Time for another blog hop with Romance Weekly! Today's questions are from Debbie (Kate) Robbins:
1. How much of yourself do you write into your characters? Or do you write characters completely opposite to you?
On some level I write something from myself, but I try more to use psychological profiling and characteristics from people I know. I use a psychology book to identify my character's type before I start writing: Are You My Type, Am I Yours by Renee Baron and Elizabeth Wagele. This book uses nine enneagrams and discusses how each type interacts with the others:
2. Has your writing helped you see events in your own life clearer?
Not really. I maintain a clear distinction between my fictional world and my real life.
3. Have you written a character with more of your personal characteristics than any other? What are they?
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writing Enya's character
Yes, I'd say Enya from The Highland Henchman has some personal characteristics from my youth. She's a tomboy and very driven. Once she has her mind set on something, there's no stopping her from getting what she wants. Of course as I've matured, I've mellowed considerably.
One thing I do when writing is ask how that character would respond, not how I would respond. Occasionally in the first draft of a book, I'll realize I've written my own response rather than my character's and have to edit. To get more three-dimensional characters, an author must find ways of getting out of his/her own head.
I'd love you to comment on some of your characterization tricks and tools!!
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Beauty and the Barbarian, Highland Force Book Three slipped up on Amazon a day early (but the big release post will go up tomorrow)!