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Whether villain or hero, secondary character or main character, it’s important that each new being that I create is able to recognize right from wrong, even if they all don’t necessarily draw the line the same place. That sense can be skewed, sure, or even opposite what it should be, if the character in question is a villain. But a character that views good and evil exactly the same is either insane, or poorly done. Even Lady Macbeth, the Shakespearean murderess, had the moral sense to be guilty over her “damned spot.”
How many people in real life are absolutely perfect? Close to none. Even the heroines Sleeping Beauty and Snow White had character flaws, and Superman had his kryptonite and his inability to lie. For a heroine in a work of fiction, readers will be better able to identify with a woman who has some weaknesses, and doesn’t always do everything right. Flaws give a feeling of reality and depth to a character, as well as help drive plot twists within a work. In my Promise Me series, Danial the vampire has arrogance and lack of self-control, Theo the werecougar has wrath and naivety, and Sar has both vanity and an overdeveloped urge to save people in trouble, often endangering herself.
Every character needs strengths, something positive that the reader can cheer for during the story. While bravery, steadfastness, and honor are all good, it’s that much more satisfying when a character puts a singular talent or attribute into play to stop the forces coming against them. Who didn’t feel a deep satisfaction when Katniss finally gets a bow in the Hunger Games and puts it to use in her defense? Who didn’t cheer Harry Potter when he was able to use magic to fend off Dementors with his father’s patronus?
Ideally, this past is also a source of empathy for the reader and creates interest in the character. In a novel, this past can be pages long. In a short story, this can be summed up in a sentence. For example, take “She loved her mother, even if the woman had abandoned her to the streets when she was twelve, and the fate she had met there had been a cruel one.” At once, we are sorry for the protagonist, angry at her mother for being cruel to her child, and eager to see not only what kind of hardship the girl endured, but also what that damage has made her into as an adult.
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Book Title: Broken Promise (Promise Me Series #2) – Vampire romance
Date Released: September 2012
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/Broken-Promise-Me-ebook/dp/B009JQRJYQ
Blurb: Shocked at Danial’s betrayal, Sarelle returns to her old home to consider her options. Yet even as Sar plans a reconciliation with Danial, Terian arrives, confessing his desire. When Theo witnesses Terian and Sar kiss, he angrily confronts Sar, leading to startling consequences. Will Sar’s heart choose Danial, Terian,…or Theo?
Book Title: The Chalet – Gothic Romance novella
Date Released: September 2012
Amazon Link: http://www.amazon.com/The-Chalet-ebook/dp/B009L3HZXW
Blurb: When Madeline honors her mother's dying wish and returns to The Chalet, she discovers the true secret of the old mansion; a seductive spirit whose undying love has waited decades to claim her for its own