A few of my favorite fictional characters are Laura Croft Tomb Raider, Hermione Granger and Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And, oh yes, Kim Possible. What defines them? Strength, resilience, intelligence, a sense of humor, and complex motivation for their actions.
Read this challenge to writers to create characters who are multidimensional because the alternative is unlikely cardboard cutouts with an axe to grind.
Post 3 (or 4) of your favorite characters and why you like them.
Fellow RPLA Winner, friend and author John Cammalleri invited me to be a part of a blog chain called "The Next Big Thing." Authors give a preview of their current works-in-progress by answering some pre-set questions and we invite other authors to join the party.
Please follow the links to John's Blog and those I've invited (below), so you can get an idea of their books and, in two weeks, how they answer the same questions. Here are my answers:
What is the working title of your next book?
What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?
At speeds exceeding 60-mph around Formula One Grand Prix of Monaco, fifteen-year-old Finn and friends throttle down at the most prestigious go-kart race in the world.
Who or what inspired you to write this book?
My son (the inspiration for Finn) and my husband are nuts about cars. Living in Europe put Monaco on my bucket list.
Where did the idea come from for the book?
Watching Formula One racing is favorite pastime in our house. Finn's hybrid engine go-kart represents my belief in cars going green.
What genre does your book fall under?
Realistic Fiction for Middle Grade / Young Adult
What actors would you choose to play the part of your characters in a movie rendition?
Josh Hutcherson, star of The Hunger Games, would play Finn. If Natalie Portman (Black Swan, Star Wars) had a younger sister, she could portray the smart and athletic Parminder.
Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?
Self-published, like the first in the series, Finn's Ship. When established traditional writers like my friend Greg Taylor (Killer Pizza) choose to self-publish, I think I'm on the right track.
How long did it take you to write the first draft of the manuscript?
I wrote the most of the first draft during National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), November of 2011. A LOT of editing followed and with the help of my critique group, it's nearly there.
What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?
Action, technology and international travel may remind you of the Alex Rider spy series by Anthony Horowitz. Finn faces real-life teen problems with James Bond style and world-class vehicles.
What else about the book might pique the reader's interest
Finn is pressured into corporate espionage by his boss at the race shop. Competition among teams is fierce on and off the track.
Meet the authors/bloggers invited to The Next Big Thing on April 13. Check out their blogs and get to know their work.