Welcome to guest blogger, Michelle M Pillow. Michelle writes terrific books and has amazing contests a couple of times of year. Check them out at her website http://www.michellepillow.com/. Those of you who've joined us from my website know that an autographed copy of Michelle's book OPPOSITES ATTRACT will be awarded to one lucky person who posts on the blog from now until midnight Pacific time on September 28.
When sitting down to write a book, one of the first things I do is roll up the characters. Until they have personalities, I can’t write them. Many of what makes them tick isn’t put into the book, but rather to help me get a sense of who they are and how they’ll react to different situations.
The human psyche fascinates me. I love watching people—how they react, how they talk, how they communicate or don’t communicate. Though, I do not have the temperament to be a psychologist, this fascination allows me to better understand my characters. Many times, I’ll have an idea of where I want a book to go, but for the most part I make my characters, set them into the world I’ve build for them and just let them react they way they would react.
Occasionally, I throw hurtles at them, but they are always in control of the story.
In my upcoming release, Along for the Ride (Virgin Books, Oct 16, 2007), I have two opposite personalities—workaholic police detective, Megan Matthews, and laid back artist, Ryan Lucas. Megan thrives on facts and is always in control. She makes decisions and sticks with them. Ryan is the “rolling with the punches” type. He needed to be in order to handle such a strong personality.
Sometimes, it’s a fine balance. If Ryan was too laid back, Megan would walk all over him and never respect him. If he was too strong, they’d never get past the first encounter—even if they were attracted to each other. The joy of writing is to take these two people, who you know are right for each other in every way, and make them see it as well.
Though I write books that are both relationship centered or externally focused, for Virgin Books I tend to go with the relationship focused storylines. In Along for the Ride, I focus heavily on the developing relationship. There are many outside factors—a serial killer’s trial, blackmail—but it’s how those outside elements affect the characters and their developing relationship that I found so fun to write.
So, as a reader, what types of books do you like to read? Those that focus on the relationship? Or those that focus heavily on external elements?
Michelle M Pillow, Author of All Things Romance, is a multi-published, award winning author writing in many fiction genres including Erotic Romance for Virgin Book’s Cheek Imprint. She was winner of the 2006 Romantic Times Reviewers Choice Award for Best Erotic Romance.
Pillow is a PAN Member of RWA (Romance Writers of America). To learn more visit, http://www.michellepillow.com/
Her book, Along for the Ride, releases in paperback Oct 16, 2007 from Virgin Books.