Monday, August 31, 2015

A Character with Character #Writing

A character's roots tells a lot about that character and I find that by going back on the family tree I can develop my characters and make them more real. My problem is even though I'm researching for my book either set in the west in the 1800's or in contemporary times, I have to delve into other countries and periods at times.

I remember my Social Studies classes and learning all about the "boiling pot" that makes up America. I know the only true American is the Native America who has been on this continent the longest though I've also read they came from another continent as well, long, long ago. My heritage is a "Heinz 57". My mother's side being predominately German and my Dad's side Dutch, Irish, English. So even to find my ancestral background I have to travel abroad. 

That is the fun part about coming up with characters, either seeing them in my mind or having a name pop into mind and the person coming to life as I dissect the name. What is the origin of the name, can I use that to discover more about the character's family, and where they came from?  How does their past make them who they are today?

Digging into what makes them who they are is first in mind before I give them blonde, brown, or red hair. Because even that may be part of their heritage. Also eye color and the tone of their skin.

I use baby name books to discover as much as I can about a name for a main character. Once I decide on the name and the heritage, I do some digging into that. When I am content the character is well-rounded in my mind and I have a general picture of them, I'll go looking for a photograph that resembles my character and put it in the file with all the notes and information about them. This is especially good when dealing with a series when characters reappearing in books.

Sometimes I'll discover a name I like, usually on grave markers in old cemeteries. Or I'll read a non-fiction historical book and I'll jot down the names that caught my eye. Then I'll go see what I can discover about that name if anything. Some appear to be male names feminized to be a name sake for a father or grandfather. 

 Names for my main characters are important to me. Have you ever read a book where the name didn't seem to fit the character?

Thursday, August 27, 2015

A True Retreat

I was fortunate enough to be able to tag-a-long on a writer's retreat on the Oregon Coast. The house we are staying is is owned by the Oregon Writer's Colony. It is a 1930 log house that was built by John Stiener. The family was renown in their time for their log cabins.



They have unique door handles that look like roots, wooden latches, and arched windows on the doors. The hinges are large and ornate.





The wide planks used for the walls, floors and ceilings have knots and give the place added character.

I've been enjoying my stay, writing 4,000 words then taking a walk on the beach and coming back in and writing some more.

Two of the writers with me have met their goals and are starting new projects. I had hoped to have this story farther along by now, but it is coming and I'm on the downhill side of it.




Friday, August 21, 2015

Western Authors Donate

The fifteen authors in the Rawhide 'N Roses  Western Anthology, that is up for a Rone Award, are donating all proceeds from the sale of the book to The Black Hills Wild Horse Sanctuary

Blurbs for the Rawhide 'N Roses Anthology:


ALISON BRUCE - GOLD MOUNTAIN

There's more than one way to mine for gold, as May Travers well knows, and Marshal Ben Jessup is about to find out.

CELIA YEARY – A GENTLE TOUCH

Adam Taylor tames mustangs with a gentle touch, but would the same method calm a frightened abused woman?

SIMONE BEAUDELAIRE – A MIDNIGHT CLEAR

A lonely widow finds a new opportunity for love during an icy Christmas in modern-day Wyoming.

CAROLINE CLEMMONS – HOUSTON McCLINTOCK

Prequel to THE TEXAN’S IRISH BRIDE

Houston McClintock is on his way home when an attack by vicious robbers redirects his life onto a surprising path to love and fulfilment.

CHARLENE RADDON – MARRYING JENNA

Branch McCauley and Jenna Leigh-Whittington's wedding day arrives at last, so why is Jenna riding hell-bent out of town wearing her wedding dress and a gun belt? Something's up, and it doesn't look good. Will the wedding ever take place?

RAIN TRUEAX – CONNIE’S GIFT

The gift of second sight, which Connie no longer believes she possesses, becomes a deadly threat to her and the man she loves.

CHAD STRONG – STABLE HANDS, STABLE HEARTS

When 17yr old Scott thinks he spots the girl of his dreams, will his feelings for her distract him from winning?

MARGARET TANNER – GUNSLINGER’S ANGEL

Gunslinger Cal Devereaux is saved by an angel, but is she a heavenly creature or a warm blooded woman?

SUSAN HORSNELL – PETTICOAT PATROL

When a man has no son, he calls on his daughters to help protect his ranch.

CAROL A. SPRADLING – WHEN LOVE ARRIVES

A stowaway's past and future collide on the Santa Fe Trail.

PATY JAGER – BLUFFING THE MARSHAL

Nellie Preston not only wants to keep her brother from hanging, she wants to become the marshal’s wife.

LYN HORNER – THE LAWMAN’S LADY

A prickly schoolmarm sets a handsome lawman’s teeth on edge until the day he starts to wonder what she’d look like without her specs and with her hair down.

PEGGY L HENDERSON – YELLOWSTONE PROPOSAL

(Yellowstone Romance Series short story)

Willing to face dangers only told in legends, Evan risks everything to find the woman who captured his heart.

JACQUIE ROGERS – MUCH ADO ABOUT MISFIRES

A short-short story in the Hearts of Owyhee series

A cowboy on rollerskates and an old flame with a new beau—can Reuben lasso the woman he loves?

CHERI KAY CLIFTON – DESTINY’S KISS

She gave up life in the present to find her destiny in the past.



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Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Children's Book for Cancer

After seeing a toy she desperately wants, Angela begs her father to get 
it for her. When her father tells her that she must find a way to earn 
the money to buy it herself, Angela comes up with a plan: she and her 
daddy will put together a lemonade stand for all the thirsty people on 
the hot summer day in her neighborhood. However, things don't end the 
way she thought they would—with her having a brand new toy.

Lemonade for You is a story about love, sickness, charity, being a 

child, and caring about others. It's sweet, charming, and educational.

Authors Facebook page:
 
Part of proceeds goes to Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation, an organization founded by a kid to help children with cancer! http://www.alexslemonade.org/