Monday, January 23, 2012

Favorite Character Contest




I'm participating in a blogfest in which I get to highlight one of my favorite characters I've ever written.

If that isn't a hard enough decision... I'm not at all good at picking favorites. My kids always ask me what's my favorite movie/song/food/color/... I can never choose!

Anyway, I've decided for this fest to go with Scarlett: a blind girl who has been kidnapped from London. What's been fun about writing Scarlett is that she speaks with a lot of British colloquialisms. She's a small girl with a big personality.

Here are a few of her lines:

"All parents are berks."

"We're here to gen up, savvy?"

"Pull yer finger out."

And the always classic, "Right you are, Guv'nah."

She makes a fun contrast to the stoic American kid who's trying to help her.

Thanks for stopping by and if you follow me, I will always return the favor!

*Click on the button above for full details and to sign up. You could win a critique from Melanie Billings, Acquisitions Editor at Whiskey Creek Press and other cool prizes.

22 comments:

  1. LOL, great lines. It's always fun when your characters are so different from each other.

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  2. I already like Scarlett! I'm a sucker for witty Brits.

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  3. @Charity: Yeah, she's pretty fun and crazy.

    @Christine: They crack me up. I often wonder if Brits get as much of a laugh out of our quirks as we do with them.

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  4. Oh they do. My Grandfather was once upon a time from England and he never stopped smiling at the Kiwi accent.

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  5. I love those lines. I'd like to know more.

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  6. i'd like to know more about this cheeky lass!
    great lines =)

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  7. I can relate - I'm short on stature but tall on personality...

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  8. CAN'T WAIT FOR THAT BOOK.

    And nice tabs.

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  9. @Gyran: I used to live in London for a bit. But I don't remember any kids saying, "Mum, listen to how good my American accent is." like my kids do to me when practicing their British.

    @Donna: Thanks! It was fun to write them.

    @Tara: Thanks. And yes, she's cheeky and fun.

    @sue: It really does seem like sometimes the biggest personalities come in the small packages.

    @Brooke: Only one more year and a half and it will be on your shelf. Huzzah!

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  10. Definitely would like to know more! ...blind girl kidnapped from London? C'mon! Don't tease us with such a small bite of information!

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  11. Heehee. I think I like her already!

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  12. Haha, I love the dialogue (who doesn't love british colloquialisms?) She sounds like an awesome character.

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  13. Very spunky! You've got me imagining how a stoic American would deal with a pistol like Scarlett. (^__~)

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  14. @1000th.monkey: It's a fun little romantic suspense novel for YA and Scarlett is loads of fun.

    @Angie: Thanks. She's easy to like.

    @Morgan: Thanks. I've been watching a lot of British sit-coms to make sure I get it right.

    @Keru: She is pretty spunky, but also vulnerable, and that's why the stoic American steps up and tries to help her. Thanks for stopping by.

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  15. I love Scarlett. Especially her pink hair ;-)

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  16. Now I'm interested in checking out your writings! I love MG/YA, and I love British characters. I really like your Scarlett!

    I just now saw your comment on Tamara Hart Heiner's blog and came over to meet you. (Tamara and I are both published by WiDo.) I grew up in Utah; lived with my first husband in Orem through the drought of 1976-77. No snow all year in the valleys or mountains. It was spooky. Now it looks like it's doing it again!
    Ann Best, Author of In the Mirror & Other Memoirs

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  17. I love it! Love her lines. And I know what you mean. I have a British...creature in my WIP and it was so fun researching British slang. Great job!

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  18. She has a strong personality that comes shining through! Great job.

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  19. @Yamile: Thanks! ;)

    @Ann: So nice to meet you. Thanks for stopping by! I really hope the snow comes so we don't have a drought year!

    @Erin: A british creature sounds really interesting and a lot of fun!

    @Kristy: Thanks! it's always the quirky characters that are the most fun to write.

    @Lisa: Thanks!

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  20. I know what you mean about picking favorites. As you know I love to write horror and zombie stories but I have found that slasher stories are way easier to write. HAHA It almost makes me wonder if I even know what my favorite is!! Great post by the way and the character sounds amazing. I have just recently begun following your blog and it seems that your character choices are quite amazing. Very cool.

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    1. Thanks T.J. This is from a suspense book, but not nearly as creepy as the story I just read on your blog. :) And thanks for following!

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