As an author, have you picked out people you know to be a character in your story? Author workshops advise doing this because it gives author’s insight into personalities, quirks, likes and dislikes. Cloaked in the skin of a fictitious character, these insights build their personality.
After my class reunion in Davenport, Iowa my wife and I drove to Guttenberg, Iowa, to revisit the setting for my trilogy of novels about The Secrets of Clayton County. We walked and talked with locals, shopkeepers, restaurants and such. On the way, we came upon a little red headed woman. We introduced ourselves as Wooldridge’s, and she immediately recalled my Dad and Mom, former residents. “I heard your mother passed away a while back. I’m so sorry,” she said, remembering something I didn’t think an 87-year old could recall.
We talked about my series of novels, and she said, “You send a couple to me and I’ll tell Carol to put one in the library.”
“You can just tell Carol what to do?” I asked.
“Well, sure I can,” she said. “We’ve known each other for thirty years.”
I have no more knowledge than this about Adel’s personality, but she became a part of the story in Book 2, New Beginnings. I created her personality, gave her a job as a mentor, and she’s become a favorite character of my readers. Not a bad job for an 87-year-old woman, wouldn’t you say?
Today I sent her two copies of Book 2, so she can read one and tell Carol to put one in the Gutenberg library. I Love you, Adel.
Don Wooldridge | Author