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Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Happy Anniversary Still Moments Publishing!

Are my characters real?


I just watched a movie called Stranger than Fiction. It’s an older film that was new to me. The remarkable revelation throughout became that there may be other authors out there that have the same relationship with their characters as I do.

Recently I was visiting with a friend and as I explained that as I was working through the last of the edits on my release Threat to our Forever from Still Moments Publishing and my characters simply didn’t want to change a scene. Her eyes widened and I could see her worry. Don’t get me wrong, she is a fan of my work and has read everything I’ve written but we had never really discussed the “process.” I think she had a bit of concern that I may be a touch crazy! LOL

Let’s talk about Threat to our Forever from Still Moments Publishing and the main characters Lilly and Sam Kendell. Originally, this book was longer but needed to be trimmed. Why or how do I determine that? I don’t. My characters do. Once they reveal themselves to me, I become a glorified note taker so to speak.

When I began to write TTOF I didn’t have a plot or an outline, I just began writing because the story floated around in my head. The more that flowed out, the more clearly I began to feel the emotions of my characters.

This brings me back to the movie Stranger than Fiction. The hero in the author’s book could hear a narrative of his life and knew how all the authors’ stories ended. He wanted to change the ending. He did that by showing up at her door and telling her who he was.

Believe it or not, Lilly and Sam Kendell did the same thing to me as do my other characters. It’s the process of trying to get real emotions and feelings down on the pages and bring them to life for my reader. When TTOF was finished with edits, I sat down and read it again. To my delight, Lilly and Sam were captured exactly how they wanted to be portrayed and the plot unfolded as they directed. I enjoyed the story and the characters and I think you will too! By the way, I’m not insane, just very devoted to my craft as many other authors are:)
Since we’re celebrating Still Moments Publishing’s first anniversary, grab a book by one of my fellow authors and let them know how you feel about their characters. I promise, your author will love you for it and write more just for you!!

Don't forget I love to get to know my readers so feel free to drop me a note here or email at EmEpe@clearwire.net

Lots of Love

Em

3 comments:

Krista said...

Great post Em and I love your blog, it's gorgeous!!! Can't wait for your new story to release!!! Have a great day!

Mackenzie Crowne said...

I love this post, Em. As I read it, smiling and nodding, I realized I never gave it a thought when I discussed my 'process of writing' with my friends. A process just like yours. Now I have to wonder what they are thinking as I'm discussing fictional characters like they are real. Then again, my friends have known all along I'm crazy.

Best of luck to you, and happy anniversary SMP!

Mac

sashagirl said...

Em,
don't worry...me and a lot of other writers "live" or "see" their characters in their minds and hearts. I'm always telling my readers that I never know the plot or the exact ending of a book at the beginning because my characters "take over" and tell me what to write. You're not crazy, you're a true writer. Warmly, author of 14 published novels and many short stories and a writer now for over 40 years, Kathryn Meyer Griffith P.s. I love the graphics on your blog. So beautiful. If you ever want or start using guest posts let me know as I have over 14 backstory essays on all my novels going back to 1984. Just email me at rdgriff@htc.net and I'll give you one or more of them...or answer and Q&A's. www.authorsden.com/kathrynmeyergriffith www.myspace.com/kathrynmeyergriffith