Thursday, December 6, 2012

Guestpost: Cherry Adair - Secrets to turn a character from cardboard to 3-D

Secrets to turn a character from cardboard to 3-D 
By Cherry Adair, author of ICE COLD 

     Writing interesting characters – making them three dimensional- is the very heartbeat of a good story. Even if one’s plot is ho hum, if your reader connects with your characters you’ll keep them turning pages (and lining up to buy your next book and the next).

     My first step in building an interesting character is their name. It shouldn’t be something unpronounceable with lots of letters and no vowels, or something so unusual that every time it’s on the page it slows down the reader as their brain stumbles over the unfamiliar. We don’t want readers spending the entire book trying to figure out how to pronounce a name.

     I always give my main character’s a first, middle and last name. (What does their mother yell when she’s mad at them? lol) Even if you never use that middle name, you should know it. As soon as I name a character, I want to know what other people in the book are going to call them. Is it a nickname? A pet name? Is one character the only person that calls her by this particular name when everyone calls her something else? Do they like the name, hate the name, call themselves by another name?

     Next find an image. I tend not to use celebrities because they already have characteristics I know. I look for a fresh face, a blank canvas, so my characters are mine, all mine.

     Next I give them a birthday. I don’t allow myself to think about it, or read astrological signs – Do this fast. I just tell myself this characters birthday is March 21st 1992. Done. I do this for each major character, and that includes villains (it doesn’t have to be a mustache twirling bad guy – it could be the hero’s mother-in-law.) All the main characters have a birthday. Day, month and year. The most important thing with birthdays is you can not change it once you chose it! No matter what.

     Once you have a birthday, research that astrological sign and you’ll see who your person is. Pick three to five character traits, and use at least once in every scene that character is in. No matter who’s POV you’re in. If the person is on the page, make sure they have characteristics individual to them. If this is who you want, you’re golden. You have all their characteristics under their sun sign, and you’re ready to write. What is the astrological sign isn’t who you want your character to be? Snoopy dance! But I love it when I inadvertently end up with a person I didn’t want, and have no desire to write. This is striking gold! (remember, no changing birthdays). If you have a meek and mild astrological sign, when the character you want is a kick butt, fire sign, then you need to go into their backstory and see what changed them from meek, to fire. Give them life experiences, learning curves, lessons in their past, things that have changed them (for better or worse). Make them who you want them to be, but be sure to motivate those changes.

About the Book:

     T-FLAC operative Rafael Navarro will never allow another woman to suffer the consequences of his dangerous life. But in a world where a terrorist can do more damage with a keyboard than a bomb, he needs the expert help of a cyber-geek. And fast.

     Fellow operative, and cybercrimes specialist Honey Winston prefers computers to people. But when a serial bomber threatens the world’s financial infrastructure, she’s forced to work closely with Navarro, whose notorious skill in the bedroom is as legendary as his dexterity defusing bombs.

     Honey and Rafael must fight sparks hot enough to melt their resolve, and push beyond fear itself, as they join forces in a bid to race the clock before a sinister and lethal bomber proves just how much they both have to lose.

     T-FLAC is back, and the timer is counting down in the most pulse-pounding explosive op yet!

Book Trailer:

About the Author: 

     New York Times bestselling author Cherry Adair’s innovative action-adventure novels have appeared on numerous bestsellers lists, won dozens of awards and garnered praise from reviewers and fans alike. With the creation of her kick butt counterterrorist group, T-FLAC, years before action adventure romances were popular, Cherry has carved a niche for herself with her sexy, sassy, fast-paced novels. She loves to hear from readers.

Her latest book is the romantic suspense novel, Ice Cold.

Visit Cherry Adair’s website at

Cherry Adair Interview:

Tour Schedule:

Monday, October 15

Interview at Literarily Speaking

Tuesday, October 16

Guest Blogging at The Writer’s Life

Book Feature & Book Giveaway at Riverina Romantics

Wednesday, October 17

Interview at Blogcritics

Thursday, October 18

Interview at Examiner

Friday, October 19

Book Review at My Reading Table

Monday, October 22

Monday, November 5

Book Review & Book Giveaway at Minding Spot

Tuesday, November 6

Book Review at SOS Aloha

Wednesday, November 7

Book Review at Life in Review

Thursday, November 8

Book Review at Love to Read for Fun

Friday, November 9

Book Review at Socrates Book Reviews

Monday, November 12

Book Featured at Butterfly-O-Meter Books

Tuesday, November 13

Interview & Book Giveaway at Reading Reality

Wednesday, November 14

Book Review at Butterfly-O-Meter Books

Thursday, November 15

Book Review at Smitten with Reading

Friday, November 16

Book Review & Guest Blogging at Herding Cats & Burning Soup

Monday, November 19

Book Review at Under the Boardwalk

Tuesday, November 20

Book Review at Little Library Muse

Wednesday, November 21

Book Review at Inside BJ’s Head

Thursday, November 22

Interview & Book Giveaway at Laurie’s Non-Paranormal Thoughts & Reviews

Friday, November 23

Book Review at Moonlight Lace & Mayhem

Tuesday, November 27

Book Review at From the TBR Pile

Thursday, November 29

Guest Blogging & Book Giveaway at Darlene’s Book Nook

Monday, December 3

Book Review at Reviews by Molly

Tuesday, December 4

Guest Blogging at The Book Vixen

Book Review & Interview at Keeping Up With the Rheinlanders

Wednesday, December 5

Book Review at Bunny’s Reviews

Book Review at Ashley’s Bookshelf

Thursday, December 6

Guest Blogging at The Paperback Pursuer

Book Review at Books-n-Kisses

Friday, December 7

Book Review at Sara’s Organized Chaos

Monday, December 10

Tuesday, December 11

Guest Blogging at Donna’s Blog Home

Wednesday, December 12

Book Review at Donna’s Blog Home

Thursday, December 13

Friday, December 14

Book Review at Celtic Lady’s Reviews
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