. Randal Hanson. Mother is Jane Hanson. Older brother, Nathan.

Education:  Currently attends Lake Washington High School.  Has had extensive dance training, including ballet, jazz, and contemporary. Performs with her high school dance team and at local dance festivals.

Career Goals: Wants to study choreography at the Barnard Dance School at Columbia University and be a choreographer

Hobbies:  water skiing, snow skiing

Favorite things:  dancing, shopping, sunbathing, snorkeling, listening to music, watching Dancing With the Stars, dance festivals, hanging out with her twin

Favorite Places: dance halls, the beach

Music Preference: dance/ club music

Relationship Status:  Single

Character traits:  Rebellious, strong-willed, and opinionated. Challenges authority and questions rules. Openly speaks her mind and tends to be argumentative. Often dresses in tight-fitting clothes. Flirtatious. Protective and has a “sixth sense” as far as her twin is concerned.

For other character bios, see links below.

Jane     Randy     Jim     Bruce    Mandy    Greg    Gabby   Mike    Nathan    Lauren    Roger    Max

Meet the Characters – Part 11

With the  release of book 3 in my series, Beyond the Hardwood, I would like to introduce you to two more characters you will meet in this book. The first is one of Nathan’s younger sisters, Lauren.

Full name:  Lauren Marie Hanson

Age: 15

Physical Description: brown hair, emerald green eyes

Hometown:  Kirkland, WA

Family:  Has a twin sister named Lacy. Father’s name is Dr. Randal Hanson. Mother is Jane Hanson. Older brother, Nathan.

Education:  Currently attending Lake Washington High School. Extensive vocal training, dance classes, and acting workshops. Performs in school plays, musicals, and local theatre productions.

Career Goals: Study acting at the Juilliard School in New York City and perform on Broadway.

Hobbies:  water skiing, snow skiing, swimming

Favorite things:  performing on stage, show tunes, musicals, poetry, classic literature, film noir movies, shopping, smoothies, sleepovers, singing in the shower, Shakespeare Festivals

Favorite Places: the theatre, the beach, art museums, shopping malls

Music Preference: show tunes

Relationship Status:  Single

Weaknesses: Panics and develops severe anxiety if feeling rushed or pressured

Character traits:  Modest, independent young woman with expensive taste. Confident on stage, but shy around unfamiliar people. Kindhearted and helpful toward others. Goal-oriented, determined, supportive of friends and family. Has a “sixth sense” as far as her twin is concerned.

For other character bios, see links below.

Jane     Randy     Jim     Bruce    Mandy    Greg    Gabby   Mike    Nathan    Lacy   Roger    Max

Meet the Characters – Part 10

Today you will meet Nathan’s best friend, Mike Lynott.

Full name:  Michael (Mike) Lynott

Age: 18

Physical Description: 6’8″, 215 pounds. Lean, athletic build.

Hometown:  Kirkland, WA

Family:  Only child, but doesn’t get along with his parents. Spends more time with his friends than his family.

Education:  Currently a senior at Lake Washington High School. On the varsity basketball team. Struggles to maintain minimum grade point average required by athletes.

Career Goals:  Uncertain. Wants to attend college and pursue a Health degree.

Hobbies:  basketball, video games, water skiing, hiking through the woods

Favorite things:  basketball, camping, cheeseburgers, getting out of the house as often as possible, hanging out with friends

Favorite Places: the woods, the lake, arcades, and the basketball court

Music Preference: Rock, Heavy Metal

Relationship Status:  Depends on the month

Weaknesses:  Opinionated. Tends to jump into romantic relationships too quickly and has difficulty maintaining meaningful relationships with the opposite sex. Takes rejection hard.

Pet Peeves:  Nosiness. Doesn’t like being told what to do.

Character traits:  Develops strong connections with select few. Dedicated and loyal to those he trusts and only reveals personal information to his closest friends. Has a competitive spirit and works well with others, but can’t handle negative confrontation.

For other character bios, see links below.

Jane     Randy     Jim     Bruce    Mandy    Greg    Nathan    Gabby    Lauren    Lacy

Meet the Characters – Part 9

We continue to meet the characters of Beyond the Hardwood.  Today I introduce you to Nathan’s girlfriend, Gabby.

Full name:  Gabriella (Gabby) Renee Pervis

Age: 17

Physical Description: 5’1″, 108 pounds. Petite, athletic figure. Sapphire blue eyes and golden blonde hair.

