Hello, lovelies! I hope all my U.S folks had a great Labor Day weekend. I was at DragonCon, where I got to do some panels, attend some more, and enjoy the costumes. My favorite part – meeting some fans and new readers.
Without further ado, this week’s Character on the Couch is another one from the Wicked Halloween box set I’m participating in. Yes, the box set is still at its low 99 cent preorder price and is part of the Wolf Pack Run. As the release date gets closer, I can’t help but be more excited because, darnit, I want to read these books, especially as I meet the characters.
Meet Angelica Dawson’s Summer Parker:
Summer Parker has moved to Salem, into her great-grandmother’s house. Once there, she is plagued by the sensation of someone watching her. Added to that, she is having strange dreams about her ancestor, Mark Parker, who was one of Salem’s witches. Her human roommates remove most of the eeriness of her predicament, but the intangible roomie is making himself at home too. After a close call, the identity of her resident ghost is revealed. But if Geoffrey is the ghost, does that make her Mary Parker? One thing is certain, Geoffrey is as determined to protect her.
WARNING: Suicide Trigger.
And now, the interview…
1. If your character were to go to a psychologist – willingly or unwillingly – what would bring them in? Yes, a court order is a valid answer.
Being able to see ghosts. That would probably drive her over the bend at some point.
2. Is the presenting problem one of the main internal or external conflicts in your book? If so, how does it present itself?
Yes! The ghost was in love with her ancestor in another life and as her reincarnation, he now dogs Summer, committed to protecting her.
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?
Sink into the couch, then she might throw up her legs.
4. Does your character talk to the therapist? How open/revealing will your character be? What will he or she say first?
I think she’d be quite happy to tell her all about the strange phantom touches, sightings of ghosts and dreams of being a witch in Salem.
CD note: As a psychologist, I would LOVE for someone to come in and tell me this stuff.
5. Your character walks into the bar down the street after his/her first therapy session. What does he/she order? What happens next?
She probably wouldn’t go to the bar, but if she did, she’d be sure to bring along her friend or one of her roommates. She isn’t much of a drinker, though.
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)?
I write myself into my characters. They have a personality from the first sentence and it develops as I explore them. I don’t have a special method or system to it.
Bio: Angelica Dawson, bestselling Naughty Nights Press author, has been writing for several years and having sex a lot longer than that. Angelica is a wife, mother and environmental consultant. Her love of plants and the outdoors is not diminished by the bloodsucking hoards — mosquitoes and black flies, not vampires.
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