A few days late, since some other posts nagged at me… but hey, life happens. Here’s the end of the meme!
Anyway, yes, in theory, I draw my characters a lot, but in practice, I’m never happy and never finish. Because of this, I spend outrageous amounts of money on commissioning other artists to draw my characters. I revel in this.
One of my absolute favorites is the drawing Niccolo Balce did of Roy and Nina, my MCs for the YA novel I started this year. It’s beautifully drawn, captures the characters well, and look! It’s even got the Perry Private Academy sign in the background!
27. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters.
A big role, as in, do I mention them? Absolutely, and probably more than I ought to. I suspect it has to do with the artist thing. I’m very focused on visuals.
A big role as in, in the plot? I guess Lillian’s burn scars count, but what caused them is more important than the scars themselves.
As far as designing my characters goes, I usually have a basic appearance in mind. Then I get onto GettyImages.com, fill in some traits (usually some combination of gender, age, ethnicity, hairstyle/color and expression), and search the results for models that make me go “yes! That’s HER!”
I get such a thrill when I recognize my character in some unknown model. It’s wonderful.
Often, though, certain details just randomly come to me. I’m also starting to keep a list of certain visual traits that I may tack onto characters later on.
28. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there’s nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.
Yes, several. Emily from Wielders has severe PTSD; the MC from my short “Dependency” has epilepsy; an injury Merel sustains in Fae Print will last her throughout the rest of the series; Cally has a wide assortment of (undiagnosed) mental problems; her sister Viola walked with a cane due to a knee injury (she might not count, since she dies at the very start); Roy from Heirs is deaf and probably has some amount of PTSD; his mother uses a wheelchair; one of his love interests, Amy, is Deaf…
I could go on with characters from as-of-yet unwritten novels, but, ah, then we’d be here for a while yet. So let’s stick to this!
29. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?
I suspect this question made most of you laugh out loud. For good reason. Moving on.
(And in case you really need answers — constantly and DUH, respectively.)
30. Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his/her characters!
Oh man, I hate tagging people. I always feel like I’m picking favorites of some sort! But let’s see – I think I tag Beth Cato. I’ve followed her LiveJournal for a while now and I will never cease to be amazed by how diligent a writer she is; I’ve lost count of how often she’s rewritten her novel Normal, and I’ve given up on even being surprised when she finishes yet another short story or poem.
May I clone your work ethic, Beth?