How much is me? How much is observation? And how much is imagination?
The little details are sometimes a reflection of my personal tastes. A character’s favorite color—Lizzie likes purple flowers. A clothing choice—Harry the healer from book 2 wears marvel character t-shirts. Some of these are my favorites or just things I like. I like Marvel characters, so a character who I like, likes them, too J
But the big details, physical appearance, for example, are typically an amalgamation of people I know, people I’ve observed, and imagination. I might use a friend’s hair color, the nail polish I saw online yesterday, and the clothes I saw on a guy walking down the street earlier.
The piece of the book that is most imagination is the personality profile. The bad guys are bad. And the good guys are good. Maybe the bad guys have some redeeming qualities and maybe the good guys are flawed, but it still comes down to a pretty clear delineation. Why is that? I try to make the good guys into characters who I like. Characters with traits I can respect and find worthy of emulation. And a lot of real people are much more complex than that. They can be admirable in some ways while being less so in others.
A lot of writers do a great job of writing the realities and complexities of real people into their characters. I’m still new J And even when I’m not, when I’m an experienced old hand, I’m not sure I’ll want to write characters that are too realistic. Because, for me, I look to books for a glimpse of something better. What could be. Bring too much reality into the book and that spoils the fun a bit. Of course, too little reality and no one can relate ;) But having a shining image of something good, kind, moral, reasonable—insert your preferred adjectives—that is something I hope we can always find in books. Especially in romance!
What characteristics do you like best to see in your heroes and heroines? What characteristics do you like best to see in your villains? Let me and Fang-tastic know!
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Word count: approx. 71k
Pages: approx. 275
Author Kate Baray begins her new paranormal romance series with Lost Library, a tale of werewolves, magic, adventure and romance.
John Braxton arrives unannounced on Lizzie’s doorstep. Little does she know that when she invites him to a drink on the porch, Lizzie opens the door to a secret world of werewolves—oops, they don’t like that name!—Lycan, magic, spelled books, and power hungry evildoers. Caught up in one man’s search for power, Lizzie soon begins to uncover surprising secrets about her own past and powers.
And romance with a serious but sexy Lycan? It might just happen…
About the Author:
Kate Baray is a paranormal romance and urban fantasy writer. She lives and writes in Austin, Texas with the help of her spotty dogs and hound. Kate has worked as an attorney, a manager, a tractor sales person, and a dog trainer. All exciting and interesting jobs, but none so much as writing!