I think it’s important to understand that although I write fiction, there is power in words. How we show our main characters, how we portray the way they handle conflict, the way they step up or slide away from problems in their world is important. To not just show true characterization but also offer a way forward in real life situations.
It’s important to give the characters values that leave a positive impact on the reader and their view of the world around them. It’s a tough world out there right now. And most readers dive into books in order to escape their troubles. They don’t want to be hit over the head with someone else’s moral or ethical compass but they need to see the character’s potential. And see her struggle. See her climb up and over what nightmare has happened in her world. So that they can see their own world might get better one day too.
That’s a scenario that we can all relate to. There is no easy street for most of us. And in a book that would be incredibly boring. We need to drag our characters from one crisis to another to see how they react, how they are challenged and how they rise to the occasion.
I love to see heroines that step up. Heroes that act with honor. That they know how to apologize and yet don’t give in when they are in the right. Heroines that aren’t doormats and if they were, ones that can grab up their courage and change their circumstances and therefore their entire life.
There are enough problems out there in the real world. Let’s give our readers characters they can admire, respect and want to see again and again.
Happy readers make for happy authors!
About the Author:
Dale Mayer is a prolific multi-published writer. She’s best known for her Psychic Vision Series. Besides her romantic suspense/thrillers, Dale also writes paranormal romance and crossover young adult books in different genres.
To go with her fiction, she writes nonfiction in many different fields with books available on resume writing, companion gardening and the US mortgage system.