If you missed part 1 of my interview with author Carleen Brice, the remedy is just a click away. Carleen is the author of the highly regarded novel Orange Mint and Honey–which was just optioned by Lifetime TV–and has just released her second novel, Children of the Waters. Read a two-chapter excerpt of her new work HERE.
Today, we’ll talk about inspirations, writerly advice, Carleen’s unboxed White Readers Meet Black Authors blog, and more. Enjoy!
Interview with Carleen Brice: Part 2
Q: I read in the endnotes of your book that several characters were based on real acquaintances and family members. How do you go about using real people to develop characters? Which traits do you keep, which do you release, which do you develop? How closely do you adhere to who that person truly is in real life, or does it depend on what you need for the story?
CB: No character ever stays completely the person their based on. I blend traits from different people, and then, as I said, as I work with them, I learn more about the characters so that they become unique.
Q: Also in the endnotes you said:
Writing a book is much like starting a relationship. At the beginning, it’s all hearts and flowers and you’re madly in love with your story. Your story can do no wrong. Until it does.(For me, this is around page 100.) Then you start to notice what a jerk your story really is secretly thinking you can do better. You may even start cheating and work on another story on the side. Whether you give in to temptation or not, this is the moment you have to ask yourself why you thought your story was worth it in the first place. You remind yourself of why you wanted to tell this story and how important it is to you, and, you hope, how important it’ll be to others. Then you stop winking at other stories and focus on this one. You do this over and over and over until publication do you part.
Love this! How, specifically, do you push through the page-100-wanna-cheat bump to recommit to your story? Re-read notes? Re-read the draft? Envision the ending? Meditate? Eat a lot of chocolate? Or just sit down and do it? [Read more…]