Q: Do the characters all come to you at the same time or do some of them come to you as you write?
A: It’s happened several times when I have a short list of characters when I start the outline (just a main few) but as I get to writing the scenes, I realize I need to add some in. For instance, with The Rose and The Lion, I had to add several characters from the town of Levi that would becoming important later. But when I’m in the process of planning, I don’t really think about who exactly is going to have an impact on my characters. I just know there needs to be an interaction and I fill in the blanks later. And my main characters also develop over the course of the plot, some of which I have to just make up on the fly. Like how Belle Clearwater’s favorite book is Anne of Green Gables. It was just a random thought and it plays well into who she is as a woman suffering from anxiety and a daughter who feels alone in the world. But I didn’t start the book knowing that I would add that part in. It just came to me.
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