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How to Make Your Characters Relatable to Readers?

For day 3 of the A Chance at Love book tour, I did a guest post for Blog-A-Licious Authors, in which I discussed the importance in making characters relatable to readers in a story:

When I decided to write my first book, the first thought that came to mind was how will I make my characters relatable to readers? With readers, that is the first thing they will think about when reading a story. Being an avid reader, that’s what I imagine when reading a good book. That is why with each of my books, I try to write characters as everyday people that readers can understand and can even imagine as themselves when reading.

An example to this theory is the book, Love Unbroken. When I first wrote the story, I wanted it to be about a young couple that fell in love when they least expect it. To channel that theory, I had to go back to when I met my husband thirteen years ago (which readers who read the book know that he is the inspiration to the character Shawn). I used the experiences I shared with him, from the first time we met (which was through a mutual friend), to the various times I watched him perform at open mic nights, to express the thoughts and emotions Shawn had for Riana. Through those experiences I shared with him, I was able to tell a love story that was relatable to readers because it expressed real life in it most beautiful form.

Another story that featured relatable characters is In Love With My Best Friend. Camille and Trevor shared a wonderful friendship that spanned from middle school, and soared to a full-fledged romance. I’m pretty sure many couples could relate to this situation, especially for those who were friends before lovers. Being able to read their journey through their denial to finally expressing those feelings can bring many emotions to some, as well as think about the situations they experienced when realizing that their true love was in their lives all along.

With all stories, being able to channel a character and think about real-life experiences is a great way to make a character believable. With my past stories, I had to really think back on past experiences to write about a particular character or scene. For example, in A Chance at Love, there were many scenes in the book when I thought about the relationship I had with my mom, which brought back wonderful memories about her. Even in Love Unbroken, with the conversations Riana had with her mom, I thought about what the many talks my mom and I had and the moments we shared throughout the years. Just the thoughts I had created scenes that I hope made readers think about the conversations they had with their parents.

Creating relatable characters is one of the elements in making a great story. Not only does it provide a chance for readers to take a journey into someone else’s world for a couple of hours, but it sometimes can think about how they would be in a certain situation. That is something I hope I can continue providing throughout all of my stories.

To check out the entire interview, please visit Blog-A-Licious Authors at http://blogaliciousauthors.blogspot.com/2014/02/how-to-make-your-characters-relatable.html

A Day In The Life Of…

Hi everyone!!! I recently did a guest post for Katies Books during the New Year, New Adult Blog Tour. The post talked about what I do on a typical day. To see the actual blog post, visit Katies Books at http://kitkat1242.blogspot.co.uk/2014/01/blog-tour-new-year-new-adult.html Enjoy!!

I’d like to think that a typical day for an author would be the basics: You get to sleep late, sit in bed, write all day, have book signings, and enjoy reading emails, comments, and tweets from adoring fans of your work. But for me, a typical day is the complete opposite.

5:45 A.M.: My day begins by getting ready for a long day of traffic, drop-offs, and work (did I

mention lots and lots of traffic!).

7:30 A.M.: Out the door and to my son’s school. Even though I should probably leave my house a little bit earlier due to Houston’s traffic, but I don’t.

8:00A.M.: Pull up to my son’s school and he barely makes it on time (I really need to leave the house early). Head to my husband’s job to drop him off (we carpool since our jobs are 5 minutes from each other’s).

8:45 A.M.: Drops husband off and heads to my job.

9:30A.M.-6:30P.M.: At work as a manager for a driving school. In my spare time (which is limited) I do develop story ideas for a current or future story. I check emails and look up information for ideas.

6:30P.M-7:00P.M.:In traffic (did I mention how much I hate traffic?).

7P.M. -9P.M.: At home and is spending time with the family. We eat together (which is mainly fast food, since no one wants to cook. I know, that’s terrible), helps son with his homework, gives him his bath, and he’s off to bed.

9P.M. – 1A.M.: Once son is asleep, it’s my time to be a writer. This is the time when I could put my thinking cap on and just let my imagination run wild. Since my latest project, Trust Me (the second book in the Love, Life, & Happiness series) will be released in February, I’ve been writing nonstop to meet my deadline.

There have been times when I automatically have the ideas in my head and can easily type them onto the computer. But there have been times when I have no idea what to write and I will just stare at the computer. And yes, there have been times when I fell asleep and the computer was still running on my bed (I know, bad idea). Usually when I do that, that’s my cue to sign-off and get some rest.

Writing at night has helped me a great deal, mainly because that is the time when I can actually think. My mind is clear of the everyday pressures of work and chores and I can focus on my story and the characters. Also, writing can be therapeutic in a way, mainly because I can get all my frustrations out from an event from that day and put it in writing.

As I put my head on my pillow, I realize that I only have a couple of hours of sleep before I have to do my routine all over again.