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Why authors ♡ their characters – by Rebecca McCray

One of the wonderful authors I’ve met and had the privilege of working with on the Awethology is the fantasy author Rebecca McCray. She is right – it is definitely difficult to pick one as a favourite character, but I am glad she tried.

A Character I Love…. – by Rebecca McCray

When Anita asked me to pick one character, I knew I would struggle. I love all of my characters for various reasons. There’s Tip, the comic underdog. Natal impresses as the likeable bad guy. Then, of course, there’s Prizene, the stereotypical beauty queen that wants nothing to do with the stereotype.

For me, Kenrya from the Undergrounders stands out. You meet her in chapter one as she debates whether to let another sixteen-year-old be killed by those hunting him. Her self-preservation instinct overrides her compassion. She’s a survivor, haunted by her past.

Throughout the Journey of the Marked, Kenrya frequently reacts with anger or frustration. She dismisses weaker companions as unimportant. Her irritation with these individuals nearly costs her life, yet she struggles to trust. And then, of course, there’s the smell….

So, why would she be a loved character?

She’s resilient and a fighter. An abusive childhood shaped her. Despite not being able to shake that past, she sought refuge among an admirable group and contributed to their cause. She learns from her past. For example, when she encountered a traumatic situation, she sought education to prevent it from happening again. 

I admire her strength, her ability to overcome adversity, and her unwavering confidence in herself. She’s not unlike some of the strong women I’ve known in my lifetime and I respect her for that. 

As the series progresses, I look forward to watching her evolve.

(Beautiful fan art)

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Why authors ♡ their characters by LE Fitzpatrick

The Reacher Series by LE Fitzpatrick is a splendid mix of thriller, dystopia and paranormal. Having relished the teaser short story Safe Haven and the first book in the series, The Running Game, I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Border Lines. Delighted LE joined this February blog series with her favourite character from the Reacher novels.

Introducing James Roxton – L E Fitzpatrick

From The Reacher Series

The afternoon daylight whipped at Roxy’s eyes. His tuxedo was scarred with debauchery and torn at the sleeve. He scratched at his mop of yellow hair and scanned the bleary faces around him. Despite the hangover, the vomit stains over his trousers, and his missing socks, it had been a very profitable night. He was poor of pocket but rich with information. He fished out a packet of liquorice cigarettes and ran one under his nose. Breakfast; the most important smoke of the day.

He checked his phone as he meandered down the street, looking for an update from his beloved mother as she recovered in hospital. The burns to her arms and legs weren’t as bad as some of her girls, but broken pride was difficult to mend. She’d left him just one message, some filth about one of her doctors. Roxy sent a quick text back, telling her he was close.

[The Running Game – Book 1 Reacher Series]

James “Roxy” Roxton is the outcast of the series. He’s a character wedged between the bad and the worse, double-crossing wherever he can. When he first appears in The Running Game he’s hunting down the arsonist that targeted his mother’s club, but his search sees him running into old allies, allies he could betray for a bigger prize. A notorious gambler, Roxy can’t deny his temptation – but this time the stakes are too high.

In contrast to the other character in the series, many of which are broken and burdened, Roxy is a carefree concoction of lovable rogue and despicable villain. He’s the morning hit of caffeine after a rough night. The winning hand with an extra ace up his sleeve. And I can’t wait to show you what happens to him.

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Why authors ♡ their characters – by Karina Kantas

Karina Kantas is not just an author, but also a book promoter. Combining her own creativity and the desire to help other authors, she has quickly become a well-known person in the indie community. She has prepared the following post for this blog series. Read about her favourite character.


Why I love Thya –by Karina Kantas

ILLUSIONAL REALITY YA ROMANTIC FANTASY

Thya is my ego. She’s everything I strive to be. She strong, loving, loyal and very powerful. She also stubborn, selfish, and very dangerous. She’s taken from her home and then told her whole life was a lie. She’s thrown into a role that she doesn’t want or deserve and then told her wedding had been planned.

1) Becky, back before, when you were a marketing exec, did you feel like there was something off with your world? 

Nay, we partake in war, murders there are many strange and evil people.  Regrettably, this is the norm. I had not notion that Tsinia existed. I was adopted and I loved my adopted parents greatly and I did not search for my birth mother. 

Now I know I would never have located her.

2)   When Salco rescued you, what was your first reaction to him? 

*smiles* 

Salco has a gentle temperate as do most of my kinsmen. He has intelligent eyes. I did not deliberate. I was frightened and this stranger was prepared to aid me. I trusted him wholeheartedly. 

