I'm frustrated... this was scheduled to post at 8am this morning but as you can tell it didn't happen...
celebrate the UPRISING Blog Tour, Jessica Therrien is stopping by today to explain who she based her character off of and some of them became about. I had a blast getting to know her a little better and hope
you do too!
Hey Dani’s blog buddies. I’m Jessica Therrien, author of the Children of the Gods series. I’m here to
talk about building characters using real people. I’m a big believer in the
concept: write what you know. Not
only do I base characters off of people in my life, but I use my own memories and
feelings as well.
When I started writing my Children
of the Gods series it was just for fun. I never imagined anyone else would
see it, so I based my main character on myself. Basing Elyse on myself was the
easiest way for me to write. Throughout the process, Elyse became the best and
worst parts of me.
I remember reading in Bird
by Bird that the most important thing you can do is write the truth. I
interpreted that as writing a character as they truly are, not how a reader
wants them to be. Elyse isn’t perfect. She’s timid, a little naïve, reckless
and irrational, but she’s determined and strong when it comes to those she
The result has been both good and bad. Readers have very strong
opinions about Elyse. Some good. Some bad. What’s important though, is that she
makes people feel something. Anger over her choices, irritation at her
recklessness, or compassion for her as she overcomes her struggles. In life, people
are flawed. It’s unrealistic to write a character who does everything right or
has no weaknesses. So, despite the fact that I sometimes get my feelings hurt
when people don’t like something about her, I still stand by my decision to
make her as real as possible. Using myself as the basis was the best way to do
A lot of my other characters are based on people in my life as
well. Eventually all of my characters grow into their own, but in the beginning
it’s always someone I know. Anna was based on my best friend, William was based
on my husband, etc. It’s fun to use real people to create characters. It makes
them more authentic, and honestly…it’s a lot easier. Besides, my husband gets a
kick out of all the girls who fall for William.
Thank you for having me on your blog, Dani! It’s
been fun J
It was my pleasure Jessica! Thanks for stopping by on the last day of your busy tour!