Monday, July 16, 2012

Did you fall in love with him?

"I'm Léal Irvine; I'm always quicker than them before I have to be careful."
One of the main reasons I love my job is because in some way or another I'm able to have a personal and emotional connection with my characters.
Though originally Léal didn't have much a role in Cursed With Power, I'm actually very pleased that he now has a role --even if it's minor.  While I know he's not happy with the small role --such an attention seeker!--it'll be interesting to see how everything turns out with him narrating the sequel.
What I really love about Léal --and don't tell him this!--is that he's dangerous.  He's not like anybody I know, and I'm looking forward to expanding his character in the years to come.
My advice to those of you aspiring writers: be dangerous, do something crazy, let your characters be unique.  A lot of readers these days are falling in love with these male characters because of the way they act, the things they say, and of course (as always) the way they look.  However, YOU have control over this.  If your characters talk about your character as someone who's "attractive" your reader will be able to grasp that more easily.  If your male MC is a sweet-talker, a flirt, or maybe throws some crude jokes out now and then.. It's okay so long as it fits in with who he is.  If your guy grew up learning manners from his parents and that family is everything, he could be totally different.  If your guy had parents who left him when he was a young boy, and he ran into the wilderness and lost his humanity for years, he will be different.  And these days, my dear writers, that is what readers want.  They don't want the stereotypical "hero" or "bad boy."  So don't be afraid to go out of your comfort zone to find how your character can have his place to shine.

And in case you're curious to read more about Léal, he paid a visit to my blog while I was editing (I warned you, he loves attention): here.  Enjoy your week!  I'll be back later on with more about the series.
Lindsey R. Sablowski
"There's a lot that I want." He said. He smirked as he said it like he knew he was pushing my patience.

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