1. Who is your favorite character?
2. Why is he/she your favorite?
He is because a lot of his actions and feelings are my own. He's dealing with a difficult child and I wrote a lot of my reactions through him.
3. How did you come to create him/her?
I started going on ghost tours and one was lead by a Hector-like person. I enjoyed it and thought it would make some great stories. Luckily, when I mentioned it to the Hector-like person, he was fine with it and said I could use whatever I wanted.
4. When did he/she first enter your mind?
When I went on the ghost tour and had some strange experiences. I liked the way the Hector-like person handled himself.
5. Where was he/she given life in the creative process?
Well, I only used the basics of that real person. I think in the father/son interactions is when Hector really comes to life and you see how he's trying to deal with the situation.
6. What do like the most about him/her and what do you dislike the most about him/her?
I like that he steps up and takes responsibility. I dislike that at the end things still aren't resolved for him even though he did the right thing.
I can't say that I've used this with any sense of accomplishment, yet. I ran across this wonderful information when a writer friend shared it with me. This is by Jim Butcher and I'm going to show how I should have used it in Amador Lockdown.
Jim Butcher says - TAGS are words you hang upon your character when you describe them. When you’re putting things together, for each character, pick a word or two or three to use in describing them. Then, every so often, hit on one of those words in references to them, and avoid using them elsewhere when possible. By doing this, you’ll be creating a psychological link between those words and that strong entry image of your character. Let me take one of my characters from Amador Lockdown, Hector. Hector is short, black unruly hair, black cowboy hat.
Jim Butcher says - TRAITS are like TAGS, except that instead of picking specific words, you pick a number of unique things ranging from a trademark prop to a specific mental attitude. Let me attempt this with Hector again. I think this is great, but is harder for me to do because I didn't think about it before I wrote the story. So Hector's traits are, in the Paranormal Posse, he's the responsible one. He always tries to take responsibility for what happens with the group. He founded it and tries to do the right thing.
Something has moved into the Amador Hotel. Hector, Marcos, Bev, and Tony of the Paranormal Posse are called in to either debunk the haunting or get rid of whatever is causing the problems. With the surprise arrival of Hector's son, he tries to keep his professional and personal lives separate, but whatever is haunting the Amador Hotel has other plans.
Pages: 154 pages
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Ms. Russell won the 2003 McCaleb Peace Initiative which produced the non-fiction articles Peace on the Peninsula (proceeds from this eBook go to benefit rebuilding Joplin, MO). You can also find various articles written by her on Technorati and BlogCritics.
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