Characters And Their – ummm – Character

Hello everyone, 

Aside from bracing for the impact of Hurricane Dorian, which hopefully will not be quite so bad, I have been busy launching my division of our family beekeeping business, Coastal Honey Bees LLC.  I’ve been making my own soaps by hand, and I have so far successfully made 5 different varieties:  White Coconut Cream, Pink Coconut Cream, Grapefruit Glycerin, Lemon Oatmeal and Bergamot Cream. Every bar contains at least one full tablespoon of our own raw honey.  They turned out even better than I hoped they would and I just love them.  (the family does too!) 

So, you see I have not had the time to write as much as I was.  Fear not.  The update to CounterClockwise is still happening, and I am not abandoning the ship by any means.  In fact, since I am limiting my YouTube activity now, I will be able to post here more often.  

Right now I’m wondering about my characters themselves.  All of them.  It all started with young Claire, her wooly mammoth dog, Bobo, and of course, her recurring dreams.  Even though the series is based on dreams I myself had, I have embellished at will and have added much more to the story than merely the bits and pieces of my dreams.  From the reader feedback I have received to date, it seems that many of you like it as well.  Thank you for the great feedback.  

Back to my characters.  When I write I go completely off the cuff.  Meaning that I do not sit down and sketch out a plan or write an outline.  I simply sit with a blank page in front of me and let the creativity begin.  That’s how I roll and how I will always roll.  

It does seem to me that many of my leads and supports are a bit dastardly.  (love that word!) And I am not going to stop that. It’s part of life.  And, let’s face it.  If I wrote about how nice everyone was and how true love landed in everyone’s lap the first time out and how money just flowed in by itself — it would be damned boring!  So, there is a method to my madness and I’m bringing in the bad guys to keep the story juicy.  

What will I do next?  Ahh… there is a question.  I have ideas, yes, but it is not until I sit down and begin to develop a character or a situation that it is truly defined.  

My newest guy, Frankie, may be a bit of an exception to the dastardly character preference.  He’s a good person, however, there will be times, I guarantee you, that Frankie is so hurt and disappointed that he strikes back out of his misery.  No one is ever going to get out of one of my stories without defending themselves.  No one.  

That’s about it for today.  I’ll be writing here this week, probably about our man, Frankie.  Let’s see what kind of trouble comes his way, shall we?  

Take care, 

Nancy

READ ABOUT FRANKIE Here and Here

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Jessie says:

    Absolutely! Your villains are fantastic!

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  2. Soaps!! How nice! I am anxious to see them! Just a fan of all of your work I guess.

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  3. Tina says:

    You always come up with something new and exciting don’t you? I am a big fan of natural soaps and beauty products so please please share the info as soon as you have it!

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  4. Yolanda says:

    I love everything you write. You should be much more famous than you are.

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  5. Sandy says:

    The picture had me! Love your bad guys!

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  6. chella says:

    Your story is about so many interesting people. I love the way you make them interact. Someone else said that even though you’re talking about the 1840s the situations are relevant today. I find that to be true as well.

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  7. Christina says:

    You definitely have the ability to create realistic people. Kudos, girlfriend!

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  8. Ginny says:

    Ha! Oh yes, some of your characters are scoundrels. And we all love the scoundrels!

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