How do you encounter your own characters?
***Do you make a composite of your characters before you start writing your story? Here are mine for the characters you'll find in Book 1- Partners & Book 2 - Roll the Dice for the hot new Vegas series.
Aurora Morelli – Heroine
Aurora Morelli – Heroine
- Sapphire blue eyes, long dark hair, compact body. Looks feminine but hates it.
- Has always tried to overcome her size by the strength of her personality. There's a chip on her shoulder that she nourishes. It's her protection from getting hurt—that and sarcasm, many times humorous.
- She wears high-heeled boots and walks tall, with her head up and shoulders back to add height because she hates feeling inadequate for being so short.
- Concealed under those boots, she has ankle bracelets and painted toenails.
- She hates her bitch of a mother because the woman killed herself in a drunken rage and never, ever gave her daughter any inkling that she mattered. Therefore the little girl hiding inside Aurora still craves those missing hugs.
- She's a secret romantic, loves the happy endings and hides her romance books all around her apartment.
- She's a little Miss Homemaker, has recipes books and bottles of fancy oils in her kitchen. There are homemade quilted pillows on her sofa and herb plants on her windowsill.
- Born and raised in Casa Grande, loves the Coyotes and has a favorite souvenir coffee mug. Her lieutenant grew up near her and they know each other's backgrounds, and therefore they have a special attachment.
- Las Vegas detective for 5 years and has worked with a female partner, Debbie, who she loves more than anyone else. They've formed an attachment closer than sisters, and Debbie is the only person who she's let inside her protective armour. From the night Debbie gets assaulted, Aurora has a mission. Find the serial rapist who hurt the person she loves most. Then put the animal away.
- When Debbie becomes pregnant, takes leave, and gets married to none other than the lieutenant, knitted within Aurora's happiness, feelings of envy emerge. One day, she wants to get married and have her own baby.
- She's had lovers, but never anyone who matters enough for her to change. The men she's actually attracted to aren't the men she chooses to date. It's the hotshot, sexy, cowboy type that sets her heart beating faster, especially if they have the charisma of a lover and the looks to back it up.
***Do you make a detailed analysis or a short, spotlight into each person? A kind of profile to give you an idea of what drives each person to act the way they do under any situation.
Kai Larson – Hero
- This man is a Bruce Willis lookalike, has a bald head and his eyes are deep and blue.
- He's a natural tease, a bit of a smartass, and sharp as a whip. Likes to take control.
- He carries a computer case that looks like a purse and wears tight blue jeans, cowboy boots, and favors t-shirts.
- Being that he's from L.A., it isn't hard to believe that his favorite hockey team is the L.A. Kings.
- In L.A. he's a sergeant and has turned down multiple chances at moving up the ladder. He likes working the streets and is good at it.
- He was in the army with Aurora's lieutenant, and after their stints were up, they went to the same police academy. When Kai needs to move to Las Vegas to find and kill the man who'd raped his sister, he places a call and the move is on.
- Except that when he arrives, he's forced to take on a partner. A woman partner who's fixated on getting the same man he wants, only she wants to put him in jail. A woman walking around with a huge chip on her shoulder, and he soon realizes that it turns him on.
- Blessed with good parents, a happy childhood and a gift of attracting the females, he grew up unconsciously feeling entitled.
- Then his sister was raped. From that day he's changed. Made a vow of vengeance. She lost her life and so will the man who'd made her feel such despair that her only way out was to kill herself.
***Or like me, do you fill in these characteristics as the story grows? I find that it's only by how they deal with each conflict I throw at them, that their personalities start becoming clear. And I do love conflicts!
I have a fairly good idea of their looks, because before I ever put any words on file, I've lived with the characters in my head for a few weeks. By then I can see them as clear as if I was remembering an old friend.
It's how they react under different sets of circumstances that's still a mystery which gets solved as I write their story.
***How do you deal with the people in your story? It'll be interesting to see how many of us work in the same way.