Guest post – Varsha Dixit author of Wrong Means Right End #TheBookClub

Please welcome author Varsha Dixit on my blog. Varsha’s book Wrong Means Right End is out now. She is here to share her point of view on how to create characters for fiction.
Over to Varsha.
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Character Creation

“An author should know their character intimately, they should know their history, how they would react in a situation, they should know their look and mannerisms down to the smallest facial tick. Yet all of this need not be revealed to the reader.”— Aaron Miles, quote from On Character Construction

Character creation is one of the things that I love most about writing. It is like stepping into my favorite toy store and putting together my dream toy.

Authors create characters. We blow life into them, we make them sane, we make them crazy, we them funny or sad but most of all we them make them – real and unforgettable.

Character creation is the process of knowing your character inside out. For any author it’s important to know all characters like they are were someone you grew up with.

Being an author of four books and having created so many characters, it would be my honor to share with you all my character creation process. Pardon me if I get carried away while describing it, after all it is one of my favorite things about writing. My husband would probably accuse me of having a godlike complex. He could be right . . . or wrong.

Getting back to character creation, I first start by visualizing the features of my main characters– eyes, mouth cheeks, jawline and nose. Then I give them hair, height, style and quirks.

Next they are anointed with ambitions, goals, fear and desires. In the fiction world characters are real. This is a good place to sort of create a character graph for each of your character. What is her or his emotional state at the beginning of the story? Are they driving the plot or is the plot propelling them? How are they going to change as the story progresses?  At climax where will they be and how will they be reacting?

As authors it is our job to create characters that leave readers with an insatiable lust to know them as well we do. Remember characters make or break a story. So make your characters three dimensional, bring them to life in your story and they will return the favor by making your book unforgettable.

I hope you enjoyed the glimpse in the process of character creation. You will see a lot of character chemistry in my upcoming release this August, “Rightfully Wrong Wrongfully Right”. If any of you have questions about writing fiction, please feel free to email me at varsha@varshadixit.com. I will try my best to answer them based on my own writing experiences of nearly a decade.
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Thanks, Varsha for sharing your insight into fictional world characters.

This post is a part of the blog tour of Varsha’s book, Wrong Means Right End being hosted by TBC blog tours.

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Spotlight on The Cure Was Love by Reet Singh #Tornadogiveaway #TheBookClub

If you haven’t heard of the Tornado Giveaway, it’s time you did. It is huge! You can take part in it and support authors while winning free books. What could be better?
I’m spotlighting here The Cure Was Love by Reet Singh. Read https://summeritarhayne.com/2014/10/28/bookreview-the-cure-was-love-by-reet-singh/ and also check out this guest post by Reet Singh at this blog.
Good luck! 🙂

Name of the Book: THE CURE WAS LOVE

Author: Reet Singh

Read some reviews :

1. Adite Banerjie

2. Devika Fernando

3. Ruchi Singh

The Story :

For three months, Simi Gill gets to do what she loves – train to be a doctor and learn more about medicine. As a bonus, she gets to forget about the shallow boyfriend who dumped her, and worse, who hurt her. Living it up in New York, far from her home in India, she is saved by the delicious Rudy Bhatnagar, not once, but two times in one night!

A talented surgeon with a heart of gold, Rudy can’t stop himself from thinking about Simi Gill. He tries very hard – for having had his heart broken before, he’s not sure he can risk it again. But fate has other plans. Thrown together by bizarre circumstances, they survive booze and babysitting with aplomb. Will they realize they’re perfect for each other or will they let precious love slip through their fingers?

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About The Author 


 

Reet Singh 

Reet has a romantic soul, partly genetic but certainly attributable to the romantic fiction she devours by the kilo. When she’s not watching romcoms, or doing creative things with wool and a crochet hook, or playing Scrabble, she can be found in the kitchen putting together her ‘world-famous’ one-pot meals.
Married for three decades, her prototypical tall, handsome, and sensitive hero-husband still makes her heart skip a beat. Writing about love and happy endings feeds her romantic soul; hearing from her readers thrills her.
Having a mother that read to her, she paid it forward, telling bedtime stories to her sons and nieces until they grew too old too fast. As a reaction to them growing up before she knew what was happening, she began writing for older children, and has published children’s books on Amazon, for Kindle.
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Author Interview – Yamini Vijendren

Hi folks, today I have Yamini Vijendren on my blog. Let us get to know her through this interview.

Are you a genre writer? Why (or why not)? Which genre appeals to you the most?

I do not generally write keeping a genre in mind. However, I find it most comfortable to write romance or drama, rather than a thriller or comedy. I guess that is thanks to my own emotional make-up. While reading too, I tend to gravitate more towards romance and drama than anything else.

