Q&A and a CONTEST! 

Tuesday, May 03, 2011 1:17:55 PM


Myself and KM Ruiz would love to answer any questions you might have on characters and characterization. So send them in (more than 1 if you want) and don't be shy! We love a good discussion! We'll be posting the collected discussion on May 10 or thereabouts (just in time for Kat's release of her new book MIND STORM!)

Now for the second half of the Q&A that is more the contest.

Everyone who leaves a comment asking a question (and we'll do our best to answer them all) will be automatically entered into a random name chooser and two winners will get a character named after them in one of our novels. The character won't necessarily be a main character, we reserve the right to write the character as we please (meaning, uh, you might be a dead body or a Michael Bay type extra whose only job is to scream and look hot as you run away), but your first name will go into one of our future books. Kat is also giving away 2 copies of her new book!

The finalized discussion piece will go up next week and the contest will close MIDNIGHT MAY 9th (so you'll have all day May 8th).

Thanks and have fun!

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Saturday, May 21, 2011 5:53:58 PM Karin

Hi DM! Thanks for dropping the comment!

The contest is over but to answer your question anyway, I don't get direct inspiration from other people's characters so much as just inspired by how well they're written so I 'make notes' on that and want to be as good with my own characters. :)

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Tuesday, May 17, 2011 5:59:11 PM DM Brady

Being an avid reader of both you, Karin, and CJ Cherryh, I wonder how much inspiration you get for characters from other writers. Does any aspect of someone else's characters speak to you, nudging you in some way? Giving you a germ of idea that grows to be your very own? BTW, I love the complexity of your main characters, their inner conflicts and twisty psyches. Can't wait for your next work.

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Saturday, May 07, 2011 10:08:08 AM Vanessa

How much do characters change when you're actually writing them, from the concept you had  before you started writing? Do they stay the same or do they surprise you by... I don't know suddeny having a dry sort of humor or something? Do you write them strictly as planned? (Uhm, that is one question wrapped in three I guess. ^_^; *strolls back to the forum*)


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Friday, May 06, 2011 1:14:09 PM Karin


Thank you! I'm writing short stories in the universe but no new novel as of now.

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Friday, May 06, 2011 8:21:03 AM Carol

I love your Warchild series. I hope it hasn't ended. Will you be doing more? Soon, I hope. I never want excellent characters to end.

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Tuesday, May 03, 2011 9:04:21 PM Sarah

When dealing with ensembles or teams of characters, do you find it easier to create them individually or as a group? Do you prefer making characters specifically to fill roles, or do you like to create them and then feel out their purpose in the story by how they react with the others?

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Tuesday, May 03, 2011 6:03:09 PM Kelly

 How much do you know about your characters before you start writing? Do you have pages and pages of background and family and personality details? Or do you find out about them as you go?

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Tuesday, May 03, 2011 2:17:06 PM Karin

HA HA One of my favourite characters of all time is named Justin. Check out CJ Cherryh's CYTEEN. ;) Thanks for the question, dude!

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Tuesday, May 03, 2011 1:45:04 PM Justin Szostak

Is there ever a specific reason or meaning behind the names chosen for your main characters? Or do you just go with a name you happened to like at the moment?

(Justin seems like a very "main character of a series of epic sci-fi novels"-ish sort of name, yeah? I'll accept main villain as well, but if there ends up being a leggy blonde named Justine, I'll sue... Kidding, I'd learn to deal with it.) 

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