In honour of the Fall Fires blog tour, I decided to give the authors the same guest post, and get their insight into how they picture their characters.
First up is K. L. Platt, author of If This is Wrong:
As children, Thomas and Caleb formed an unlikely friendship, which has continued through tragedies and celebrations and into manhood. They have grown together over the years, but now their relationship is changing into something more. Can their bond survive the challenges that life will bring them? Is it wrong to risk everything for the chance of something more?
When you write, do you have a specific picture of the characters in your mind that you work from, or do you like to allow them freedom to grow as you write? Also, does it bother you if your readers see you characters in a different way?
As an author you know you can lead a horse to water but you can’t make it drink, I start off with a very clear view of my characters but as they developed they grew into their own skins so I went with the flow. Thomas started so quiet and scared he developed into a feisty adolescent. All of my character’s journeys stayed on their paths for the most part and I enjoyed the switch of power that happened to Caleb and Thomas…Thomas was shy and unsure until he came to terms with his sexuality where s Caleb found it harder and went from a self-assured almost cocky teen to a shy awkward man unsure of his feelings and how to pursue them.
I think as long as my readers see the key characteristics in my characters then no it doesn’t bother me. Everyone likes to have their own version of a character no matter how they are described in a book and if this enhances the readers experience in my story then that is fine with me, after all I have done it myself. So as a writer my job is to allow the characters personalities to shine through without stifling the readers own imaginations.
An example from the beginning of the story of Caleb and Thomas characters:
Caleb moved to the back of the room and sat beside a small boy who was hunched over the wooden desk. He looked even more out of place than Caleb, with his slicked back inky hair, crisp white shirt and knitted vest. He would have looked more at home in Sunday school, Caleb thought to himself.
“Hey,” Caleb whispered, “I’m Caleb.” He held out his hand to the small boy, whose eyes widened at the outstretched hand.
“I don’t bite,” Caleb chuckled. The small boy gave a weak smile and shook Caleb’s hand.
“Nice to meet you, Tommy.”
Thomas’s smile grew on his face. He had never been given a nickname before — not one that could be repeated, anyway.
Towards the end..the switch of power.
Thomas shook his head. “What, so you’ve arranged your funeral, or what?”
Caleb chuckled, “God no, Angel…”
“Don’t laugh at me, Caleb Austin Fraser, or so help me!” Thomas growled.
K. L. Platt lives with her family in the Devonshire countryside in the UK. She is a nanny, but her dream is to be a full time author. She can’t remember a time when she didn’t have a pencil, pen, or book in her hand. It was, however, the likes of J K Rowling and Stephenie Meyer that gave her the fire to drive herself to where she is today.
Always encouraged to follow her dream as a child by her own parents and grandparents, her grandma told her, “If you believe you can do it, then you can.” Her uncle was also a writer but sadly never got to have any of his stories published.