3)  The people of your land are trying to forget the destruction at bay. What types of things did they do to feed this delusion to themselves? 

They knew that conclusion was close but they had not sadness or fear as the prophesy spoke of a Ganty that would deliver and save them. 

*shakes head*

4)  When you learned that you were to be betrothed to Darthorn’s son, how did it make you feel? This is on the surface, before you knew everything. 

*laughs sarcastically* 

Ha! How would you have reacted? I was just informed of who I was, where I originated and how superior my parents were. I did not retain knowledge of this Kovon & Darthorn and the Darkeye. Yet to be told that my future had been mapped out and I was to wed Kovon, was enough. Not one will ever command me.

5)  Why is the counsel of Tsinia so certain that a union between you and Kovon will create peace?

The Tsinians have existed by the codes and Oracles so when my coming was prophesied, they were uncertain how I would aid them. So, it was the council that formed the absurd contract with Darthorn. They were convinced this was the true path.

6)  Do you ever miss being plain old marketing exec Becky? If so, what you miss about it 

Life was simple, worries and stress were naught compared to my reality. What I miss the most is the laughter of children. 

*head bows down to the floor*

7)  We all tell little white lies. What’s the best (or worst) little white lie you told? 😎 

*Head comes up, big smile * 

Too many on earth. 

*looks sad again*

If you are hiding the truth from someone so it will not hurt them and remove their faith, is that a black or a white lie? That is the lie that will remain a secret.

8)  Let’s be girls and talk clothes for minutes. Which outfit do you prefer: Becky the professional, or Becky from the magical world, the fiancée of Kovon? 

*Thya splutters in her water glass and coughs*

Fiancé to Kovon! 

*mysterious wind blows here hair*

I was never his fiancé and I command you not to mention his name again or this interview will be concluded. 

*becomes relaxed again and breathes deeply * 

Yes. I prefer the garments in Tsinia. They are cool, flowing and elegant. The Tsinians dress in basic sensible but somewhat dull attire, save there is a feast or celebration then you will see my Kinsmen in their finery.

9)  In your magical world, your “real” world, do you have an official title? 

My title is Princess Thya, ruler of Tsinia, guardian of the changelings. My kinsmen address me as Lady or Thya.

10)  So, I understand that there is a mystery man who you have a certain… fondness for. Without giving too much away, can you tell us what you find attractive in him?

Where do you get your information from? Although tis not a secret 

* tears well in eyes* 

He is kind, with haunting blue eyes and his smile so tender and sweet. He understood me more than any other. He was commanding and bossy at times but all with good reason. We will conclude. Pardon, do you have a tissue?

Karina Kantas originates from the UK but has lived in Greece for most of her life. She is an author of 8 mix genre titles including the MC thriller series, OUTLAW, and the high rated fantasy, ILLUSIONAL REALITY. She also runs KKantas AuthorAssist, affordable author services for indie authors and is the host of a radio show on Artist First Radio Network.

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Why authors ♡ their characters – by Stewart Bint

Stewart Bint is an amazing author I’ve had the pleasure of meeting in the Awethors group. This man of many talents and a truly kind person, shares with you today his favourite character.


WHY I LOVE ABIGAIL CARTER – by Stewart Bint

I’ve made an unusual choice with featuring this character, Abigail Carter, who I particularly like from my most recent novel, The Jigsaw And The Fan.

Why unusual? Because apart from just one three-page scene of her own towards the end of the book, she is only mentioned two or three times in passing. 

But I hope with what we see and hear through Abigail in this one scene shows readers the true nature and character of her dead husband – our hero, Albert Carter. Until this point Albert’s antics could definitely polarise opinion…you either support him or violently disagree with him; there’s no real middle ground. And that is why I love Abigail so much.

It’s amazing how things work out, isn’t it? This scene wasn’t in the original manuscript, and my publisher’s editor said she wanted to know a little more about Abigail. As her role had only been in passing and in flashbacks until then, I wrote Abigail’s three pages as an epilogue. But my editor said no. She absolutely loved the final line of the manuscript, which everyone tells me is an absolute stunner, and she told me to include the scene earlier on.

I felt that with a little rewriting the episode could really pave the way for what happens when Albert meets his final destiny. And do you know what? I believe it really works in that way. I hope everyone reading the pages where Saint Christopher passes judgement on Albert will relate back to Abigail’s scene in the cemetery, and see why the story ends in the way it does. 

So I’m hoping that thanks to Abigail, all readers will finish with the same opinion of Albert.  

Let’s take a look now at our last glimpse of Abigail in The Jigsaw And The Fan:    

And as Abigail turned away from the grave, her vision blurred.

