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.


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

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

  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.

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

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

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

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

  8. @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!

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

  10. Heehee. I think I like her already!

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

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

  13. @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.

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

  15. 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

  16. 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!

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

  18. @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!

  19. 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.

    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!