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Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Reality Bending with Colleen Coble

Reality Bending

Okay, I admit it. My characters are real. No really. They have to be real or they wouldn’t take over the story the way they do. I can be typing along with a destination for my character in mind. The next thing I know she’s off doing something I had NO IDEA would happen. Before I was a writer, I heard authors say crazy stuff like that and thought it was a publicity ploy. Um, no. It’s real. Characters have minds of their own, and I often can’t fathom them.

The very best characters live on it in the minds of readers. My readers’ favorite character is Bree from the Rock Harbor series. She eats pistachios and has a search-and-rescue dog. She is crazy about Elvis music. She lives in a restored lighthouse on Superior’s south shore. I had so many requests for more books about her that I recently had to write another one that will be out in February called Cry in the Night. I’d intended to write a normal murder mystery and embroil her in it. She and I had no idea where the story would head once I got started. Bree is in big personal trouble. Very big personal trouble that threatens her son and her marriage. Poor girl.

See, she is a real person that I feel sorry for. That didn’t keep me from putting her in terrible difficulties, but I did feel a twinge of regret. And really, part of the trouble is her own fault. She veered off into new directions and I had no choice but to follow. She can’t blame me for the mess she’s made of everything. I told her I was washing my hands of it all.

Now you see why authors are thought to be a little demented. We talk to people in our heads. Mostly because we’re alone all day with a computer and it’s talk to our characters or to ourselves. I recently went on a big author bus tour. It was a luxury bus with 26 other authors, most of them romance writers, put on by Levy and Meijer Supercenters. Great fun! I had almost forgotten how to talk to real people, but it’s like riding a bicycle and it soon came back to me. The good news is that we were all a little twisted and could talk about our characters like they really exist.

And the weird thing is, we all KNOW they do.
*Leave a comment to Colleen's post for your chance to win a copy of LONESTAR SANCTUARY!*


WK said...

Thank you Colleen for being here today!!! I can't wait for Bree's new story. I love Bree and Samson, but I have to say personally I'd love to see another Fire Dancer story.

Great post!!!


CherryBlossomMJ said...

So many times I have talked to someone about a book I read and talked about the characters and what they did and who they are. I have been told that I get into books too much as if they are real, but that is what makes a good book to me, when a character comes to life for me and I can then see them doing similar things that fit with their personality in my thoughts or dreams. I love it. I have really been wanting to read Colleen's book. Please count me in as an entry.

cherryblossommj(at)gmail [dot] com

Anonymous said...

Look forward to reading more from you.

Lori said...

Lonestar Sanctuary looks really good!

Deborah said...

i love colleen's books, she's an author i always have to read as soon as a new one comes out. please enter me!

ladystorm said...

I haven't read one of Colleen's books and I have heard really good things about them so I would love to be entered into the drawing for a chance to get my hands on one. :)


~Ley said...

Another Bree book?! YaY! And are you trying to tell me that some people think the characters aren't real? No way! They're all crazy. o_O

Colleen Coble said...

Glad you all are as crazy as me!

Jo said...

I have been wanting to read Colleen's books so count me in for the drawing.


Stacey said...

I'm a big fan of Bree and Samson, too. I ADORE Colleen's work! Please count me in for the contest. Thanks.


catslady said...

I have to admit I haven't read Colleen's books (as yet) but I think it's fascinating when authors really talk to their characters because I have to really care about them or I don't enjoy even the best of plots.

catslady5 at aol.com

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