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Friday, September 22, 2017

Guest Post: Moribund by Genevieve Iseult Eldredge @GirlyEngine

Welcome author Genevieve Iseult Eldredge to Full Moon Bites for her post, How to Make Your Characters Believable. Read on below for more about her novel Moribund.


My best advice for making a character believable, whether she is a hero or a villain or just a fleeting character, is to focus on the universal emotions of that character. Go deep into that character’s mind and find that one overriding motivation—the universal emotion—that drives them.
Universal emotions like love, hate, jealousy, fear, hope, anger, mercy, sorrow are things everyone has experienced, no matter who they are or where they come from. We’ve all been angry. We’ve all felt sad or hopeless. We’ve all felt joy, elation, jealousy, love, hatred. As humans, we all have all those emotions in common.
That’s why universal emotions make the strongest building blocks for believable characters. Because, really, it’s not about creating believable characters, it’s about creating relatable characters.
No one believes a man could shoot lasers out of his eyes like Superman, but we can all relate to feeling out of place, like we don’t belong, the way Clark Kent probably felt as a kid. That’s why we can relate to him—because we’ve all felt that way at least once in our lives.
Likewise, believable, relatable characters don’t wake up thinking, “I’m going to save the world today!” or “I’m going to destroy the world today!” That’s strictly the purview of cartoons. More often, the heroine’s—and even the villainess’s—motivations are far simpler, far smaller, far deeper.
Take Rey from Star Wars: The Force Awakens, for instance. She doesn’t set out to save the galaxy or even to become a Jedi. What she wants is a family, to belong, to have a home. Acceptance and love. Who doesn’t want that? And it’s that very want and need that leads her to protect BB-8. Because she relates to being alone and adrift in the world.
And THAT leads her to save the galaxy. She gets there, sure, but she doesn’t START there.
That’s what makes her a great heroine or villainess—you can relate to what she wants and needs. So, tap into those universal emotions when creating your characters. Let those emotions motivate and drive them. And when in doubt, go deeper, go smaller, go simpler. Love, hate, jealousy, hope, mercy, sorrow… Like the old saying claims. It’s the small things that matter. 

Moribund
Genevieve Iseult Eldredge
(Circuit Fae #1)
Published by: Monster House Books
Publication date: September 12th 2017
Genres: LGBTQ+, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult

Dark Fae. Romance. Evil Plots. High school. Our heroines could be in for the greatest adventure ever.
If only they could decide whether to kill or kiss each other.
High school sophomore Syl Skye is an ordinary girl. At least, she’s trying to be. School photographer and all-around geek, she introverts hard and keeps her crush on sexy-hot glam-Goth alt-rock star Euphoria on the down-low. But when a freak accident Awakens her slumbering power, Syl is forced to accept a destiny she never wanted—as the last sleeper-princess of the fair Fae.
Suddenly hunted by the dark Fae, Syl’s pretty sure things can’t get any worse. Until she discovers her secret crush, Euphoria, is really a dark Circuit Fae able to harness the killing magic in technology. Even worse, she’s been sent to destroy Syl.
With mean girls and magic and dark Fae trying to kill her, it’ll take more than just “clap if you believe in fairies” to save Syl’s bacon—not to mention, her heart.
Perfect for readers of romance, urban fantasy, fairy stories and LGBT.


Author Bio:
Raised by witches and dragons in the northern wilds, GIE writes angsty urban fantasy YA romance--where girls who are mortal enemies kick butt, take names, and fall in love against all odds.
She enjoys long hikes in the woods (where better to find the fair folk?), believing in fairies (in fact, she's clapping right now), dancing with dark elves (always wear your best shoes), being a self-rescuing princess (hello, black belt!), and writing diverse books about teenage girls finding love, romance, and their own inner power.
She might be planning high tea at the Fae Court right now.
GIE is multi-published, and in her role as an editor has helped hundreds of authors make their dream of being published a reality.




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2 comments:

  1. Thanks for hosting today, Holly! :)

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  2. Thanks so much for hosting me and MORIBUND on your wonderful blog! I truly appreciate it! <3

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