I recently hosted a promotional post for this author and now I am following it up with this guestpost. Guys and gals please help me welcome, Carmen Desousa, author of the newly release prequel to her series: Creatus (They Exist): The Prequel (Creatus Series)
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We authors are an eclectic bunch; we have to be. How else could we design the multitude of characters needed to create a work of fiction?
In every story there must be a protagonist, most know this. But without an archenemy, be it a person, a character flaw, or a psychosis, where would the conflict stem?
If we as writers cannot imagine—get into the heads of—different emotional aspects of characters, how could ALL the characters be believable? It’s easy to design a protagonist after yourself or even someone you know. But how do you create a character whose mind you never really want to be a part of in the first place?
Research is one way, tons of it. But you also have to possess the ability to identify with the psyche of someone you’d rather not understand. You have to put yourself in their shoes, recognize they are people. They may be the 'bad guys', but they typically have families, go to work, and play just like the rest of us.
A truly believable character must have some normal human characteristics, or they won’t be believable.
Every time I jump into the mind of my so-called ‘bad guys’, my publisher cheers. She loves them. Why? Because the characters are realistic. Yes, they may be the ‘bad guys’, but they still live, work, and socialize in the real world.
Want to see how I blend the good and the bad with all my characters, as they all have a little of both? Click one of the links below for a little more about what I write. My stories are available in print and eBook formats at your favorite retailer. You can download my mini-mysteries with a paranormal edge or start with my romantic-suspense bestseller, She Belongs to Me, absolutely FREE. From there, all my stories are priced 'less than a latte', so READ UP and enjoy!