What makes this book special to you?

The protagonist of this book has shades of me, as, I suppose, is usual with most of the first time writers. She also has been sketched based on my mother’s and paternal aunt’s youth, from the stories they used to tell me and from the images I have formed out of those stories.

A brief description of the book and its main characters.

Full Circle is the story of love, lost in youth and found in the golden years. However, given the way the Indian mind is conditioned, accepting love in old age is something we are not very accustomed too. So how my protagonists overcome their own inhibitions to take the plunge, after all these years, is what Full Circle is about. The main character in my book is Malini. A docile beauty in youth, Malini is a typical traditional Tamil Brahmin girl, who dares to dream of finding her own love, but is unable to pursue it against the strict dictums of her father and her community. With age, however, comes the wisdom and the broadening of outlook, due to which she decides to go in search of what she lost when she was young.

What are your writing fads or quirks?

Somehow, for me a writing desk never works. Although I fantasize having a proper, organized desk, most of the days I end up sitting on my couch, with my legs propped up on the foot rest, a cushion behind my back and the laptop on my lap.

What’s your take on these writing dilemmas? (Please specify the reason for your choice)
1) plotter or pantser

I am definitely a plotter. My plot brews for sometime inside my mind before I start putting it down in words.

2) self publish or traditional

Both have their own pros and cons, although self-publishing is here to stay. I guess having your book accepted by a big publishing house and gaining their backing is a great experience in itself, and that would definitely be my first preference.

3) Polished first draft or sloppy one?

Well not entirely sloppy, but my first draft usually takes the course my mind envisions, whether it is logical or not. The course corrections, reasoning and logic etc. come later.

4) Deadline or family time

I try not to stock up work and end up with such a dilemma as much as possible. However, it depends on what is more important at that point of time. Today is my son’s birthday, but I also want to be talking to you all about my writing. So here I am, sitting up in the wee hours of morning to pen down my responses before I get busy with the birthday preparations.

5) Writing a certain target everyday or in floods and droughts

The former is what I wish for, the latter is what I end up doing.

What’s your favourite wish as a reader?

To read an Indian mythological fiction that makes sense and is also well written. I was completely taken in by the concept of the Meluha series, but the writing left a lot to be desired.

Anything else you’d like to share with us?

I am but a book and a few stories old. I have just started the journey and have a long way to go. In fact, I believe, being an author is not a destination, but a journey in itself. It is the support of my readers and followers that keeps me motivated and pushes me onwards in this journey, and I am immensely thankful to everyone for that.

 

Thanks for sharing your experiences with us.
This post is a part of the book tour for Yamini being hosted by TheBook Club Tours. Check out other posts in the schedule below.

 

Full Circle 
by 
Yamini Vijendran
 

 

The Blurb
 Outwardly, Malini is a contented, sixty-something grandmother with a loving family and everything a person could wish for. But Malini has lived her entire life with a secret confined to the deepest recesses of her heart.



Haunted by the past, she travels to Kumbakonam, her native town, which she had left years ago. There, she comes face-to-face with her long-lost love.



After forty years, will Malini be able to reclaim her own life, when love comes knocking at her door once again?

 
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Meet the Author


 

Yamini Vijendran (@saimini) is the author of ‘Full Circle’, a romance novella published by Indireads. After being a Software Professional for 7 years, Yamini has been freelancing from home for the past 3 years. She loves to dabble in fiction and romance and drama are her favorite genres. Her short stories have been published in ‘Love Stories That Touched My Heart’, an Anthology published by Penguin India, New Asian Writing and Six Sentences. Yamini also likes to pen poems when inspiration strikes, and her poetry has been published in The Indian Review, Contemporary Literary Review of India and ‘A World Rediscovered’ a poetry Anthology by Cyberwit Publications. Yamini draws material for her stories and poems from the world around her. When she is not converting her experiences to stories or poems, Yamini reads, plays with her toddler, and fools around her laboratory, that is, the kitchen.
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Blog tour for Against All Rules via #TheBookClub

Rubina Ramesh of the Book Club is hosting a blog tour for Against All Rules.

Sharing a review from Shalini.

She says, “Looking for a fresh and exotic read with deep emotions? This is way more than that!”

http://taleoftwotomatoes.wordpress.com/2014/10/14/against-all-rules-book-review/?utm_medium=twitter&utm_source=twitterfeed

Check out other blog posts for the book. The schedule is here

http://thebcsch.blogspot.in/2014/10/schedule-for-against-all-rules-by.html?m=1
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