This week, blogger Stevie Turner asks us writers what types of characters we like to read and create. I prefer characters who are down to earth and easy to understand. I also try to develop my characters as the book progresses.
Take, for example, Eve, the main character in my latest, The Red Dress. She’s a best-selling author with a husband and three kids. As the book opens, she’s spending more time with her writing and not always paying attention to her family. Laundry often falls by the wayside, and most of the meals she prepares are ready-made.
As the book progresses, Eve is forced to face her past after receiving a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and meeting her former best friend from high school by chance. She then realizes that her family is just as important as her work and that she needs to create more of a balance. In the following excerpt, she explains to her old friend how she is evolving.
“What’s this? Miss Independence let you make her lunch!” said Adele with a smirk after the teens had departed.
Eve laughed. “I beat her to it. Greg and I got up and went for a run together, something we hadn’t done in what seems like a long time. When we got back, while Greg was frying eggs, I made the sandwiches and put them in the fridge so they’d be all ready to go. I half expected Julie to be mad, but she surprised me by giving me a hug and thanking me.”
“I’m planning to make Jan’s meatloaf recipe tonight. Everyone loved it when I made it before. Jan gave me a couple of other recipes I’m going to try.”
“You’re becoming quite the chef, aren’t you?”
Eve sighed. “Lately, I’ve been too busy writing and marketing my books, and I haven’t been paying a lot of attention to my family. That’s about to change.”
“You just finished a book. Won’t that be a problem when you start your next one?”
“Not if I don’t make it one,” said Eve. “I just need to establish some priorities. My agent and publisher aren’t too demanding. As long as I can produce a book a year, they’re happy.”
So, where does this conversation take place? Who are the departing teens, and where are they going? Is Adelle the former best friend from high school, and what ruined their friendship? Why would Julie be mad at her mother for making her a peanut butter sandwich? Who’s Jan? Read The Red Dress and find out.
By the way, for those of you who use the National Library Services for the Blind and Print Disabled, my latest book, The Red Dress, is available for download from their site here. Thank you for reading.
Copyright July 2019 by DLD Books
When Eve went to her high school senior prom, she wore a red dress that her mother had made for her. That night, after dancing with the boy of her dreams, she caught him in the act with her best friend. Months later, Eve, a freshman in college, is bullied into giving the dress to her roommate. After her mother finds out, their relationship is never the same again.
Twenty-five years later, Eve, a bestselling author, is happily married with three children. Although her mother suffers from dementia, she still remembers, and Eve still harbors the guilt for giving the dress away. When she receives a Facebook friend request from her old college roommate and an invitation to her twenty-five-year high school class reunion, then meets her former best friend by chance, she must confront the past in order to face the future.