I am sharing this for my author friend Annamaria Bazzi for her blog tour! Check out her book White Swans: A Regency Era and find out her thoughts on characters!
Thank you so much, Katie, for hosting the seventh stop of my blog tour for White Swans: A Regency Era. I’m happy to be here with your readers and would like to talk a little about characters.
Characters are born in many different ways, it could be because of having observed a person while sipping coffee at a coffee house, or it could come to life because of a dream. Many of my characters pop into my consciousness while I’m sitting at my laptop working on a completely unrelated work.
Kendíka is a good example of this. While I was working on a short story I have yet to publish, she floated into my peripheral, sitting at the window looking at the swans as they swam on a beautiful crystal lake. I stopped writing and wondered why my mind strayed away from the story. I had no answers so I sat and watched this beautiful girl sitting at the window.
For weeks, this creature came into focus, interrupting my concentration. I didn’t quite know what to do with her since it was obvious she didn’t belong in the story I was writing, yet she never bothered to tell me her story until almost a year later.
I remember sitting at the breakfast table, sipping a cup of English Breakfast tea in my favorite Starbucks mug, admiring the buds on my star magnolias. One has pure white flowers the other has a pink tint to them. The yellow forsythia was already in full bloom. Kendíka was scared and didn’t know how she came to be in the strange and antiquated room. Like magic, her story unfolded before my eyes, a movie playing inside my head with pictures so vivid it felt real. I sat at my laptop and recorded everything I saw.
Yes, the stories I write play in my head in Technicolor and 3D most of the time. I kept thinking of an old duke as her guardian, but out of nowhere came young and handsome Charles with a story of his own, pushing aside the idea of the old duke. Strange as it may seem, characters take control of stories. They walk in and out of situations uninvited, surprising me. I like this type of surprise and hopefully so do my readers.
Many argue it’s the author who creates the characters, placing them in a situation they create. I like to clarify, this only happens to authors who sit and outline every event in the novel, knowing who the characters are because they’ve taken the time to build these characters, giving them a distinct personality, physical features, an address, they’ve decided if they’re good students or mediocre. They know in advance, who will live and who will die, and when it will happen. These authors have the knowledge. They are gods. They have created the characters and plotted all the events that will shape the novel.
I have the beginning of a novel because something, about the story that still doesn’t exit, pops into my head, then I sit and wait for the character to tell me the story. As the story starts to unfold, I rationalize an adequate ending that may or may not happen.
I’m not a plotter, I, like the readers, like to be surprised by the characters that dance in my imagination.
Left an orphan, Kendíka cries herself to sleep and startles awake in a Regency castle. Terror consumes her, and she attempts to escape only to discover the new world is her prison. Having no choice, she attends a ball given by her guardian, Lord Deverow, to introduce her into society. He admonishes her to follow the rules and promises to protect her from the wrath of the strange, hazy set of eyes spying on everything. But when she ignores his warning, Kendíka learns firsthand what it means to be disobedient.
Although born in the United States, Annamaria Bazzi spent a great deal of her childhood in Sicily, Italy, in a town called Sciacca. Italian was the language spoken at home. Therefore, she had no problems when she found herself growing up in a strange country.
Upon returning to the states, she promised herself she would speak without an accent.
She attended Wayne State University in Detroit Michigan, where she obtained her Bachelor of Science in Computers with a minor in Spanish.
Annamaria spent twenty years programming systems for large corporations, creating innovative solution, and addressing customer problems. During those years, she raised four daughters and one husband. Annamaria lives in Richmond Virginia with her small family where she now dedicates a good part of her day writing.
You can visit Annamaria at:
https://www.facebook.com/Author.annamariabazzi facebook page
Links to Annamaria’s book
White Swans: A Regency Era
A Simple Matter of Justice
Revelations of Abaddon: