Character Inspiration for Writers

October 22, 2013 at 9:48 pm

characters“How do you come up with the characters for your novels?”
This isn’t the most common question that is asked of me, but it is one of the more interesting for me to answer. I wish I could say that the characters are well thought out ahead of time and painstakingly sculpted by design into the people they portray within my work, but the truth is that, for me at least, the characters come spontaneously with the scenes that unfold in my mind. It would be those scenarios or storylines, and the characters required within those moments, that come to me when inspiration hits.

 

My Favorite Books

October 4, 2013 at 6:08 pm

Tick-Tock-9780553582925After slogging through more than a decade’s worth of textbooks and required readings, I had taken on what could only be described as a moderate to severe repulsion of the written word. Oh, I remember how in grade school and high school I had been forced to read the “classic” books of American and English literature; unfortunately, the school system at the time was apparently more interested in the fact that these books were in the curriculum without acknowledging the fact that most of its students are too young to truly appreciate them. The fact that these stories needed to be “taught” in order to be understood by the student body was not, in my opinion, a representation of the difficulty in the work as much as the complete and total apathy of the reader.