Hometown:  Kirkland, WA

Family:  Only child of a single mother.

Education:  Currently a senior at Lake Washington High School. On the varsity cheerleading squad. Wants to attend the University of Washington and hopefully make it on the coed cheer team. Good at grammar and spelling, but does not like Math or Science.

Career Goals: To be an Elementary teacher.

Hobbies:  cheer, gymnastics, dancing, water skiing, arts and crafts

Favorite things:  cheering, tumbling, M&Ms, Diet Coke, watching Nathan on the basketball court, hanging out with friends, walks on the beach, and comfortable shoes

Favorite Places: dance clubs, a gymnastics mat, being on the sidelines of a football field or basketball court, cheer camp, the waterfront

Music Preference: Dance/ club music, Pop Rock

Relationship Status:  Committed

Weaknesses:  Poor relationship with her mother and constantly battles to gain independence. Overly sensitive to criticism and tends to trust people she shouldn’t.

Pet Peeves:  Gossip, unjust treatment, arrogance, and cliquey people who are unwilling to accept others for who they are.

Character traits:  Bubbly personality. Cheerful disposition. Spunky and energetic. Gets along well with others and fits in with most social groups. Patient, kind, and very tolerant of others’ beliefs. Although she’s competitive and has a high self-esteem, she sometimes struggles with self-confidence.

For other character bios, see links below.

Jane     Randy     Jim     Bruce    Mandy    Greg    Nathan    Mike    Lauren    Lacy    Roger    Max

Meet the Characters – Part 8

With the  release of book 3 in my series, Beyond the Hardwood, drawing nearer, I would like to introduce you to some of the new characters you will meet in this book.  I’ll begin with Nathan.

Full name:  Nathan James Hanson

Age: 18

Physical Description: 6′1, 185 pounds. Muscular, athletic physique. Charcoal grey eyes and brown hair.

Hometown:  Kirkland, WA

Family:  Oldest child of a prominent OB/GYN.  Father’s name is Dr. Randal Hanson.  Mother is Jane Hanson. Has two younger twin sisters, Lauren and Lacy.

Education:  Currently a senior at Lake Washington High School.  Plays point guard on the varsity basketball team. Wants to play in the NCAA for the University of Washington. Is dyslexic and speaks fluent Spanish.

Career Goals: To get accepted into college, hopefully on a basketball scholarship, and major in Biology. Eventually plans to attend medical school. Has career aspirations of being a doctor like his father and grandfather before him.

Hobbies:  Fishing, basketball, water skiing, snow skiing, hiking, photography.

Favorite things:  basketball, classic cars, food in any form, Mom’s cookies, watching his girlfriend cheer, hanging out with friends, traveling, anything that has to do with Science and History.

Favorite Places: the beach, Lake Washington, Science and History museums, being on a basketball court

Music Preference: Rock

Relationship Status:  Committed

Weaknesses:  Dyslexic. Not a good writer and a painfully slow reader. Knows nothing about romance, although it isn’t from lack of trying. Sometimes plagued with severe self-doubt and has difficulty balancing his responsibilities.

Pet Peeves:  Gossip, drama, and people who are mean to others.

Character traits:  Excels at Math and Science. Strong people skills. Respectful to authority, but doesn’t always follow rules. Natural leader. Dedicated student athlete, hard-working, doesn’t give up without a fight. Extremely competitive, especially on the basketball court. Willing to go out of his way to help others and is open to new ideas.  A team player, confident most of the time, but can become consumed by crippling self-doubt if under intense pressure.

For other character bios, see links below.

Jane     Randy     Jim     Bruce    Mandy    Greg    Gabby   Mike    Lauren    Lacy    Roger    Max

Let the Characters Drive

Letting the Characters Drive.

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I’ve been advised against writing in first person several times. The general advice seems to be that publishers don’t like it and it’s harder for readers to get into the story. I could never understand that because I’ve alway loved reading first person. It pulls me into the story. When I’m reading first person, I get so absorbed in the story that I forget I’m reading.  It feels like the story is simply in my head. The narration of third person constantly reminds me that I’m reading words on a page. Thinking back, it seems that all the books I would binge read were in first person, while third person was easier for me to put down and function like a normal person (which is important sometimes).

I felt like there was something missing in that advice. I wasn’t going to presume to tackle the entire publishing industry, but there was…

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