The characters in EVERLASTING are some of my favorites, so I hope you enjoy reading this final installment of Ever and Damen’s journey. And, speaking of characters, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share a few FUN ideas to help develop the characters in your own novel.
1. Live a day in the life of your character
Spend some time imagining what your character’s day-to-day life is like. Eat at her favorite restaurant. Blast her favorite tunes in your car. Shop at her favorite stores. Imagine how she would redecorate her room. If you can’t do everything your character does, cut out pictures from magazines or bookmark photos online that remind you of your character.
Here’s a collage I created for the protagonist in my YA mystery—Emma England, a seventeen-year-old aspiring fashion editor. This is a sample outfit for the opening scene, a Gossip Girl-style party (complete with designer dresses, cute boys and more!) at her private high school in Orange County, CA.
2. Interview your character
Character interviews are a great way to get in touch with the psychology and inner workings of your characters. Alyson Noël was kind enough to share this sample interview with Riley Bloom (Ever’s ghostly little sister in The Immortals Series). I instantly adored Riley’s character from the moment I picked up EVERMORE. She’s spunky, sassy and can instantaneously change her wardrobe and makeup anytime she wants just by imaging how she wants to look (every girl’s dream come true!). I can’t wait to read WHISPER, the fourth book in Riley’s series, which will hit stores April 24!
1. If you were granted three wishes, what would you ask for?
It’s funny you should ask about wishes, when I was in ancient Rome (WHISPER 04.24.12) I got everything I’d ever hoped for—only it didn’t turn out quite like I’d thought. So now I save my wishes for the kinds of things that always feel just out of reach: the end of human suffering, a healthy, thriving planet, and for people on earth to someday realize just how connected they are to each other, so they can replace war with kindness.
2. What three things would you take with you to a deserted island?
Trust me, there’s no such thing as a deserted island. What most people don’t realize is that ghosts can be found just about anywhere! Which is why I would be sure to take Buttercup, Bodhi, and my new friend, Dacian—together, we can cross over even the most malevolent spirit!
3. Is there anything you've always wanted to do but haven't done?
Being dead at 12 robbed me of a lot of experiences . . . or at least that’s what I thought before I realized there was a whole other magickal life awaiting me in the Here & Now. After learning to fly, and being lucky enough to travel the world on super-exciting soul catching assignments, my main goals now are to rid the world of ghosts, and glow brighter and brighter—I’m pretty ambitious!
4. If you were an ice cream flavor, what would you be?
Pistachio. Partly because of its awesome, sweet nutty flavor—and partly because it matches the color I currently glow!
Who are your favorite fictional characters? What tips and techniques do you use to create your characters?
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