Friday, November 16, 2012

Interviewing Characters for My Next Novel

I'm currently in the process of interviewing characters for my next novel, Redemption Falls.

It's been a lot of fun looking for candidates, and I'm still keeping my eyes open for a couple more, but I think I've found my heroine, my hero and two of the subplot characters.

My story begins on the cusp of the Civil War and is set in Minnesota, because, well, where else would it be set?

Here's my heroine (otherwise known as Grace Kelly):
My hero (also known as Jeff Richards from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers):

And a subplot character, the hero's younger sister, Rebecca:

A second subplot character, the hero's friend and a fellow soldier (also known as Jonas Davis, a real soldier with the heroic First Minnesota Regiment):

The characters are coming to life and the plot is taking twists and turns I never even imagined. I can't wait to begin writing this book - but I still need to do some deeper interviewing with my characters and really get under their skin. I'll share more about that in a later post.

For now, what do you think about my character choices? Isn't Grace Kelly stunning? 


  1. Grace Kelly IS stunning! Love her! And I absolutely LOVE 7 Brides for 7 Brothers!!!! Such a great story with some fun dancing!


  2. Ahahaha! Great line, Sherrinda!
    I love your choices, but someone's missing...oh wait, Aragorn wasn't in the Civil War, was he?

  3. Great character choices! I've always loved Grace Kelly.

    I love when our plots take wing! Sounds good!

  4. This along with your comment on my blog today make me wanna sing the June Bride song. And the Spring song. And Bless Your Beautiful Hide. And all the rest, because that show is amazing!! I may need to watch it in the near future...

  5. Sherrinda - Seven Brides for Seven Brothers is one of my all time favorite movies! "I don't know your name, but I'm-a stakin' my claim - lest your eyes is crossed!" (I own the soundtrack!)

    Jennifer - Aragorn - ahh...I plan to write more stories... ;)

    Loree - thanks! I originally had more of the story premise in this blog, but I thought I should wait to share it until I have a better grasp of it myself! Things are changing all the time!

    Lindsay - oh, I'd love to watch it with you! Maybe we can watch it in June when you come to visit - and we can analyze it to find all the My Book Therapy elements!! :)

  6. I loooove Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. I can't wait til June...we are going to have sooo much fun! :)

    Love this post, Gabe, and getting a visual of your new characters!

  7. I'm glad to see you having such fun getting to know your characters, Gabrielle. Wishing you all the best as you embark on your new story.

  8. How fun, Gabrielle! I'm going through a similar process, developing a new story. I love when I find that perfect picture that illustrates my character. :)


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