They say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. As an author, that could be said for the characters we create. I write young adult and middle grade fiction. Typically, there are several main characters with varying storylines that weave together to form the book. Trying to keep all those characters straight can be frustrating. I’m sure there are programs out there that will keep all those pesky details for me, but I find that hinders my creativity. I would rather invent something for myself. One thing that has been fun for me is Pinterest.
When I was a little girl, I would play with Barbie dolls. I loved to change her hairstyle, outfits, and add shoes and accessories. With each wardrobe change, Barbie became a different character. I don’t play with Barbie dolls anymore, but I can do something along that line on Pinterest. I can pin an actor/actress photo of who should play that character in a movie (hey, it could happen). I can pin different hair styles, special accessories, tattoos, shoes, clothing, etc… that I picture my character in. This gets the creativity going when I am stuck on a storyline. Sometimes finding that one unique item, like a tattoo, can take the character and story into a whole other direction. It helps me to focus on that character and really think about their background, likes, and dislikes.
So, the next time you are stuck with your character, create a character board and stick a pin in it.
Seventeen-year-old LILY LAVERY never dreamed her homecoming night would turn out like this. First, she was chauffeured to the dance by her parents, while her boyfriend followed in his car behind them. Second, she never dreamed her Dad would lose control of the car and wreck. Third, she never expected to become orphaned, in a coma, and enter an alternate reality, all in one evening. No, she thought she would arrive at the dance to the cheers of her classmates after being crowned homecoming princess at the big game, dance the night away with her handsome boyfriend, ALEX McGUIRE, and maybe end the night in his arms.
CONNOR O’BRIEN took one look at the girl, who arrived in the alternate reality known as Paradise Valley, and knew she would be trouble. She oozed it from the top of her tiara, down to her cheerleading uniform. Connor knew that type of girl and vowed to stay away from her. The problem was she looked so sad and broken from her experience. The large class ring on her left-hand, ring finger should have been enough to warn him away, but he found himself drawn to her anyway.
Together, Connor and Lily must battle Kramm, the Warrior King of the Dark Land, and his second in command, COLIN O’BRIEN , Connor’s twin brother, in order to access the portal paths that will lead them back to reality and their sleeping bodies.
What will happen when they return? Will Lily continue her previous life with Alex, or will she stay with Connor, the man of her literal dreams?
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