One thing I recently worried about was my favorite aunt reading my latest book, Angel Sometimes. I had every right to be worried since I sent her an autographed copy and I mentioned her in the "Author's Notes".
And a shout-out to Mattioma Roe. You inspired Angel to get her G.E.D.
I also stuck a note in the book telling her NOT to read the book. So she, of course, read Angel Sometimes. Actually, she finished it last week while she was visiting me.
Why didn't I want her to read it? Because it's got some curse words in it and nobody curses around Aunt Matti. When I asked her if she liked the book, she said, "Yes, but Angel does have a mouth on her." I then reminded Aunt Matti that Angel lived on the streets for five years. Aunt Matti smiled a closed lips smile and said, "Mmuh-huh."
Personal comment here: I don't really think Angel curses more than most young people today, but she does curse too much for my Aunt Matti.
Will my next book, Dismembering the Past, have as many curse words? Nope. Not because of Aunt Matti, but because Hallie, the protagonist of this new series, did not live on the street and cursing as part of her normal life would not fit her personality.
I believe writers have to write true characters. Some of them curse, some do not. Some characters chew tobacco, some do not. The list, of course, could go on and on. If you know the characters you're writing, you'll understand them and why they do things or don't do things.
If you're a writer, what thing does your character do that you hadn't expected? If you're a reader, is there any quirk a character has that would change your opinion of the character? Basically, I'm asking:
Does your character have
|Helen Ginger is an author, blogger, and the Coordinator of Story Circle Network's Editorial Services. She teaches public speaking as well as writing and marketing workshops. In addition, her free ezine, Doing It Write, which goes out to subscribers around the globe, is now in its fourteenth year of publication. You can follow Helen on Twitter or connect with her on Facebook and LinkedIn. Helen is the author of 3 books in TSTC Publishing’s TechCareers series, Angel Sometimes, and two of her short stories can be found in the anthology, The Corner Cafe. Her next book, Dismembering the Past, is due out in Spring 2013.|