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Character Deja Vu December 14, 2011

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I don’t know about other writers, but my characters become my friends. I remember scenes  they’ve played a part in the way I remember incidents that happened in my own life.

I even think about how they would react to the events of my daily life, even though the books or manuscripts are published or complete.

I always think of Tia and Rork from STARJACKED when I read or see something about the underground railroad on TV. Tia, a life long space pirate grew up with slavery, but eventually comes to see that it’s wrong and fights to save children from the system. I would like to think I would be as brave, but it’s easy with the hindsight of history to know something is wrong — it seems obvious — but when everything around you has been a certain way your whole life, its much harder to see the injustice, let alone take a stand.

Rork, the hero, is a law man. An undercover agent for the Union of Planets. I always think of him when I see an undercover plot on TV. All too often when officers are deep undercover, it’s difficult for them not to identify with their targets, but Rork never ceases to have a clear vision of right and wrong.

Anything about witches reminds me of Thalia, my heroine from BLOOD AND KISSES. She’s a witch who never lets a little problem, like not being very powerful, hold her back. Though, I ache with her through her insecurities, she always steps up and handles what needs to be done.

I hold a special place in my heart for Thalia’s hero, Gideon. Mistakes he made as a human haunt him. He can’t shake the idea that he’s a monster, but he still allows a young witch to convince him to help her in her quest to stop a killer. Though, he’d like to, he can’t stop caring. I love that about him.

I’m in the process of writing and revising several other manuscripts and those characters wake me up at night, or tug on my heart when something reminds me of them. I want others to love them and hurt for them as I do.

What about you? Do things remind you of characters from books, movies, or TV? What characters hold a special place in your heart?

Best,

Karin

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1. Casey Wyatt - December 15, 2011

I love my characters too. In fact, my books all end with space for sequels because I can’t bear to say goodbye to the world I’ve created.

karinshah - December 15, 2011

I know what you mean! Thankfully, I don’t think we’re alone. I love it when authors keep those sequels coming!
Thanks for stopping by and posting! 🙂

Karin

2. Meggan Connors - December 17, 2011

I love my characters, too. While I don’t often leave myself room for a sequel, I DO leave myself open for related books, where these characters might (okay, okay, WILL) pop up again.

I do this strictly because I miss them. I know it sounds crazy, but I always fall in love with at least one of my characters in every single book. Maybe it’s because I know them inside out. I’d like to say it’s because they’ve never contradicted me and they don’t talk back, but I swear they DO! 🙂

karinshah - December 17, 2011

LOL! Meggan! They sure do talk back when the want too!:-)

And usually, when we least want them to! Thanks for commenting!

Karin

3. Sandy Wickersham-McWhorter - January 7, 2012

Karin, thank you for putting Sheena up as a furry familiar! She was the light of my life in every way.

karinshah - January 8, 2012

I love to look at people’s pets! I’m so sorry about Sheena. I hope the fond memories will soon outweght the pain of losing her.


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