I’ve just finished my second book in The Guardians of Spirit Rock series, and it launches on 3/4. The third and fourth books are almost ready to go to the editor. I wanted to take a moment to reflect on writing this Paranormal Romance set of books.
I think what makes these stories so powerful is how I feel about my characters. Even though I created these characters, I’ve found I still need to be emotionally invested in what happens to them in order for my writing to shine. I want their experiences to ring true to my readers, and in order to do that, I need to really care about them. Do I have to love them all? No. I can hate them too. Strong emotional attachment allows the author to use the five senses, and if you write paranormal, a sixth sense, to convey what these characters are experiencing.
Dig deep. Allow yourself the time you need to experience what you’re writing. If something tragic happens to your character and you don’t cry a deeper emotional attachment is needed. If you translate that emotion into your writing, your reader will feel it too. Once you have that emotional attachment, take the time to choose your words wisely. Use active verbs, stay in the character’s POV, be careful not to head hop.
If you’d like to experience what I mean, check out The Guardians of Spirit Rock.
Available for Pre-Order now. Releasing 3/4/2016
Let me know what you think.
It is essential to love at least some of your characters. I’m currently finishing up the second book of a two-book series, and I know I’m going to miss mine.
Isn’t it funny. It’s like losing a relative. At least we can go back and read the books again.
Congrats, Kelly. Terrific news. To me, finishing a book is better than playing the lottery.