Bits and Pieces of Characters

Having lived and taught in different cities throughout the province of Ontario, I have felt free to “borrow” characteristics from friends, former colleagues, and students to create composite characters in my novels.

That was the modus operandi for the first five novels I wrote: Between Land and Sea, The Coming of Arabella, A Season for Killing Blondes, Too Many Women in the Room, and A Different Kind of Reunion.

While writing No More Secrets, I followed a slightly different path.

Angelica Delfino, the protagonist, is also a composite character. But this time, I borrowed from the Italian women of my mother’s generation. And, yes, I did include bits of my mother’s life. Before she died, Mama read an early draft and commented, “I can see myself here, as well as…” and then she mentioned several relatives and close friends.

Continue reading on Brenda Whiteside’s blog.

What Will You Do When Your Characters Misbehave?

When I first heard this question at a creative writing workshop, I was tempted to say that I intended to firmly hold onto the reins. A neophyte with no literary credits to my name, I couldn’t imagine characters actually misbehaving on the page. Thankfully, I paused and waited for more seasoned writers to respond.

What followed was an animated discussion about a ghostly character who suddenly appeared and replaced the original protagonist, new characters who emerged out of a conversation, and a male character who decided to change gender. In each case, the writers allowed the disruptors to alter the course of the narrative.

A bit woo-woo for my taste, but I concluded that writers—for the most part—were a motley bunch.

Continue reading on Debra Goldstein’s blog.

On Tour with Goddess Fish – Day 11

It’s my last Monday on tour with Goddess Fish.

I’m visiting the Novels Alive blog and chatting about my writing journey and No More Secrets.

Stop by and visit for a while. Remember to scroll down and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. You could win a $20 Amazon gift card.

Find out more here.

At the 2020 Winter Blogfest

Today, I’m participating in the Winter Blogfest, sponsored by Long and Short Reviews. In addition to sharing my latest release, I have included a post entitled, “Embracing Winter.”

Drop by and leave a comment. You could win a free ebook of No More Secrets.

Find out more here.

On Tour with Goddess Fish – Day 10

It’s my tenth Monday on tour with Goddess Fish.

I’m visiting the Seven Troublesome Sisters’ blog and chatting about the main characters in No More Secrets. I’m also including a blurb, excerpt, and buy links.

Stop by and visit for a while. Remember to scroll down and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. You could win a $20 Amazon gift card.

Find out more here.

On Tour with Goddess Fish – Day 8

It’s my eighth Monday on tour with Goddess Fish.

I’m visiting the It’s Raining Books blog and sharing five little known facts about myself. I’m also including a blurb, excerpt, and buy links for No More Secrets.

Stop by and visit for a while. Remember to scroll down and enter the Rafflecopter giveaway. You could win a $20 Amazon gift card.

Find out more here.