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Here’s a fascinating look at what happened when RG2E Featured Author Cate Dean turned real people into characters and how it changed her book.
Take it away, Cate…
For A Gathering of Angels I held a contest – win a spot as a character in my book. I had two winners, and with a storyline already in my head, I had to incorporate them into it – and make it look like they had always been a part of the story.
Was it a challenge? Absolutely. I wanted them to be themselves, but not. So to start, I sent each of the winners a list of questions, asking them more about themselves, and if they wanted certain aspects in the book: their real first name, hair color, height. I also asked for some quirks, wanting to flesh out the characters.
Adding those two people as characters changed the story, and more than a little. It added a depth, and an emotional edge to parts of it I didn’t have before, and that made the story richer. I also loved getting to know these people, and infusing bits of them, putting them on the page so they would see themselves, even if no one else did. And my book is better for having them join it.
If you read the book, you don’t know until the author’s notes at the end that two of the characters you just met were added because of a contest. And I have received feedback that ALL of the characters were well developed – which puts a big smile on my face, and tells me I did what I set out to do. I gave two people a wonderful, unique experience, and enriched my story with unexpected characters.
Would I do it again? In a heartbeat. So keep an eye out – I plan on having another “be a character” contest, very soon. And I can’t wait to meet the people who will – well, people book 4 of The Claire Wiche Chronicles. 🙂
Thanks for hanging out with me today – and if you leave a comment, you could be one of 10 people to win an Ebook Gift Copy of A Gathering of Angels.
Good luck, and until next time – read on.
Other books by Cate Dean:
Rest for the Wicked – The Claire Wiche Chronicles Book 1
When Walls Can Talk – A Fantasy Novella
Last Chance Jack – A Fantasy Short Story
Cate Dean has been writing since she could hold a pen in her hand and put more than two words together on paper. She grew up losing herself in the wilds of fantasy worlds, and has had some of her own adventures while tromping through the UK, and a few other parts of the world. A lover of all things supernatural, she infuses that love into her stories, giving them a unique edge. When she’s not writing, she loves cooking, scaring herself silly in the local cemeteries, and reading pretty much anything she can get her hands on.
Connect with Cate here:
Facebook page: http://facebook.com/catedeanwrites.com
Amazon Author Central: http://amazon.com/author/catedean
This is awesome, Cate! Thanks sooo much for sharing and treating our readers too!!!
Btw, I’m reading Book One, REST FOR THE WICKED now, and can’t put it down! What a fabulous story world you’ve created!!! 🙂
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