Monday, March 19, 2012

The art of loving your characters to (near) death.

I'm turning my blog over to Chrystalla Thoma. Her book Rex Cresting (The sequel to Rex Rising) was released last week. Today she is going to talk about the art of loving your characters to near death.

I remember the feedback I received on my novel “Rex Rising” the first time I showed it to other people. The consensus was that it was interesting and quite cool – but heck, the poor protagonist, would he make it alive to the end? And how was he walking with all the blood loss and with someone having tried to strangle him? And then being sick? And then shot at? And then chased?


Yeah, I like torturing my characters. Note that the more I like them, the more I tend to hurt them in a great variety of ways and on different levels (physical and mental/emotional). I don’t even want to think about what this could mean about me...

If having Elei be shot at, almost set on fire, chased all over the place by the aerial fleet, be so sick he almost dies and then some in Book 1 (Rex Rising), imagine how Book 2 (Rex Cresting) is... As the title implies, things come to a bloody head in this book, and not only Elei but everyone suffers. A lot.

In fact, if I had my way, they’d have suffered a lot more. If my heroes survive this story it’s all thanks to my wonderful critiquers and beta readers who look at my words, pitifully shake their heads and sigh.

Chrys, they’d say, are you sure you aren’t trying to kill everyone off? And, by the way, I don’t buy even for a second that your protagonist could’ve survived that.

Survive what? The stabbing? The lack of food and water? The constant pain? The bullets?  

But they do have to suffer, in this and in many ways for readers to identify with them (okay, maybe not all the blood...), to suffer alongside with them and then feel the elation in the end when they overcome all the impossible odds and find some sort of redemption and happiness.


And I still haven’t written Book 3, where everything will go to hell... 

Thank you very much for hosting me!


Thanks Chrys! 

Check out the cover to Rex Rising. 

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About Chrystalla:

Chrystalla lives in Cyprus with her husband and her hordes of wild books. She writes fantasy and science fiction and is now starting a non-fiction book about the dragons of the world. She is interested in parasites, ecology, Indian recipes, love in all forms and medieval music, not necessarily in that order. She is currently writing Book 3 of the dystopian sci-fi YA series “Elei’s Chronicles” and a gay sci-fi novel with androids and lots of mayhem.

Mayhem, in fact, is her middle name. You’ve been warned.


Book links (on Amazon Kindle):

Rex Rising
Rex Cresting


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

They survive all that in the movies, don't they?

Michael Offutt, Tebow Cult Initiate said...

I really like the cover artist for this author's books. It's very catching with the ink and/or designs on the cheeks. It seems "tribal".

Chrystalla Thoma said...

Thank you very much for hosting me, Cindy!
Alex, yes, in the movies they do. It's a thin line between what a person can take and survive or die...
Michael, thank you. I made the covers (except for the three lines on the cheek in the second book, done by a friend who also changed the color of the hoodie...) I never thought of it as "tribal" but why not? :)

Jean Davis said...

Gotta love torturing characters. Without it their overcoming the odds at the end wouldn't feel nearly as victorious. :)