Want to know how I keep characters a bit on the realistic side? I start with a reflection. Not of me, but of someone I know.
True story: I once looked at one of my coworkers, stared deep into his eyes and said, "I killed you last night. felt so good, I'm gonna do it again tonight." he din'tt speak to me for a couple of weeks, which was fine, because he was a douchebag of epic scale.
I meant it, too. I killed him.
Oh, h is body was different. his face was different and he could not possibly have been recognized by the time I was done changing him from the reality to the fictitious character I destroyed in a fountain of blood, but I knew who I was killing. Do you know what he had in common with the character in the book? Mannerisms.
I used him as the springboard for the victim. That poor wretch was modeled not after there person, but after the personality.
More often than not, the characters in my stories are based on a real person. Sometimes on bits and pieces of several people. That is, to me, the easiest way to imagine how that person will talk, will react, will live.
I work retail. I meet a lot of people. The deaths of so many weigh on my shoulders.
James A. Moore
Monday, March 30, 2015
Through the Mirror Darkly
Posted by James A. Moore
I write fiction, a little of everything and a lot of horror. I've written novels, comic books, roleplaying game supplements, short stories, novellas and oodles of essays on whatever strikes my fancy. That might change depending on my mood and the publishing industry. Things are getting stranger and stranger in the wonderful world of publishing and that means I get to have fun sorting through the chaos (with all the other writer-types). I have a website. This isn't it. This is where you can likely expect me to talk about upcoming projects and occasionally expect a rant or two. Not too many rants. Those take a lot of energy. In addition to writing I work as a barista, because I still haven't decided to quit my day job. Opinions are always welcome.