In celebration of National Novel Writing Month coming to an end, I decided to reach out to one of my favourite new authors. He’s an up and coming star whose brilliant, character driven zombie apocalypse story “The End Games” captured my heart and, if we’re speaking in zombie metaphors here, my…
Bridget is a really really lovely person and I’m very grateful for her support. Thanks so much for doing the interview, Bridget!
One of the most unexpected & wonderful things to happen to me this year is becoming friends with Bryarly. She’s a really fantastic person, and I feel very grateful to know her, and also her work is so moving and poignant that I can’t even be mad about how infuriatingly talented she is.
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When I was young, there were very few elders willing to talk about their darkness; most of them pretended that success was all they had ever known…. I thought I had developed a unique and terminal case of failure. I did not realize I had merely embarked on a journey toward joining the human race.
a-thousand-crows asked: Have you ever suddenly focused on a supporting character and realized how awesome he/she is? Or deep? Or just plain intriguing? How did you handle the spontaneous infatuation?
Actually, I don’t think I have (at least not spontaneously).
This might be because of my personal creative process, which tends to involve a metric buttload of outlining. In other words, I spend a lot of time in advance figuring out the plot and how it is primarily a reflection of the protagonist’s interior journey. From there, I try to figure out how the supporting characters can add to, or contrast with, that journey.
That’s not to say that I don’t give a lot of thought to supporting characters, or that they don’t evolve into characters I love. For instance, in THE END GAMES, I’m as fond of Patrick, Holly, and Jopek as I am of Michael. But I wouldn’t have been able to imagine those characters at all without first imagining Michael.