Sometimes as a writer, it is almost as though characters come to life. Where these people are created from is hard to say. Maybe they resemble someone we know or once knew. Maybe they are a part of us and who we’d like to be. Maybe they are a combination of several people. Then again, just maybe they come to life in a make believe world that is created by the author and only she and her readers can go there.
Libby Comes to Life
I am currently working on an inspirational contemporary romance. It’s been slow going as I gather different, very specific pieces of information, complete research and write out various scenes. However, there is one part of my book that is not hard to write and that is the character of Libby.
You see, Libby is a secondary character. She really shouldn’t be a big part of the story. However, when she enters the room, trust me that she takes over the scene. Libby has no problem speaking her mind and speaking it far too frankly. Not everyone likes Libby. She can be pretty difficult and she drives my heroine in this new book crazy. Yet, my heroine, Gracie, sees Libby’s heart and she loves this other woman and considers her a dear friend.
Gracie wants to understand what makes Libby tick and so do I, so Gracie is always asking her questions. The only problem is that Libby is pretty tight-lipped about her past and what has made her the woman she is today.
- Mean at times
- Hidden heart of gold
These are all words that apply to Miss Libby.
It’s hard to say how this book will turn out. Not only do I have to finish writing it, but then the editing process begins. My hope as a writer is that my editor and my readers will enjoy this character as much as I do, because I can’t imagine this story without this cooky old woman. Already, Libby has made me laugh, brought tears to my eyes, made me angry and made me like her. I can’t wait to introduce all of you to Libby one day very soon.