Saturday, December 21, 2013

Saturday Chocolate Cafe Chat with Erica Vetsch

We're having some fun this morning with Heartsong and Barbour author, Erica Vetsch.  Pull up a chair for some Red Velvet Chocolate Swirl Cheesecake and join us as we talk about characters.

If you could pick one of your most memorable characters, who would you pick and why is she memorable? 
The character I would choose is: Meghan Thorson, because she is such a crusader. When she latches onto an idea or a cause, she is passionate and active, a doer rather than a talker...though she talks a lot too. :)

Great characteristic of a memorable character - passion!!

What's one bit of advice about character development would you like to pass along?

I try to give my characters a hobby or interest to add some depth and realism. Something they collect, or something they are particularly good at. Hobbies like rock collecting or playing the piano or woodcarving or collecting music boxes. Most people have something they are interested in or a hobby they enjoy, and oftentimes, you can connect with a group of readers who share the same interest.

Character quote for today:

“Plot is no more than footprints left in the snow after your characters have run by on their way to incredible destinations.”
―   Ray Bradbury

3 comments:

Julia M. Reffner said...

Great post, Erica and Pepper. I love the idea of connecting with your readers through their hobbies. This book has been on my reads list for a while and now I'm even more excited to read it.

Mary Vee said...

Hi Erica!
Giving your character a hobby to add realism is a great idea. These hobbies usually play a great role in the story as well adding troubles, answers, and downright fun.
I hope other readers get to meet you if they haven't already. For those who don't know Erica, she had a fabulous smile and is a warm and friendly person.
Loved having you with us on the Alley today, Erica.

Sherrinda Ketchersid said...

I'm late!!! I left at 7am this morning and drove 4 hours with my husband to Austin to move my daughter's things into her new apartment! Got back around 7 pm tonight. Whew! I'm beat!

Erica, I love your idea for giving your characters a hobby! That's brilliant! So many possibilities...do you try out the hobbies you give your characters??? ;)