She blamed the shaft of sunlight slanting through the branches of the ancient Yew tree. But in reality it was the tear which paused in her eye before trickling its way slowly down her cheek.

She looked back over her shoulder, one last glance at the grave.

“Goodbye love, God bless.”         

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Why authors ♡ their characters – by Marcia Weber Martins

Marcia Weber is a lady of many talents, one of which is a knack for romance writing. Her Brazilian origin blends with her life in Germany, making her a multilingual author. Here is a post her reader fans will love – why she loves her character.

Why I Love Mary?

   I love Mary Walker because she was the first character I created. She has the same values I have and she is also romantic.

  Mary walker is a charismatic girl from San Francisco, who is on her way of becoming a defense lawyer. Mary values family bonds and friendship.

  She has a lovely family and has a special bond with her brother Mark, who has the tendency of overprotecting her. 

  I love the way Mary and Mark get along. I’m an only child and sure I would like to have a brother like Mark.

  Mary is somewhat naïve and because of that she was taken advantage in a frightening way.

  Mary, as any girl of her age, dreamed of a “happy ever after”.  She met Robert, who was a nice and romantic guy. She falls in love with him.  But he wasn’t the man she thought he was but a creep. She didn’t notice that she was in a controlling and abusive relationship until it was too late. To make things worse, she was kidnapped.

 Thanks to her family, she recovered from this traumatic event and has her life back.

  She avoids the date scene and focus on her studies. She was betrayed by the person she trusted and loved. She had her dreams destroyed and she doesn’t believe in love anymore.

  I love Mary because she is a fighter. She keeps her life going despite all she went thru.  She found the strength to overcome her fears and learnt to trust and love again.

  She is a sympathetic character and we cannot help but feel for her and identify with her struggles.

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Why authors ♡ their characters – by Anita Kovacevic

The Threshold is definitely not a romantic story. It blends reality TV, horror, urban legend and old-style literature; at least that’s what I’ve been told. Despite the eerie role of the threshold in the story, and the villains dominating it, there is a lady in that story who I really love. She only appears in the last two parts, and yet she is one of those characters who you can never quite peg for a side character, or a leading one. Still, Sally Jenkins links the entire story together. She is the reality.

Why I love Sally Jenkins?

Let me introduce her with an excerpt…

“Sally Jenkins was a 32-year-old divorced mum and ambitious producer. She didn’t mind being divorced at all. She had entered her marriage too immature, a complete mess of a person, a work in progress. During the marriage, she felt like moist washing powder tossed carelessly into the washing machine shaft, and sucked into the fast and noisy tumble-dryer. By the end of the marriage, she felt like leftover traces of that powder mash, splattered undissolved all over clothes like a proper nuisance, not really having done what it was supposed to have done, but still sort of there. Her 6-year-old son was her only secret treasure, bounced around on the rollercoaster of her love, her own mum’s care, the kindergarten and the occasional glimpses of the boy’s father, her distant ex-husband, passing through town. She had been working as a producer for a couple of years, but this reality show was her first really big break. Providing ratings were good, Sally was promised a nice bonus and even a considerable steady raise, and it would be so nice not to have to blush in the principal’s office because her ex failed to pay another monthly fee for their son’s preschool.”
Sally, unlike many characters in the story, knows pride and vanity, including her own, but they do not drive her. She respects authority, but without blind adoration. There is no ambition in her, no greed or hunger, although the dreams are still there. Her driving force, which turns her into a compromising survivor, are her motherly instincts. Both feet on the ground, she knows what she wants for her son, but still knows right from wrong. Still young, but touched by bitterness of disappointment and disillusion, she steers through life as best she can, biding her time and not giving in.

I would love to see what happens to her next, and I’d love to see her happy, not just surviving. I can envision her tender moments with her son, and I know he makes her laugh with his sense of humour and endless questions. I’d love to see her chat with Mrs Poole, the quaint old lady from the first part. That would indeed be an interesting conversation! 

Sally is one of the few people who I don’t want to cross the threshold – she has seen herself through thick and thin, and suffered enough. But she’s too smart for that, my Sally is. She has no desire to cross it, to prove anything to anyone, to conquer the demons. She’s lived with her own demons long enough to know how to respect them.

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Why authors ♡ their characters? -by Jean Gill

Jean Gill is one of those authors who still hasn’t written something I’d even remotely be able to dislike. She weaves such wonderful stories, be it contemporary or historical fiction, that I cannot help but admire her. It is indeed a rare pleasure to have such a guest on my blog. If you read her books, I have no doubt you will fall in love with her characters. Even she has.

