Guest Post: Careful . . . or you’ll end up in my Novel
This plaque hangs in my kitchen. When people who don’t know that I actually do write novels visit, they chuckle. My husband, very seriously says, “No, really. She will.”
Do I write real people into my books?
As a writer I’m constantly watching people. I watch how they move. I listen to how they say things. I study everything about them. It’s a habit by now, something I don’t even realize I’m doing.
When I see something interesting, it clicks in my mind and I think, “Ah ha! I can use that.”
One night my husband and I were sitting at a bar with another man who my husband knew and was conversing with. They were talking shop and almost immediately I was bored by the conversation. What didn’t bore me was the way the man moved his beer bottle around as he talked. He would move it to the side, then back again, scoot it away, then back again. Twist it one way, then the other. He didn’t know he was doing it and it was obvious it was something he did all the time. It intrigued me.
Its small things like this that make characters come alive, that gives them that special something and catapults them from two-dimensional to three-dimensional.
This is what I love about writing, this fleshing out of the characters, of making them real to the reader.
I won’t create a character to be a mirror image of someone I know. That’s a tricky process that I’m not willing to engage in. What if they don’t like what I write about them? But I will take bits and pieces of people to form a unique character.
Do I take bad characteristics as well as good? You betcha. Will I tell you who my villains are based on? No way.
All I can say is be careful or you might end up in one of my novels.
Would you want an author to write you into a story?
After earning a degree in journalism from Ohio University, Sharon found the stories inside her head were more interesting than what was going on in the world around her. Yet, it wasn’t until years later that she decided to pursue her secret dream of writing a romance novel. The Notorious Lady Anne is Sharon’s first published historical. She’s also published in romantic suspense, paranormal romance and contemporary romance.
Sharon’s other job descriptions include chauffer, laundress, cook and mediator to her three very busy kids, her husband and two dogs. She lives in southwest Ohio with her brood although her dream is to someday retire to St. Maarten and live on the beach.
If you’d like to find out more about Sharon and her books, you can visit her at her website. She’s addicted to social networking so you can find her on Facebook and Twitter. Friend her! Like her! Follow her! She’d love to hang out with you and talk about her passion—books.
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