Tuesday, July 12, 2016
Creating Secondary Characters
Secondary characters are also great fun to bring to life. For instance, in my historical, PATRIOT'S PRIDE, Mrs. Ulery is the heroine's companion and chaperone on a long journey to England. The heroine barely knows the older woman, but it soon becomes obvious that Mrs. Ulery has an inordinate fondness for whiskey. While the heroine is horrified at this discovery, the heroine finds Mrs. Ulery's other hidden talents more than helpful.
Readers have enjoyed Mrs. Ulery. In addition to being a foil for the very proper heroine, she provides humor and a slight touch of wisdom, despite her love of liquor. In fact, it is that failing of hers which rounds out the older woman and makes her seem genuine.
Here's a great post about supporting characters and how to create them: http://io9.gizmodo.com/5896488/10-secrets-to-creating-unforgettable-supporting-characters
So have some fun with your secondary characters. Your heroes and heroines need some support!
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