This is the week I begin to work on my new story. I've been thinking about this story for a couple of months now, but am not ready to share my storyline. But I will share with you who I have chosen for my main characters.
Here is Emilie, the heroine of my story. She is an art teacher at a middle school. She is cute, a little sassy, but doesn't think she has what it takes to get a boyfriend. She's an artsy kind of girl, a little odd, and is not one to follow the crowd. She is her own person, not afraid to be different. She is strong and independent, and that seems to scare off most guys. She is going to be fun to write, I think.
And here is my hero, Mark. I think I tried to use this actor for the hero in my medieval, but he wasn't manly enough. I ended up using Tom Welling for my medieval. But Ashton is perfect for what I have in mind for this story. He is handsome, cocky, a little stuck on himself, but fun loving. He is the new coach at the middle school where Emilie works and thinks he's "all that". A total opposite of what Emilie looks for in a guy.
I'm trying something new and I know this is another story that won't get published...at least in CBA. Unless I go with something like Marcher Lord Press. It is a paranormal story. Not about vampires, werewolves, or witches. It has to do with a special magic object that could grant my heroine her deepest desire...or cause great havoc in her life--which, of course, it does. Lots and lots of turmoil and catastrophes and fun. I am excited about this story and hope it is good practice for me in writing a contemporary.
I've started my character sketches in my One Note Program and have pasted lots of pictures of my two main characters, but I have a lot of thinking to do to deepen my characters. I only have about 1/10th of my sketching done, but hope as I fill out more of it, I will learn more about each one. To me, this is the fun part of writing. The daydreaming....sigh.
How do you learn about your characters? What processes do you employ to sketch out your characters?
I am interviewing Jody Hedlund tomorrow at The Writer's Alley! She is such an interesting person and you will love learning more about her and her debut book, The Preacher's Bride. Annnddddd, she is giving away a copy to a lucky commenter! Stop by tomorrow for a chance to get a copy!