If you love fantasy, the paranormal, romance and twisty-turny stories featuring two young women in the fight of their lives then we have the book for you! Pick up Jessie Lane’s THE BURNING STAR, available now, and today we are happy to have the author join us for a visit!
GUEST POST: Character Formation for The Burning Star
Now that I've written four books I've experienced the unusual range of how characters come to life. I use the word unusual because I wouldn't consider how I do anything to be considered normal. For instance, the idea for my first book, The Burning Star came to me one night after Iwent to sleep and had a crazy dream. It was such a vibrant, weird dream that I woke up, found a piece of paper and pen, and then started to write it all down.
I was literally scrambling to write it everything, such as characters and scene ideas, fast enough before I lost it all. Since I was acting like a crazy lady, my husband Michael woke up,took one look at me like I was totally nuts and went back to sleep mumbling about crazy-asswives, strait jackets and padded rooms. So character formation wise, all of the main characters in The Burning Star, hit me like a freight train. BAM! They were just there. Kay, Ryan, Nick and Kira were fully formed in all attributes and demanding that I write their story.
With that being said, I've never experienced that unique phenomena again. Each of the three books I've written after The Burning Star (Big Bad Bite, Walk On The Striped Side, and Secret Maneuvers) were rather slow in the character development. Each of them started out with a single plot idea or scene and gradually developed into characters and full story plot lines. I supposed that's one of the reasons that The Burning Star holds a special place in my heart. So far, it's been the only book to consume me so that it felt as if I couldn't physically write the book fast enough to get it out of my head.
There are other reasons the book is near and dear to my heart. Obvious reasons such as the fact that it was my first book. Other subtle reasons such as the characters themselves. There are pieces or aspects of both Kira and Kay's life or personalities that I pulled from my own life, andthat's not something I've ever admitted before. There's also the fact that I morphed Kay's physical appearance into an interpretation of how I thought my youngest daughter might look when she matured into a seventeen year old young lady.
Overall, I hope readers enjoy the characters in The Burning Star for their many different wonderful qualities. Kay's determination to keep moving forward, no matter what's thrown in her path. Kira's fighting spirit when her back is up against a metaphorical wall. Both of the girl's vulnerable qualities. I like to think that they're both characters my two daughters will be proud to say that there mom invented when they're old enough to read the story.
So now, I'm curious, what are some of your favorite character traits when you're reading a story? A tough girl, a cocky guy, or maybe a character with an artistic streak? What characteristics are your least favorite?
Thanks for hanging with me today! Remember, I love hearing from readers, so don't be afraid to drop me a note through my website! And a huge thank you to Kats Read for letting me stop by today and gab! Happy reading everyone!
Blog Tour Giveaway: (USA Only Giveaway due to shipping!)
- 1 Signed Paperback of The Burning Star by Jessie Lane
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