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Saturday, September 29, 2012

[Guest Post] Creating Characters by Marne Ann Kirk



Thank you for having me on your blog today. I’m excited to “be here.” I’m from Colorado, but I’m writing this one from the ever-sunny Las Vegas.

A writer never stops creating characters. Our brains just NEVER turn off. We’re always on crazy thoughts.

For instance, we (my husband and I) are staying at a casino/hotel in Las Vegas, right? Last night, some foul creature of the night tried to make off with our truck. It happens, I know. Times are hard and people can get desperate. They didn’t take the truck, they just left a mess for an ignition switch, took my Excedrin Migraine and Rolaids (I guess they needed it more than I did), and left a “small baggie of unknown substance” (I guess we can all guess why they didn’t manage to steal the truck) for their troubles. I wish them luck in life…they’re going to need it.

We had to file a report with the hotel security and the local five-o, and therein lies a new minor character for book two of the Holy Water Warrior series…

He’s a security guard, so in Tommie’s story he’ll be a bouncer at Tommie’s Knockers, the hottest nightclub West of the Divide. I’ve already named him, Richard, and Tommie will forever wonder, or at least she’ll wonder until he dies, why she hired him a few months ago. He’s qualified, and she’s really having a difficult time keeping bouncers all of a sudden, but there’s something about this guy. He’s just a hair off of plumb.
In real life, the officer who helped us was nice enough to look at, I won’t lie. However, I’m of the “Shallow 
Hal” philosophy, where beauty comes from within—in which case, this guy was Frankenstein ugly… because I think we can all agree the monster wasn’t the ugly on in that book, either. So Richard will be flabby in the belly, insecure, inadequate, and physically an ugly fellow…maybe I’ll give him some habit to help. I’ll have him pick his nose and then go to shake a hand—not enough to hate him, just enough for an ick factor.

As soon as this guy opens his mouth, though, the reader will despise him (and this is the part that is inspired by the security guard). He’ll something, several things, actually, that are so offensive, so full of cockiness and bigotry, so lacking in compassion for the situation he’s in and for the people he shares space with on this beautiful planet, you won’t be able to help but hate him. And, after he is rightfully despised, a Fomorian deamon is going to attack Richard, pulling his soul from his body while frenzy-feeding on his flesh. It’s going to be a horrible, painful, drawn out way for pathetic Richard to die.

Then the Fomorian is going to probably vomit the soul out, because Richard was too bilious for it to stomach.

When Richard the bouncer dies, I’m going to smile to myself and send a silent little thank you to the security guard who gave me so much inspiration for a pivotal scene in Tommie’s story.

My point is, inspiration comes from everywhere and a writer never stops creating characters.

Goddess On The Run

A Tale of the Holy Water Warriors, Book One
By Marne Ann Kirk    

Genre: Paranormal Romance
Publisher: Crescent Moon Press

Number of pages: 316
Word Count: 91,200 words

Cover Artist: Taria Reed

Book Description:

All Fomorian Hells are about to break loose on earth, making human souls the daily special, if the Tuatha de Danaan can’t stop it.

Teagan, a Celtic demi-goddess hiding from her destiny in small-town Colorado, wants nothing to do with her mother’s forgotten realm or the drama of a battle of the gods. And Merric is forbidden fruit she’s too smart to taste.

Merric, leader of the Tuatha de Danaan warriors, has other plans. Teagan holds the key to salvation, for both him and their worlds, whether she wants to or not. He’ll do whatever it takes to convince her of her duty.

But can he find the key to her heart?



Author Bio:
Marne Ann Kirk grew up wild, exploring the vast high deserts and mountains of the West with her family as a child. Marne Ann loved making up stories and, well, lied about just about everything. Thankfully, she grew out of the lying stage...now she calls it story-telling.
Image of Marne Ann KirkHer debut novel, “Love Chosen: Book One of The Fae Dragon Chronicles,” is available now. “Love Dared: Book Two of The Fae Dragon Chronicles,” is coming soon. “Goddess on the Run,” a paranormal romance, will be available September 17, 2012. You can find out more about Marne Ann through her publisher, Crescent Moon Press, or visit her at: www.marneannkirk.com  or www.cowboysndragonscafe.blogspot.com



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Goodreads: Marne Ann Kirk or http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/5822484.Marne_Ann_Kirk

2 comments:

Mary said...

That's great that you could get inspiration from that encounter.

I live in Las Vegas and know how often these things happen. Glad they didn't get your truck though.

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