I’m over at Gail Pallotta’s blog today, Peering Through Life’s Window, answering some brand new interview questions, talking about The Nun and the Narc, sharing my favorite Bible verse, and sharing a family cookie recipe. Come join in the fun!
For those of you who can’t make it to the party, here’s a sweet writing tip.
Give your characters depth by giving them a hobby. Does your heroine like to cook or bake or build boats in their basement? I don’t know about you, but I always wonder how Jethro Leroy Gibbs, from the television show NCIS, gets that boat he’s always building out of his basement. I watch the show sometimes just to see if they will ever reveal how he does it.
Even if you don’t portray your characters actually crafting, cooking, gardening, or building, just knowing what they like to do will give them depth. Sister Margaret Mary, the heroine of The Nun and the Narc, likes to garden. She is also pretty handy with frying pan and kitchen utensils–but not in the way you might think.
Romance, intrigue, danger, and inspiration all rolled into a neat package that made for an enjoyable read. I truly liked Maggie and Jed and was rooting for them from page one. The Sister’s skill with a frying pan had me chuckling out loud. Nicely done!