I apologize for being a little discombobulated lately. See my previous post about my cat. But, I’m happy today to welcome the lovely Rebekah Ganiere and get to know some of her characters. I also appreciate Rebekah being a guinea pig for this format and her fun and imaginative answers.
1. If your character were to go to a psychologist, er, wise woman or healer who handles people problems in your world – willingly or unwillingly – what would bring them in? Yes, a court/Village Council order is a valid answer.
Adrian- I’d never have a need to seek one out.
Redlynn – (rolls her eyes) Never?
Adrian(Cocks an eyebrow) Never.
Redlynn – What about the time you thought I was injured?
Adrian- Well that’s different. I’d do anything to save you.
Redlynn – (Shakes her head) Stubborn wolf.
2. Is the presenting problem one of the main internal or external conflicts in your book? If so, how does it present itself?
Redlynn – Our problems are two fold. You have the external problem of girls going missing in Wolvenglen Forest but you also have the internal conflict, like Adrian’s conflict.
Adrian – I don’t have conflict.
Redlynn- Oh really? No conflict? None? You just were so happy to find me knocked out in the woods?
Adrian – Okay so it took me a while to get used to the fact that we were supposed to be together, what do you want from me? You know what I’ve been through. And what about you? Are ready to tell me you were okay with everything about me when you first found out?
Redlynn – Well…
Adrian – Exactly.
3. It’s always interesting to see how people act when they first enter my office. Do they immediately go for my chair, hesitate before sitting anywhere, flop on the couch, etc.? What would your character do?
Redlynn – I would never flop anywhere. I would find the chair with the best view of the entire room and scope out the easiest exit route and sit there.
Adrian – I’d sit on the couch. If I have to do this, I might as well be comfortable.
4. Does your character talk to the therapist? How open/revealing will your character be?
Redlynn – I don’t know you, so I’d be polite, but you’re not going to hear me moaning about my problems. Those are personal and things I only share with Adrian
Adrian – Likewise. Any problems I have I share with Redlynn, together we can work out anything.
5. Your character walks into the village pub or castle cellar after his/her first therapy session. What does he/she drink? Do they interact with anyone?
Adrian – I might have a cup of ale or mead if offered, but I wouldn’t have too much. I wouldn’t want my tongue to get too loose and spill things that I shouldn’t.
Redlynn – If I were forced into in therapy session, I wouldn’t want anything impairing my judgment. I’d have anything I needed before arriving and sit without speaking till I got the layout of the land. And even then I wouldn’t speak unless absolutely necessary.
6. When you’re building characters, do you have any tricks you use to really get into their psyches, like a character interview or personality system (e.g., Myers-Briggs types)?
Rebekah – As an author I let the characters build themselves in the first draft. What they say, do and think is all them. After that first draft I do a large character profile to help define them a bit more and get more of their GMC into play. Then I go back and see if the two match. If they don’t I fix places where it doesn’t.
Redlynn – We as characters don’t care for that sometimes, but other times it works well. For instance in my story, Rebekah couldn’t even finish the book before she went back to the beginning and changed a few things about me. I just wouldn’t let her. I pulled the brakes in the second to last chapter and let her know that I would never do any of the stuff she’d written in the last five chapters.
That is very true. She wouldn’t. Redlynn is stubborn that way. Most of my characters aren’t but I have had a few!
Thanks so much for stopping by, Rebekah, Adrian, and Redlynn! My review of Red the Were Hunter will be forthcoming next month, but the book itself is available now.
You can find Rebekah, the book trailer, and cover at her website.