I am deep into the very fun part of a new WIP. It's a middle-grade post-apocolyptic horse girl adventure set right here in the Appalachian mountains. Though I love my new protagonist, she still has much to learn in life. However, I am so in love with two supporting characters that are not even in the story yet, they are all I can think about.
One of the characters is deaf and I can't wait to write him. I love dialogue. Dialogue is one of my strengths, yet I am giving myself a character who will not use words to communicate. This guy is a nod to my first cousin, who is deaf in real life and I feel blessed every day that I had the great fortune to grow up with him. In the next chapter I write he comes to life and I cannot wait for the challenge.
The other character is the deaf boy's father and he is a hoot. He's a collector. Of things, words, dogs, and people. He's crusty and gnarly and missing teeth, but I am totally in love with this guy.
So here's the question - WHAT MAKES YOU FALL COMPLETELY IN LOVE WITH ONE OF YOUR CHARACTERS? IS IT THEIR BEHAVIOR, THEIR HABITS, THE CHALLENGE OF WRITING THEM? DO THEY COME TO YOU IN YOUR DREAMS AND WHISPER THEMSELVES TO LIFE?
For me, this process of falling in love, is what wakes me up in the morning and gets me quickly to my computer to write them real. I can't wait to hear your answers. And Welcome! It's nice to know you!