|Captain Russell Lawrence of Grace Triumphant|
I was recently asked how I create my characters. Well, I don't. They create themselves.
I am always just as surprised as you by the time the words The End roll around. I don't fully understand my characters until the book is finished. And that's because good characters aren't created.
Even now, as I am deep in work with Grace Triumphant: A Tale of the Slave Trade, I am constantly being surprised by the brand-new characters emerging. Russell, with his atheistic tendencies. Elizabeth, with her strong feelings and inability to stand up to her headstrong fiancee. Jack, with his scarred past.
It's one thing to plot out a character's hair and eye color, height, and roles. It's quite another to detail his or her entire disposition before you're finished with chapter one. Don't detail their lives away. Be surprised. Let the character live and breathe and be who they were meant to be without hovering over them like a helicopter parent.
Let them be born.
Alicia A. Willis is a home-school graduate, published author, and avid historian. She is a firm believer in the principle that one can accomplish anything by substantial amounts of prayer and coffee. Visit her at her blog or Facebook to view her historical-fiction novels and all the goings-on between writing!