Nine weeks ago, I mentioned how I find my story ideas by discovering the ending first. Then, I moved on to talk about my problems with knowing my characters enough for the audience to fall in love with them. Well, for the past two months, I have been reading and highlighting Characters, Emotions, and Viewpoints by Nancy Kress, in between reading fiction books to review here. It has been a wonderful help. Last week on October 7, I introduced you to my hero, Devin Sanders. Today, I want to introduce you to my heroine Chloe Walker. I attached an image of Topanga Lawrence aka Danielle Fishel from Boy Meets World, who fits the description of my heroine.
Academic Honors Diploma
BA in English
MA in Writing
-Middle child of five. Always felt pushed into a corner. Never good enough to please her parents. Both parents are now divorced who called it quits weeks after the youngest, Kaleb, graduated from high school.
Biggest goal: To write a suspense novel.
Biggest fear: Afraid of water. She believes she will die by drowning in a car that has driven into the bottom of a river or a lake.
Biggest lie: Not good enough.
-Pizza (Pepperoni, Mushroom, and Black Olives)
-Rock Music (Metallica, Skid Row, Wolves at the Gate, Close Your Eyes, Thousand Foot Krutch, etc.)
-Clothes: Stylish, yet comfy. Jeans with a hoodie. Sweaters. Shorts. Tank tops.
-Hair: Spends a lot of time making sure it looks just right.
-Chloe doesn’t like the way she looks. She feels fat, but when she works out, no results so she gives up.
-Biggest Pet Peeve: A dirty bathroom (who would want you to use a bathroom that is dirty? Really?!)
-Afraid to let anyone in because they probably will find something wrong with her.
Character’s abilities: She can argue her way intelligently whenever she needs to prove a point. Knows a good book or movie and recommends them.
How do you handle frustration? I usually blow up when no one is around and mumble to myself about the injustice. Sometimes I will throw things to make me feel better. I really never let anyone see me get angry or know that something is bothering me.
What stands in the way of your happiness right now? On the outside, I seem like a happy person, but on the inside, I’m complaining to God on a daily basis. Why don’t I have my dream job? (Being an editor at a book publishing company) Why don’t I have a book published? (I have been doing this writing thing for ten years) Why don’t I have my log cabin in the woods?
If you could change one thing about your past, what would it be? I would have kept dating Devin Sanders.
Have you ever done this for a character? Are there any suggestions I should include to fully develop more heroine more realistic for my characters? Here are the ultimate questions: Do you like or dislike Chloe Walker? Could you see yourself spending time with her in a three part book?