The Wife of a Lesser Man by Sandy Appleyard
ISBN: 9781482794830 (paperback)
ASIN: B00BZAVEE0 (Kindle edition)
Publication Date: April 15, 2013
They were deeply in love, their days and nights filled with scintillating romance and passionate love making—even after 20 years of marriage. Then fate delivered a hammer blow when a heart attack led to Mark’s impotency and Shelley’s unbearable frustration.
Encouraged by a friend, Shelley becomes flirtatious and unfaithful, finding those moments of glorious intimacy for which she hungered with another man. Mark, a police chief, suspects nothing as he channels all his time and energy into tracking down a serial killer. But when the murderer leaves a terrifying final clue too close to home, only Shelley can solve the case.
The Book Diva’s Reads is pleased to host a visit by author Sandy Appleyard. Ms. Appleyard offers great advice on creating realistic characters, so writers and would-be writers take note.
How do you Create Powerful, Realistic and Interesting Characters?
- Imagine what real people would say to each other. It sounds like a no-brainer, right? It isn’t. You almost have to picture in your mind two or more people having a conversation, and pick out which parts your characters would exchange.
- Focus on one thing at a time; be sure not to add too much background information; you can add tidbits of necessary facts within the dialogue as needed.
- Have different personality types and multi-dimensional characters. Do you enjoy being in the company of someone dry, boring, unemotional and completely predictable? Then you wouldn’t enjoy reading about a character like that, right? I make sure all my characters have different facets within their personality. What makes a story particularly interesting for me is when a character is one that we love to hate.
- Keep in mind when creating your dialogue what the purpose of your scene is. In the first draft of my first romantic mystery, I created a bunch of scenes that had no point. The dialogue was great (and maybe that was what I needed-to practice creating great dialogue), but none of the scenes had a purpose.
- If you don’t know how to create the scene or what dialogue to use, just brainstorm and add notes at the end of the scene reminding you what the true purpose is. Come back to it later so you can keep your work flowing.
- Always remember you can edit. This is the most important point. Don’t try to make a scene or excerpt of dialogue perfect the first time, especially if it’s an important or difficult scene. In my experience it’s usually the second or third pass through different scenes that make them perfect or even better than what I had initially intended.
- Be consistent but also show growth. Real people don’t like change and change takes time. The same should hold true for characters. If your character is going through transition, make sure it’s a slow and clear process. Don’t have them trying to quit smoking in one scene and in the next scene they appear smoke-free.
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