Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Guest Blogger Tess Thompson

How do you create your characters?

I begin with character outlines, using a list of questions I’ve developed over time, including everything from childhood details to their favorite food. From there, I feel like I know them as well as my best friend and can make them ‘alive’ by creating a difficult circumstance from which they will have to overcome seemingly impossible obstacles.
However, the truth is, before the outlines, I have a spark of an idea for a character, usually inspired by someone I know or have read about in the news or some aspect of my own personality – and it comes out of nowhere and at the oddest times, like say, when I’m exercising. This inspiration is elusive, or should I say, difficult to explain, because I cannot define exactly how or why someone (a character) can be very real to me, therefore making the outlines almost unnecessary. This is the indefinable nature of creativity.

Crushed by a broken heart ten years ago, Cleo Tanner walked away from her acting dreams and now leads a quiet, secluded life in Seattle. Sylvia, her best friend from college, is trapped in a loveless marriage, distraught by her inability to conceive a child - until an adoption agency owner in relentless pursuit of Cleo offers to help.

Just as Sylvia begins to experience a profound love that only a mother can feel, a detective approaches Cleo with disturbing questions about the adoption agency. Determined to protect her friend, Cleo jumps into a dangerous investigation that forces her to confront the ghosts of her past.

Bestselling author Tess Thompson, whose debut novel Riversong touched the hearts of readers worldwide, delivers a captivating and suspenseful tale of the possibilities that await us in life and in love - if we can find the courage to get off the sidelines.

A toast to friendship, motherhood, mended hearts and new beginnings, Caramel and Magnolias reminds us it's never too late to reawaken the heart.

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1 comment:

  1. This sounds like a really interesting book! Thanks for the mini interview.