Friday, August 23, 2013

Character or Character - real life or fictional - where is the line drawn?

When it comes to people, authors study character, look for characters, and combine what they see into new characters. Sometimes. Sometimes a character pops into your life full blown, perhaps only a memory of an earlier time created him or her--and maybe you embellished what was real and what was not. But if a person/character resonates with you, certainly your readers will "feel" that special knowing you impart to them.

I knew such a character, not personally but from afar. She became the focus of Death by Candlelight and
Candlelight and Shadows, two mystery novels. She was nothing but a girl walking across a weedy field between an apartment building, railroad tracks and a street where stores were. Tall moccasin boots and long rich brown hair, a  fringed leather jacket and blue jeans. She fascinated me. I had to know her. So what did I do?  I interviewed her and she came alive so that I could tell her story. Actually, the interview was me talking to the character in my head - the answers felt real. That's all it takes sometimes for an author to create a person that her cover artist can find the essence of and translate to the page for both author and reader.




 

There are other characters: Piano Man (he was a man in a panel of wood-grain paneling in a rented home. I saw his picture there, I saw it as an advertisement for an artist course....I knew I had to find out more about him--Ghost Music of Vaudeville brought him to the page and to life. I hope readers will feel how special he is.










I could go on, but you get the idea. You can create composites of several people - or just go with your imagination, let them tell you who they are.

Now for more on this same subject visit Ginger Simpson at her blog - and follow along on a discovery of where our characters come from. Ginger Simpson http://cowboykisses.blogspot.com

And if you missed any, here are the other blogs where you will find more authors sharing with you, please stop by and visit them too.
Thanks for visiting - happy reading!




Lynn Crain --
www.awriterinvienna.blogspot.com.
Connie Vines   --
http://connievines.blogspot.com
Beverley Bateman http://beverleybateman.blogspot.ca/
Billie A. Williams
http://printedwords.blogspot.com
Ginger Simpson
http://cowboykisses.blogspot.com
Margaret Tanner http://wattleglen-margarettannersblog.blogspot.com.au/
Diane Bator http://dbator.blogspot.ca/
Rita Karnopp
http://mizging.blogspot.com

Rhobin Courtright
http://www.rhobinleecourtright.com/
 

5 comments:

Margaret Tanner said...

Hi Billie,
An interesting blog.

Regards

Margaret

Rhobin Lee Courtright said...

Isn't it funny how that works? Imagination spurred by a living person. Loved the post.

Billie Williams said...

Thanks Margaret and Rhobin for stopping by and for your kind words.
Billie

Ginger Jones Simpson said...

Hi Billie,
Great post about how we are inspired by the voices in our heads.

Lynn Crain said...

Yes, our characters can come from just seeing someone and suddenly they are a mystery we need to solve.

Thanks for a wonderful column.