#WWoW! The Perfect Character Recipe
A. Core values - Our characters need to have us define what is at their very core. Their essence. Core values are at the center of it all. It drives them to do what they do or not do. Our heroes/heroines and even villains have to make that connection with the reader. Remember our values are hidden deep within our core. Most heroes in the beginning of the story “don’t know who they are.” They haven’t defined themselves or their values are a bit skewed. It is the storyline and plot that drives and challenges them to discover who they really are by the end of the book. Those core values will dominate their character by the end of the story. Yes, they have captured the prize but they have also grown as an individual. It’s their shining moment!
II. Main Ingredients: (secondary layer) "1 cup of hard life, 2 tsps of values, and a dash of crazy."
A. Psychological profile - The next layer around which we build upon the core values is the character’s psychological profile. Specifically, how did they become the person they are now? Developing the background/biography of your character is very important and should be worked through before hitting the keyboard. This will define how they react to other people, situations, stress, loss, success etc… Our environment (parents, location, time period etc…) influences and molds who we are and how we define the values we just selected. Tragedy, stability, disease, health, illness, poverty, wealth, and abuse foster, mediate or degrade those core values.
III. Secondary Ingredients: (third layer) "Add some spice to make your character zing."
Core values + Psychological profile = Quirks, Compulsions, Favorites, Fears, Dreams, Strengths, Weaknesses
B. Emotional - Your emotional appearance balances your physical appearance. It is how we interact with our world both verbally and non-verbally. Are we great at hiding our feelings or is there no mistaking how we feel by our emotional expression (facial, gestures, posture)? Keep in mind the core values, psychological profile and quirks. This is your means to express their effect on the character. Also, how do they talk or speak? What jargon or slang do they use? Does it match the setting or time period they are from?
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KEY TO THE CURSED Series
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“Only the strongest love can unlock the souls of the Underworld.”
Publication Date: Feb 2011
THE HUMAN REALM, HIS BATTLEFIELD.
Asar, the Egyptian God of the Underworld, has been tortured and left soulless by a malevolent goddess, relegating him to consume the very thing he was commissioned to protect. Human souls. Now an empty shell of hatred, Asar vows to kill the goddess and anyone involved in her release, but fate crosses his path with a beautiful blonde huntress who has a soul too sweet to ignore.
DEADLY SECRETS BETTER LEFT UNEARTHED.
Lilly, fearless commander of the Nehebkau huntresses, is the only thing standing in the way of the goddess' undead army unleashing hell on earth. But Lilly has a secret—one she is willing to sell her soul to keep. If the Underworld god discovers her role in the dig that released the goddess, she will lose everything, including his heart.
Night Owl Reviews: Reviewer’s Top PICK/ 5 Stars “The first book in the “Key to the Cursed” series was absolutely phenomenal. Anything that deals with old world deities and is written well always hooks me from the get go. This was definitely an excellent book to begin a new series.”
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publication Date: Jan 2013
LOVE FOR BLOOD OR HONOR
Kendra, an Egyptologist and demi-god in waiting, is the key to unlocking Bakari, the Egyptian God of Death, from his cursed slumber. Desperate to free him, she inadvertently binds herself to the god with a spell that only death will undo. To save Bakari from himself, she may have to sacrifice her innocence, and possibly her soul, before he becomes his family’s worst enemy.
HAUNTED BY SINS OF THE PAST
Bakari awakens to a world at war and a beautiful woman who has tethered his soul to hers. In the wake of his self-destruction Kendra is his only hope of salvation, but another has vowed to keep Bakari from the one thing he craves most-- his Parvana. His butterfly.
Bitten by Paranormal Romance: 5/5 Alpha Howls, Hot “I don't know where to begin to describe the absolutely marvelous job that the author does in not only creating a wonderful world with so much depth and detail, but a story line the has the mystery and intrigue that will keep you glued to the pages.”