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Six Sentence Sunday 11/27/2011

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Welcome to Six Sentence Sunday!  Thanks for taking the time to visit.  I love reading comments, so please let me know what you think of my snippet.  Each week I will post another six from a work in progress or a finished manuscript.  All you have to do is read and enjoy.  That’s it!

Since starting Six Sentence Sunday I’ve been posting from Some Like it in Handcuffs which is being released on March 23, 2012 by The Wild Rose Press…but as of last week I’ve put that story away until it’s closer to release date and will now post from my current wip, Some Like it on the Run, which features Derek Kennedy, brother to Sunny, the heroine from Some Like it in Handcuffs.

Quick setup:  Last week you met Derek and saw his reaction to seeing Kelly, a woman from his past.  This scene is in Kelly’s pov.

Double damn.

Kelly choked mid bubble-blow when Derek limped down from the driver’s seat of his big black truck and made his way toward her.  She hadn’t seen him in months, since she’d played maid of honor to his best man at Sunny and Judson’s wedding.  But her heart still flipped and his presence affected her to the point where her mind stumbled to recall her own name.  So much for getting over him.

When she’d called Sunny in a panic, and had been reassured someone would be sent to help her, she hadn’t expected her friend to send numero uno hunky brother.

I hope you enjoyed these six.  For more great previews from other authors please click on SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY. Or join next week with six of your own.

Happy Reading!

One more plug…I have a forum on my blog every Wednesday titled What to Read Wednesday where I feature an author and one of their books.  If you have a book that you’d like to promote, please send me an email to set up a date to appear for an interview @ christine.warner@yahoo.com.  I’m accepting bookings for February and beyond 🙂  Thanks!

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Six Sentence Sunday 11/20/2011

Hi!  Please feel free to browse my blog and if you like what you see, sign up for email updates on the left or scroll down to follow through the networked blogs icon!  (Thanks to my lovely daughter for adding that) 🙂

Welcome to Six Sentence Sunday!  Thanks for taking the time to visit.  I love reading comments, so please let me know what you think of my snippet.  Each week I will post another six from a work in progress or a finished manuscript.  All you have to do is read and enjoy.  That’s it!

Since starting Six Sentence Sunday I’ve been posting from Some Like it in Handcuffs which is being released on March 23, 2012 by The Wild Rose Press…but I’ve decided to put that story away until it’s closer to release date and will now post from my current wip, Some Like it on the Run, which features Derek Kennedy, brother to Sunny, the heroine from Some Like it in Handcuffs.  (whew, that was a confusing to say…lol)

Quick set up…Sunny has called her brother Derek to help one of her friends who’s in trouble and also just happens to be his one time girlfriend.  The girl that got away…

He pounded the steering with his fist as he rounded the last curve inside the parking ramp.  His heart thudded against his ribs as he spotted Sunny’s late night emergency.

Kelly Hartford stood leaning against her notice-me red car.  Her trademark blood red lipsticked mouth puckered and she blew a pink bubble which covered the lower half of her face.  Their gazes met and held over the curved edge of the billowy bubble.  Some things never changed, like Kelly’s love of bubble gum along with the tower high stilettos strapped to her feet, which caused her legs to stretch to the moon and then some.

I hope you enjoyed these six.  For more great previews from other authors please click on SIX SENTENCE SUNDAY. Or join next week with six of your own. 🙂

Happy Reading!

 

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It’s All in My Head

Every writer has favorite parts when it comes to developing their story.  When starting a new story, one of mine is making out my character sketches.  Most of the time this starts early on as I come up with a story idea or plot, and the images of the characters will slowly develop before I actually sit down and write them out.

I have to admit that what the characters in my stories look like depends a lot on who they are inside.  More often than not I form a mental list of who they are.  Flaws, likes, dislikes, fears, careers, family, friends—making them real, 3D.  Giving them quirks…maybe they bite their fingernails when nervous, or slide a charm along the chain of their necklace.  Or they alphabetize their spices, color code their sock drawer, use a certain word when stressed.  I like to give them everyday quirks that we have in real life, maybe some a bit exaggerated, but in the long run this will make them stand out on the pages to the reader.

Why you ask?

Because my hope when I’m writing is to bring the words and the people on the pages to life.  And you can really only do that if your characters come across as real, believable.  For that to happen they have to be just like us, flaws and all.  In the long run, it’ll make it easier then for the reader to feel what my characters feel, see what they see, smell what they smell.  I want the reader to care—I want them to like the characters so much they’d claim them as a friend, or better yet, a member of the family—or in the case of the villain, hate them and dread when they appear in the scene, but at the same time look forward to it so that they can study them to learn why they are who they are.

Now that you know how I go about giving my characters a bit of personality, are you curious as to how I come up with their physical description?

I think each writer has their own way of going about this too.  Some just pick features out of thin air—pert nose, freckles, square jaw, scar above their left eye, tall, short, curvy…the list goes on.  For me it depends.  I might leaf through a magazine, surf the web or even flick through the channels on the television until someone jumps out at me.  Sometimes I use bits and pieces, other times the complete picture.  Then there are those times that my characters are there in my mind, but fuzzy.  As the story grows and develops, so does their picture.

For instance, when I started writing Some Like it in Handcuffs, my hero Judson and my heroine Sunny were shadowy figures in my mind.  The only thing I knew was that Sunny was blonde and Judson was gorgeous…lol.  As I wrote and the story, plot and conflicts developed from my quickie outline, the fuzzy spots of their physical descriptions filled in.  🙂  But when I started writing the sequel, Some Like it on the Run, I pictured Sunny’s brother Derek long before I began an outline or plotted the story.  To me Derek Kennedy has all the best features of Gerard Butler (((YUM))).  Now another one of Sunny’s brothers (who will get his own book too) is a clone to Johnny Depp…(((BIGGER YUM))).  See how I can work it to my advantage…hehehehe?

But that doesn’t always mean that what I have in my minds eye and what I use to describe my characters is what the reader will see when they’re reading.  But in regards to my hero, as long as they get the hunk-factor…I’m happy 🙂

It makes writing a bit more interesting and now that you know my secret, I bet it’ll make your reading all the more thought provoking.

What about you other writers out there?  How do you come up with your character descriptions?

 

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