Why I love Dragonetz – by Jean Gill

When Dragonetz asks Estela, ‘Do you want to learn or to be a table decoration?’ he starts a master-student relationship based on their shared talent as troubadours, but their music lessons sizzle with the attraction they try to fight. Dragonetz is a master troubadour and a master swordsman, a born leader who has honed his talents through experience and hard work, but who is afraid of his own effect on others. 

Like his Damascene sword, Dragonetz was forged in the Holy Land. In the disastrous Second Crusade, he was Commander and troubadour to Eleanor of Aquitaine, and his idealism died in the war although he did not. Racked by guilt, he tries to keep others at a distance, for their own sake. 

And then he forgets, driven by his own passions; for the invention of a watermill, for a crazy tournament against a Viking Prince, for a woman.

Like Estela, I am fascinated by this complex man and I want to keep up with him, be his partner in song and in love. Like the men who ride with him, I would follow him without question. He is that rare being; a charismatic leader who never loses his sense of responsibility, his quest for what is right and honourable. He lied to himself. His idealism never died; he just learned to hide it.

I have lived with Dragonetz in the 12th century for the last ten years, and, believe me, history really never has been more exciting! I have now written half of the fourth and last book of The Troubadours Quartet and it will be as difficult to leave Dragonetz as if I were his lover, parting after a song at dawn. I will always love ‘my knight’ the best.
Know that whereso’er I wander

Never shall I find true rest

Without the circle of your kisses

And may you love your Night the best.

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Why authors ♡ their characters – by Elizabeth H. Newton

One of my absolute favourites among indie authors is Elizabeth Horton Newton. Not only is this lady a generous promoter of other authors and socially relevant issues, but I absolutely love everything she writes. She manages to blend chilling thriller with sizzling romance, and everyday events with shocking underlying developments, and makes you feel as if you are witnessing the events, not just reading them. Today Elizabeth takes a different view of the topic and explains why she loves her characters.

The Men I Love, The Women I Admire – by E. H. Norton

As an author I spend a significant amount of time creating my characters. I want my characters to be as real to me as I hope they will be to my readers. Of course I want my characters to relate to one another as well, whether positively or negatively.

I think I have fallen in love with the main male characters in my full length books. Bill Horton in “View From the Sixth Floor: An Oswald Tale” is an older gentleman; a neighbor who guards his privacy jealously. But he responds to Olivia Roberts. There is something exciting about cracking the exterior of a man who wants to remain aloof, but through a set of circumstances allows himself to become intimately involved with the widow next door.  He is protective, caring, mysterious, and, for an older man, he is sexy. In addition he comes to rely on Olivia, giving him an aura of fragility that would bring out the “mother” in any woman. 

In many ways, Kort Eriksen is a lot like Bill; a tragic outsider. Returning from prison to a town that has judged him guilty simply because he is “different”, he is as isolated as Bill. When he meets Grace Donahue he almost immediately sets the tone for their relationship; he offers a ride during a bad rainstorm. His protective personality is evident throughout the story. In spite of this, he has a vulnerable side which gives rise to Grace’s motherly instincts. He has all the qualities Bill has. He is protective, caring, mysterious, and very sexy. 

But it’s Jesse Wolf Carver in “Carved Wooden Heart” who completely captures my heart. Larger than life, creative and cocky, he exudes a self confidence that belies the damaged man beneath the surface. Even when other dynamic males enter the story, Jesse’s character overshadows them. He is always there even when he is not present physically. Dani Stone can neither resist his charm nor forget the emotions he unleashes in her. As the story progresses I hope the reader gets the feeling she is constantly looking back to her passionate love affair with Jesse. Jesse is definitely the male character I would fall for in a heartbeat.

All my central female characters display an inner strength that comes to the forefront when situations require it. They are feminine, kind, and independent while still exhibiting a charming vulnerability. But as I said, when they have to be tough they step up to the plate with both barrels loaded. I admire Olivia Roberts more than any other. She has grown up as a sweet southern lady, cared for by a loving husband. She raised her sons and has lived in the same house in the same town for most of her life. Always available to lend a hand to a friend, when her husband passes away she draws on all her reserves and learns to be a single woman. As the story progresses she finds an amazing strength within; following her curiosity, her hunger for truth, her concern for her friends, and eventually her heart. Once the courageous part of her is unleashed there is no turning back. Olivia is able to face the toughest dragons and even if she doesn’t slay them all she certainly wounds them severely. 

