Fiction Book Reviews

Who’s Got Character with Siri Mitchell

My first introduction to contemporary fiction was reading Siri Mitchell’s fantastic novel, Kissing Adrien. I’d decided never to write a contemporary novel up to that point, but something about the humor, suspense, and excitement drew me in, not to mention Adrien and France. Two years later, I’d completed my first contemporary romantic comedy. Funny what… Continue reading Who’s Got Character with Siri Mitchell

Autism and Asperger Info/Posts

Growing Challenging Characters – A Spectrum of Possibilities

Ya know, I was going to write about characterization from the Bible today, but I wanted to share something a little different today. As some of you may know, I am a speech-language pathologist (by day) – with a special interest in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Almost every day, I get the opportunity to work with… Continue reading Growing Challenging Characters – A Spectrum of Possibilities

Fiction Book Reviews, inspirational fiction, Writing Tips

Sizzling First Encounters with Mary Connealy

Whether it's a man-hating woman, an insecure china doll, an orphan-turned-school teacher, or a knife-slinging wildwoman, Mary Connealy knows how to write strong women. Whether it's a red-headed gentle-man, a rough and tumble man down on his luck, a big-hearted keeper of orphans, or a determined loner who knows how to dodge knives, Mary Connealy… Continue reading Sizzling First Encounters with Mary Connealy

Fiction Book Reviews, Writing Tips

Characterization through The Christmas Story – Imagination

Characters emerge from the most unlikely of places. Some evolve from a dream, others from the combination of several different personalities, a few from a stranger who sparked our interest, or a unique family member. The spark that flames into a memorable hero or heroine doesn't have a hard and fast rule for inspiration because… Continue reading Characterization through The Christmas Story – Imagination

Fiction Book Reviews

Characterization Through the Christmas Story – Strength

Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”                         - - Ghandi  I’m a bit behind in my well-made plans of drawing characterization out of The Christmas Story, but let me forge ahead to our next character trait: Strength Most memorable characters grip our attention because of their inner strength of… Continue reading Characterization Through the Christmas Story – Strength

Fiction Book Reviews

Characterization Through the Christmas Story – Conflict

Just as the pulse of a good story is founded in conflict, so is the core of a character. Conflict energizes our scenes and draws readers into the emotional suspense of our heroine and hero’s lives. Boy and girl can meet, but unless something happens to shake the foundations of that new relationship, then the… Continue reading Characterization Through the Christmas Story – Conflict

Fiction Book Reviews

Characterization Through The Christmas Story – Passion

Another echoing theme, from the authors who gave tips on characterization during the month of November, was a characters essence…. His power Her strength His desire Her motivation What drives him to achieve his goal? What keeps her awake at night? I’m going to sum it up as the Passion that plunges your character forward:… Continue reading Characterization Through The Christmas Story – Passion

Writing Tips

Characterization Through The Christmas Story – Backstory

Throughout the month of November, I've featured authors who answered two questions: Who are your favorite characters you've ever written? What is the behind-the-scenes story of those characters? Over the next few days and in preparation for some new answers from guest-authors, I'm going to take those answers and sum them up by looking at… Continue reading Characterization Through The Christmas Story – Backstory

Fiction Book Reviews

Who’s Got Character with Jeffrey Overstreet

Aspiring minds want to know how the colorful characters behind Jeffrey Overstreet’s fantasy novels came into existence. Not only does Jeffrey blend the colors of story to create masterpieces worth reading, he was a film reviewer and columnist for Christianity Today for most of a decade and is sought after for his insights about faith and film.  His film commentaries… Continue reading Who’s Got Character with Jeffrey Overstreet

Fiction Book Reviews

Who’s Got Character?

What a better week to talk about 'characters' than the week we dress up as different ones. I am thrilled to announce the 'line up' for next weeks' "Who's Got Character?", where your favorite authors tell us their favorite heroes and heroines, AND the 'behind-the-scenes' making of those characters? To whet your creative interests, check… Continue reading Who’s Got Character?