#GuestPost: Creating Characters—The Hidden Side Of Winter Wolf By R. J. Blain
Please Note: The review will be posted later on today.
The heart and soul of any novel are the characters. Characters are why people read, and each and every time I go to put the pen to paper, I find myself worrying about the people I want to create. It’s hard trying to make characters readers will identify with; I’m a singular individual, and my experiences define who I am.
When working on Winter Wolf, I had to write outside of my comfortable little box; the characters come from all walks of life, and most of them have nothing in common with how I was raised. Because of this, I had to talk with a lot of people who experienced things much closer to my characters. It was eye opening, as I learned about those who lived such different lives from me.
That’s one thing I find so interesting about being a writer. My characters are not aspects of me. They are people who are far different than I could ever be… and that makes me enjoy creating them. I’m not interested in relaying the experiences of my life. I want to experience new things through my characters. I want to ask questions I hadn’t asked before. I enjoy the challenge of trying to figure out how someone would behave with such different personality traits from my own.
Of course, little bits of me end up in my writing somewhere—usually in the form of things I find interesting. I like certain types of sports cars. I also enjoy admiring gemstones and geology. I’m not a big fan of movies or television, which made Winter Wolf a huge challenge for me. I’m not even that much into music, though I do enjoy playing some instruments and singing along to the songs I do like!
Sometimes a character will have a profession I never quite managed to obtain for myself, but more often than not, there are very few similarities to me.
I like to think that this desire to create interesting, different people really helps me write deeper stories. These people, albeit works of fiction, fascinate me because they’re so different from who I am and who I personally want to be.
While Winter Wolf started as my contagious-disease story, it ultimately became a study of people, their interactions with the world, and how far a person is willing to go to save a friend or family member.
I really hope you enjoy meeting these people as much as I have enjoyed creating them.
The Hunted Wizard
When Nicole dabbled in the occult, she lost it all: Her voice, her family, and her name. Now on the run from the Inquisition, she must prove to herself—and the world—that not all wizards are too dangerous to let live.
The savage murder of a bookstore employee throws Nicole into the middle of Inquisition business, like it or not. Driven by her inability to save the young man’s life, she decides to hunt the killer on her own. Using forbidden magic to investigate the past, she learns that the murderer is in fact a disease that could kill the entire werewolf race.
Forced to choose between saving lives and preserving her own, Nicole embraces the magic that sent her into exile. Without werewolves, the power of the Inquisition would dwindle, and she could live without being hunted.
Nicole’s only hope for success lies in the hands of the werewolves she hates and the Inquisition she fears, but finding someone to trust is only the beginning of her problems. There are those who want to ensure that the werewolves go extinct and that the Inquisition falls.
But, if she fails to find a cure, her family—including her twin sister—will perish…
About The Author:
RJ Blain suffers from a Moleskine journal obsession, a pen fixation, and a terrible tendency to pun without warning.
When she isn’t playing pretend, she likes to think she’s a cartographer and a sumi-e painter. In reality, she herds cats and a husband. She is currently on a quest for a new warrior fish.
In her spare time, she daydreams about being a spy. Should that fail, her contingency plan involves tying her best of enemies to spinning wheels and quoting James Bond villains until she is satisfied.
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RJ’s Favorite Books & Series in no particular order:
Anne McCaffrey’s Pern
Mercedes Lackey’s Valdemar & Gryphon Series
Jim Butcher’s Codex Alera & The Dresden Files
Brandon Sanderson’s Elantris
Patricia Briggs’ Alpha and Omega, Dragon Bones, & The Mercy Thompson series
Madeline L’Engle’s A Wrinkle in Time