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Our September Author Interviews--9/6 Kathleen Valenti, 9/13 David Burnsworth, 9/20 Jeri Westerson, 9/27 Frances Brody. Please join us in welcoming these authors to WWK.
September Saturday Guest Bloggers: 9/2--Anne Bannon, 9/9 WWK Bloggers, 9/16 Margaret S. Hamilton, 9/23 Kait Carson, and on 9/30 Trixie Stiletto.
“May 16, 2017 – The Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA) today announced the finalists of the second annual Star Award, given to authors of published women’s fiction. Six finalists were chosen in two categories, General and Outstanding Debut. The winners of the Star Award will be announced at the WFWA Retreat in Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 23, 2017.” In the general category, WWK’s Carla Damron was one of three finalist for her novel, The Stone Necklace. Go to Carladamron.com for more information. Congratulations, Carla!
Congratulations to our writers for the following publications:
Warren Bull's new Lincoln mystery, Abraham Lincoln In Court & Campaign has been released. Look for the Kindle version on February 3.
Shari Randall's "Pets" will be included in Chesapeake Crimes: Fur, Feathers, and Felonies anthology, which will be published in 2018. In the same anthology "Rasputin," KM Rockwood's short story, will also be published. Her short story "Goldie" will be published in the Busted anthology, which will be released by Level Best Books on April 25th.
In addition, our prolific KM will have the following shorts published as well: "Sight Unseen" in Fish Out of Water, Guppie (SinC) anthology, just released, and "Making Tracks" in Passport to Murder, Bouchercon anthology, October 2017.
Margaret S. Hamilton's short story, "Once a Kappa" was published as a finalist in the Southern Writer's Magazine annual short story contest issue. Mysterical-E published her "Double Crust Corpse" in the Fall 2016 issue. "Baby Killer" will appear in the 2017 solar eclipse anthology Day of the Dark to be published this summer prior to the eclipse in August.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
How Much Are Our Characters Like Us?
One of the things I wonder about is how much of themselves a writer puts into their characters. Is their protagonist a lot like themselves, at least somewhat like themselves or totally different? Is Janet Evanovich as quirky as Stephanie Plum? I know from reading the short author's bio on the back or inside cover of their book, that authors might have some expertise in the job or profession they've given their main character. Or if they didn't, was it a profession or job they would like to have? If an author is shy or retiring, do they make their protagonist outgoing, bold or brave?
Nevada Barr was a forest ranger with the National Park Service when she started writing her Anna Pigeon books. She not only knew the parks she wrote about, but the politics of how the Park Service is run, and the things that can and do happen in our National Parks, but I wonder if she is anywhere near as brave as Anna Pigeon. Did she ever have some of the close calls she writes about or knew of another ranger having them?
Alan Bradley, who writes the Flavia de Luce series, is obviously not a precocious eleven yearl old girl, but has he always loved chemistry like Flavia? Was his childhood anything like hers? Or is she totally a figment of his imagination?
Although I've met Rhys Bowen and heard her speak at conferences and read her series, I'm not sure how much her main characters are like her. But if I had to choose which one was the most like her between Molly Murphy, Evan Evans or Lady Georgiana, I'd pick Lady Georgiana.
I buy many books from authors I've met or heard speak at conferences, especially those from Sisters in Crime Guppies - and as I've gotten to know them over the years, when I read their books, I can hear their voice in their main characters - the tone, the speech pattern, the word choices. I can also see their body movements in my mind, and I don't think it's just my imagination.
Gardening has been a hobby of mine for years. (And no, the picture is not one of my gardens.) I love puttering about in the garden; planning, digging, planting and even weeding, so it was natural that I gave my protagonist, Catherine Jewell, something to do with gardening. However, I never wanted to make gardening more than a hobby, but it's a profession for Catherine, a botanist at a large public gardens. Although I'm not as young as she is, there are a few other things about her that mirror me. It may be a case of the old advice, write what you know. And who do we know better than ourselves? Well, some of us may be delusional.
If you're a writer, how much of you is in your main character? If your book or a favorite book of yours was made into a movie, who would you want to play the main character? Take this a step further, if a movie were to be made of your life, who would you want to play you?