We get attached to characters, don't we? Some of us get so attached that we literally scream and cry and laugh and experience EVERY. SINGLE. EMOTION with the book characters that we love.
I know that I write for children, but it was SUPER IMPORTANT for me to make sure that I created characters and dialogue in a way that tweens/teens can relate to. In fact, all of my main characters (and many of the others) are based off of real people that have been or are in my life. I want them to feel real. I want their stories to feel real.
So, what's up with this photo? It's my chicken-scratch note that I wrote many moons ago about the journey each of my main characters would take through the entire "Elena Ransom" saga. Even though I've only published 3, I'm going to eventually publish 6 so I wanted to make sure I knew what their character archetypes were going to be. In case you can't read sloppy handwriting, this reads:
For Elena the journey is FORGIVENESS
Austin is SACRIFICE
Kidd is WHOLENESS
Declan is STEADFAST HOPE/PURSUIT
Abria is LOVE
Fergie is OBEDIENCE/DUTY
Pigg is MERCY/GRACE
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Dear Epic Inkers,
I felt out of place as a teen...more than once. But the truth is, we're only as alone as we choose to be. I'm not saying it's easy to make friends or feel connected with people, but don't be discouraged!