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How I Develop My Characters + An Interview With Yours Truly

How I Develop My Characters + An Interview With Yours Truly

One of my favorite parts of writing is getting to develop characters!  I get giddy thinking up what a character looks like, what their favorite type of music says about them, their fears and flaws.  All of these small, seemingly insignificant facts come together to create a multi-dimensional character, and it gives me a rush!  While all of these facts may not come out in my story, it's helpful for me to refer back to so that my character is consistent.  For example, if I know my character has 3 alarm clocks on her nightstand it indicates she tends to oversleep and is not a morning person.  This could come into play when she has an important job interview at 8AM.

One of the ways I keep all of these little tidbits straight is by "interviewing" my characters.  Instead of just listing out some of the questions I ask, I thought it would be fun for you, my readers, to get to know a little bit more about me in the process! So I'm answering a few of these questions myself and providing you a little glimpse into what makes Amanda Everett tick. The full list of questions will be included at the bottom of the post :)

Favorite Color: Aqua
Favorite Music: I'm a fan of country music and the old classics; think Frank Sinatra, Etta James and Billie Holiday.
Comfort Food: Mashed potatoes and gravy or brownies and icecream
Go-To Outfit: Gold studs, skinny jeans and a loose top, or anything navy & white striped
Scars: small scar under my right eye from when I had to get stitches after pulling the venetian blinds down on myself as a child
Education: Bachelor's in Human Development & Psychology from Virginia Tech (Go Hokies!)
Profession: Administrative Assistant for our local PRC by day, writer by night
What's On My Nightstand: framed picture of me & my hubby, water in a mason jar, Burt's Bees chapstick, Bible & journal, Stabilo pens, at least 5+ books...usually the pile overflows onto the floor
Reading Preferences: Novels, namely Historical Fiction
Greatest Fears: losing my husband, not doing something meaningful with my life
What Makes Me Cry: Adoption stories and military homecoming videos...every. single.time
What Makes Me Come Alive: talking about literature, my husband, college ministry, the mountains and wide open spaces
What Makes Me Feel Loved: fresh flowers, love notes and letters in the mail
What Makes Me Laugh: My husband, every day of my life
Weaknesses: Being on time and responding to texts
Guilty Pleasure: Coke Zero and reading the gossip mags that we get at work for the waiting room
Spend Free Time: preferably alone (hello introverts!) or with my hubby, reading, crafting and channeling my inner Joanna Gaines as I decorate our own fixer-upper

For other great tips on character development check out these posts from two of my favorite authors, Becky Wade and Deeanne Gist

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