So there you have it; the men I love and the women I admire. They all have something in common. Male or female, they are able to overcome difficult situations by drawing on hidden strengths. They fight off killers, tormentors, liars, and even the government. From young girls to elderly men, they are determined and gutsy. What’s not to love?

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Why authors ♡ their characters – by Traci Sanders

Traci Sanders is one of those women who are forces to be reckoned with. A mother, daycare provider, owner of the Readers Review Room, soccer coach and multigenre author, and I bet those who know her would add plenty to this list. Here is her view on why authors love their characters.

Before I get into my guest post about Why we love our characters, I want to take a moment and thank Ms. Anita Kovacevic for inviting me to share on her blog, not only today but numerous times in my writing career thus far. She is truly a one-of-a-kind person who I’m proud to call my friend. 

If you haven’t checked out her books  you are missing out! She’s a gifted writer who pours her heart and soul into everything she writes. Otherwise, she doesn’t write it. That’s what I love most about her.
On to my post: Why do we love our characters? 

The answer is simple: because they have the potential to be everything we aren’t.

I’ve known for a long time that I pour a bit of myself in to ever character I create, only, not just the good parts of me. Sometimes, the sad or disturbed pieces of my soul seep into my writing, often without my awareness or consent. 

I feel strongly that many authors do the same, as I said, sometimes unknowingly.

We create women who are strong-minded and speak out for what they believe in or feel. We create men who have ripped bodies and chiseled jawlines. Sometimes the inner child in us creeps into the children’s books or chapter books we write. Qualities of our relationships sneak into our dialogues, our backstories.

People are much braver when they write, more honest in how they feel, similar to being drunk or taking drugs. Our inhibitions can disappear when we can hide behind a pen or typewriter. 

The only problem with this is: we become exposed when we are honest, with ourselves and others, through our writing. This is one reason many writers never become authors, never hit publish for that book, or send for that email. They are too afraid of exposing their thoughts, ideas, and dreams. They are afraid people will laugh at them or tell them they’ll never amount to what they desire to become.

In summation, we love our characters because, as authors, we’re allowed to live vicariously through them. 

Who among us has never wished to live someone else’s life? 

If you’d like to check out some of my characters, visit my Amazon author page.

Special thanks, again, to Anita for inviting me to share my thoughts and ideas on this topic here today. Now, I have to go hide; I feel so exposed. (smile)

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Why authors ♡ their characters – by Deb McEwan

A prolific multigenre author, Deb McEwan, is here to share with us why she loves her character Michelle. Thank you for participating in this series, Deb!

Why I like Michelle – by Deb McEwan

I joined the British Army (the Women’s Royal Army Corps) in 1979 and left (the Adjutant General’s Corps) in 2013. 

In 1979 sexism was still rife and most women were non-combatant. Out of uniform, fashions were dodgy to say the least. Teenagers my age were still riding high from the movie “Grease”, talking about “National Lampoon’s Animal House” and scared after watching “Halloween” (the last might have been just me to be fair). The Bee Gees were big and as well as singing along to ‘Tragedy”, the Village People had made a name for themselves with “YMCA”. Ian Drury and the Blockheads had a hit with “Hit me with your Rhythm Stick” and Gloria Gaynor released “I Will Survive”.

The seventies is the background to my first “Unlikely Soldiers” novel, “Civvy to Squaddie”. Some of the story is based on experience, the rest on my imagination –  only my army family know which is which!

Michelle Warbutton is one of the two main protagonists. She’s innocent and naive. Growing up in a dysfunctional family in 1970’s Britain Michelle tries to make sense of life and the people who love her, but still let her down. In the small (fictional) Welsh village of Talywen everyone seems to know everyone else’s business. When her nasty Aunt lets a family secret out of the bag, Michelle knows she has to get away. She doesn’t want to make a career in retail and as she leaves school, realises she’s squandered her education. Her brother Graham joined the Army and she enjoys listening to his exciting stories when he comes home. He occasionally compares army life to that in Civvy Street and Michelle wonders if this is a famous place in London and if she’ll ever get to see the places her brother has visited. 

Against the wishes of her parents and her brother she attempts to join-up, but she’s too young and discovers that the option to join juniors isn’t available to girls in late 1970s Britain. She enrols for a boring college course until she’s old enough to enlist. 

After three days of tests and interviews at the Women’s Royal Army Corps Centre in Guildford, Michelle is over the moon when she receives a letter informing her that her application has been successful. 

Following a sad farewell to her parents she embarks on her new career, discovering aspects of her personality and nature that she didn’t know existed, and earning herself the nickname Mouse. The army will consume her every waking moment. It’s where she finds the love of her life and encounters an enemy who is intent on making her suffer. 

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