I feel so honored to have Laura Kreitzer stop by the blog today as she releases yet another great book for her fans and fans-to-be to enjoy! Laura has written many fantastic books and I discovered Laura and her great talent when I was fortunate enough to review the first book in the SUMMER CHRONICLES, PHANTOM UNIVERSE. Now with the release of the second book in the series, FORSAKEN HARBOR, we all get the privilege to hear a little from Laura about how she develops the characters that are so dimensional and tangible.
So, Cici’s readers, I turn the page over to the wonderfully talented Laura Kreitzer. Enjoy! Thanks so much Laura Kreitzer for stopping by the blog today to discuss Character Identities…
When characters are first formed, at least for me, I usually have a sense of who the character will be. From there I pick names. Sometimes picking the name becomes the most tedious task of all. Once you pick the name, you can’t go back after the book is published. As I gain a sense of a character, I begin to see the one-dimensional aspects of that character form. This is what the outside world sees, or what the character wants others to see. It’s how they are perceived. Their appearance, their response, even their dialogue is something that can be manipulated to only let the reader see this one-dimensional side of a character.
As the character is fleshed out, I form their two-dimensional aspects. What the character struggles with, their emotions and feelings, their background and situation. Who they are inside at this exact moment is where I start to bring my characters to life on the page. The question is: how do you take this information and turn it into someone realistic, someone the reader will have strong emotions for, be it hate or loveability. This is where the third dimension for a character is written into the novel.
As a character grows, reacts, and changes, the reader witnesses this third dimension. There are internal struggles and external influences that dictates how the character will turn from a name to a person the reader can perceive as realistic. Not all characters are this fleshed out. Sometimes only seeing the one-dimensional aspects of a character is all that is needed. It is the main characters that we witness growing and transforming as the story unfolds. It’s not always about liking the character, sometimes a villain can be shown sympathy by the reader depending on how the character reacts to their circumstances. This is what makes a character, in my opinion. Not their extensive background or situation but how the character responds to them.
With the Summer Chronicles, most of my characters have pages written about them for my reference. Each of their lives from childhood to the age the reader meets them at is fleshed out, though as a reader, you might only see certain aspects of what is on their long rap-sheet. As the series continues, each character will show many of their dimensions, especially Summer. Her transformation from Phantom Universe to Forsaken Harbor might seem slight in the overall scheme of things, but the reader sees all the dimensions of her character. There are still two books left in the series, in which we will see how Summer and her friends cope with their situation on and off the island that is called Forsaken Harbor.
Thank you, CiCi, for having me on your blog!