My hero's Bio:
CONAN MATHER’s sins permanently stain him. He is convinced there can be no penance great enough to erase the wrongs he has committed and the blood he has shed. Mather’s objective is to ward off anyone who tries to break through the barriers he has built, and until he corrects his past wrongs, he is a danger to those he may come to love.
Hair color: Dark Brown
Eye color: Ice blue
Distinguing Personality Traits: Lost soul. Answers in monosyllable, man of few words, comes across morose and stand-offish, has no faith in himself but answers the call of duty because it is--after all--his duty, would do anything to receive redemption but doesn't believe it exists.
My heroine's bio:
EVIE WEBER’s illegitimate, unborn child is a living reminder of her sin--and as much as she longs to cherish the life within her, how does one ever reconcile a sinful consequence? The daughter of a wealthy shipping baron, she has shamed her family and herself. Evie's spirit inside longs to break free and fly, but she did that once and now she bears its life in her womb. She wills herself into waifish submission because that is what a proper woman should do, but maybe she can discover a home somewhere, in someone's heart, if only they can see past the obvious error of her ways.
Hair color: Coffee Brown
Eye color: Amber
Distinguing Personality Traits: The waif. Timid. Has a mind of her own but afraid to voice her opinions. She needs a knight in shining armor, but no knight of honor would waste his time on a used woman. She is willing to fight for herself but has yet to find her strength. She believes redemption exists, if she could only find it.
Creating characters is my all time favorite part of writing! Outside of plot and location, characters are the third part to the critical triangle of story. A book will rise or fall based on layered characters, so I spend a lot of time developing their back stories, their emotions, scenes that may never get written but have to play out in my head so I know the character, and so on. I'll even pick a song that defines either each character, or the dual character's journeys.
Mather & Evie's song is what I imagine God would be telling my two lost characters both desperately needing forgiveness but finding none. What would it be like to have made such a horrible mistake that no one would ever love you again? What would it be like to live alone as the result of your sin? What would it be like to try to earn your way out of the sin you committed? What would it be like to bear the weight of knowing people's lives depended on you and you have failed them? What would it be like to hear the words "I Love You"?:
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What do you hone in on when reading a book? Characters, Setting, Plot, or Spiritual theme?