Today I’m going to talk about the life(and lies) of relationships with characters that I’ve brought to life in my latest inanimate flying object…in other words, the relationships I have with the characters in my book. :)
For me, all of my ideas come from dreams. Sometimes it’s just a particular character, or sometimes it’s the backdrop for the story. But once I have the first little spark of creation, everything else seems to fall into place. In the case of ‘Enemy Through The Gates’, I dreamt that I was in P.J.’s head for what is now the opening scene of the book. I could hear her thoughts, see through her eyes, and yet I was still me. It was if I was watching a narrated movie from inside her head. When I woke up the next morning, P.J.’s presence seemed to haunt me. So, by the end of the following day the first few chapters of ‘Enemy Through The Gates’ had been written and the idea for the series was firmly implanted within my mind.
I often hear authors say that their characters seem real to them and I’m no different in that aspect. Because I didn’t really see what P.J. looked like when I dreamt her up, she took on a lot of me both physically and emotionally. I enjoy reading about flawed heroines, and since I have enough flaws and insecurities to spare, I loaned a few of mine to P.J. And I must say the whole process was amazingly cathartic. But at the same time, much like the love/hate relationship I have with myself, I share that with P.J. as well. Sometimes I find her wanting to do things that really screw up where I thought I was going with my story line, and that frustrates me to no end. Although most of the time where she leads me ends up being a much more exciting place than where I had intended on going.
As for the remaining cast of characters, P.J.’s friends and family both endear and aggravate me much like they do her. I suppose, if I’m analyzing that statement, it’s because when I’m writing P.J.’s world I’m looking at everything from my perspective, and yet through P.J. colored glasses at the same time. Her emotions taint mine, and vise versa. For that reason, when a character like Jenna does something ridiculous, I find myself making commentary to myself as I write…like some deranged schizophrenic having conversations with myself. But hey…you know…if having conversations with myself helps me write a good story then I guess I’m okay with that.
Well, I think I’m going to end this guest post now before I blather on and cause someone to think I deserve a visit from the local men in white bearing a straightjacket. I want to give a great big virtual hug to my gracious host The Life (and lies) of an inanimate flying object blog, and all of its followers. It’s a good thing I have more than one set of arms to give out all the hugs…because you know…the different people in my head means extra arms…therefore extra hugs…okay I’ll quit while I’m ahead. Thanks again for having me! I hope I didn’t confuse too many people.
Thanks DT! No worries, there was no confusion ;) Don't forget to leave a comment to be entered in the giveaway!
Cynical-Optimist. Chocolate-holic. Sarcasm Addict. Paranormal Believer. Self imposed Insomniac. Sci-Fi Dork. Animal Lover. Writer. Those are just a few words to describe D. T. Dyllin. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and now lives in Nashville, Tennessee with her husband and very spoiled GSD. ‘Enemy Through The Gates’ is her debut novel.
P. J. Stone, like most eighteen-year-old girls, is a little boy crazy and somewhat obsessed with finding the perfect boyfriend. Some days she feels like she might be the last remaining virgin in her entire high school, and maybe even the entire tri-state area.
After a traumatic night at a friend’s party, P. J. realizes what she truly wants has been right under her nose all along. Bryn O’Bannon, her best friend and partner in crime since age five, is head over heels in love with her, and she feels the same about him.
But P. J.’s life isn’t that simple. She’s a member of a separate society that exists secretly among the rest of the world; the society raises gifted individuals to protect the world from inter-dimensional interlopers, and P. J. was taught to put duty before her heart. She is expected to choose a suitable mate in order to perpetuate the Seer line. Unfortunately, Bryn is a Guardian and is forbidden to date—let alone mate with—a Seer such as herself.
As if figuring out her love life isn’t complicated enough, P. J. begins having visions of a threat to her world only she is able to perceive. Now, she must concoct and execute a plan to avert world disaster while at the same time avoiding the dissolution of her love life.
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