Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Guest Post: Author of Bound to Remember, Lola James - My Character Has Character!

My Character has Character!
As a writer I sometimes loose myself in my Characters! If you look up character in the dictionary the definition will read: char·ac·ter - noun aggregate of features and traits that form the individual nature of some person or thing; one such feature or trait; moral or ethical quality; reputation. My definition would be simple: personality. What’s a character, person or, or otherwise without personality?
 As a writer of paranormal romance, I know that the main characters catch the eye of the reader, (hey I read too) and they stand out by their voice.  Every character has one, they can be funny, scary, sarcastic, obnoxious or even overly happy but we as readers pick up on this and either love or hate them.
I was told recently that my lovesick vampire, Ben (that is sexy as hell by the way) comes off stiff and too formal. My response was well; I think he’s just misunderstood in 2012. I mean you try being born in 1813, being made into a vampire, and now living in 2012, hell I was born in the 70’s and I don’t understand half the stuff that goes on.  But I’m not here to vent… I am here to explain character!
I love to read stories that the main character or even a side character has a redeeming quality that I can relate to like they snort when they laugh, they’re clumsy, sing loud in the shower off key, or they eat buckets of ice after a break up, it comforting. It makes them relatable and shows there: CHARACTER and there spunk. But it’s a fine line. Nobody’s perfect and writers that present the “perfect characters” are missing the boat. I understand we all want the knight in shining armor to come sweep us off our feet and live happily ever after; BUT that kind of happily ever after only happens in Disney fairytales.
Wouldn’t it be more realistic if the knight had dull armor and he swept us off our feet but we fell in the process and still ended up happily ever after, I mean that’s probably how it would happen anyway, right? The point is the best stories are made from the characters. The same tale can be told five times with five different personality types and the story could get better or worse depending on the character!  A solid plot with amazing characters with make magic!


Bound to Remember
Book One of the Spellbound Series
Vampires and Witches and Myths, oh my!
Toni is a young doctor with a past she can't remember and a deadly reason for forgetting it.
Ben is a nurse who has his own tragic past and transfers hospitals after an act of heroism forces his secluded life public.
Ben can’t believe his eyes when he meets Toni, she has an uncanny resemblance to an old friend of his, and Toni can’t help but find Ben irresistible.

Enter Kevin, Toni’s sexy but arrogant Ex. Kevin’s jealousy of Ben blinds him from his main objective, Toni.
A dangerous secret is revealed and a magic spell seems to be a quick remedy, but the witch that helps has a little more than magic up her sleeve…


Wordofmouth said...

Will definitely read, sounds fun!