Breathing life into your characters
As writers we’re always told, make your characters believable. Make them real for the reader. Make the reader care about what happens to your characters.
You might ask why this is important. The key to getting your reader to turn that page and get to the end of the book to make sure it all turns out okay, is to have your reader form an emotional connection with the character.
You might think this is easy, but it’s not. The art to doing this, is knowing your character so well, you’d know exactly what their reaction would be to any given situation. For something like this, it helps to be a people person who genuinely cares.
Be a people watcher, watch reactions, overreactions and responses to situations. How does a father deal with the loss of his wife?
How does a sister deal with the loss of her sister?
Would she feel relief if she’d been made to save her sister? What did she feel growing up? Was there ever any resentment between the siblings and how was that dealt with?
There is a lot about your characters you’d know when you start your WIP, that you never tell your readers. If you did, your book would be boring and would result in a lot of info dump in the first few chapters. But in order to keep the readers’ curiosity piqued, you sprinkle little bits of information in exactly the right places, to make them want more. It’s one of the best ways to get them invested in the story. It’s effective in making them care about what’s going to happen next.
If your strong lead character is acting too soft, then ask yourself why? Has all the years of bottling things up been too much? Is being back to where it all began now breaking down those walls she’d built?
What about your male lead? Is he rushing off charging to save the day? Do you think he might have been hurt and he’s too scared to put himself out there again? Maybe he has more responsibility like a child to take care of and he can’t be reckless anymore, because that would leave the child an orphan?
What about the villain? There’s always a reason the bad guy, is the bad guy. Whether its money, power or love, the reason is always the motivator for someone doing things they wouldn’t normally do. In order to make it real, the motivator has to be believable.
What I enjoyed most about writing Made to Die are the characters and getting to see how they developed or unraveled over the course of their journey. Getting that balance between character driven and plot driven is what makes a book exciting.
MADE TO DIE
When a young woman comes home to find closure and say goodbye to the sister she was made to save, she discovers a program for organ trafficking linked to a mass body dump.
What has Cedar Falls become in her absence and what has her mother and Troy Saban, her sister’s husband has to do with it? Sophie Summerfield must fight for her life and those she loves as she figures out who is behind this scheme to steal organs from young woman.
Intrigue and drama captures the mind of the suspense reader.