Today is the start of a five day event here on Treasured Tales for Young Adults, where authors will be talking about their upcoming novels in a series of guest posts.
Wendy Higgins, author of Sweet Evil, has stopped by Treasured Tales today to talk about her two main characters: Anna and Kaidan. Welcome to Treasured Tales, Wendy. 😀
~ Guest Post ~
In the seven weeks it took me to write the first draft of Sweet Evil, I was completely lost to my two main characters, Anna and Kaidan. They took over my mind. Every song that came on the radio, I heard through their ears. Every person who walked by, I saw through their eyes. And in case you’re wondering, Kai likes to listen to his music loud. Very loud. And he can pretty much find something attractive about any person, while Anna tends to concentrate on their emotional states. Needless to say, it was hard to concentrate on real life. My house was a wreck and I barely slept. I even lost weight. But it was awesome–like a seven week adrenaline rush.
I’ve wished I could feel that way again, but unfortunately that kind of insane inspiration has not returned to me for subsequent writings, at least not at that level of intensity. I think that time was necessary in order for me to really get to know my characters. Both of them are about as opposite as they come. Anna is easier for me because I had many of the same traits as her when I was sixteen. I understand her sensitive thoughts and her naïve reactions. But Kai is a different story.
Kaidan Rowe keeps his deepest thoughts and desires to himself. His complexity was, and is, difficult to write. On the surface he needs to come across as tough, confident, sometimes crass, and always sexy. But underneath all that is something else…something we only get through hints and glimpses. And choosing when he’d reveal things, and how much he’d show, was a challenge. Kai causes me no end of tweaks and revisions. Though he never verbalizes his feelings, I hope readers will have a true sense of him by the end of Sweet Evil. I hope people will be able to see the person he is and the person he wishes to be. The deepest desires of these two characters, after all, is the heart of the story. I hope you’ll let them take over your mind and feel them as strongly as I do. They will take you on quite a ride. 🙂
Thank you for the guest post Wendy.
Don’t Anna and Kaidan sound like fantastic characters? Are you looking forward to meeting them when Sweet Evil is released on the 1st May 2012?
After earning a B.A. in Creative Writing from George Mason University and a M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Radford, Wendy Higgins taught high school English until becoming a mommy.
Writing Young Adult (YA) stories gives her the opportunity to delve into the ambiguities of those pivotal, daunting, and exciting years before adulthood.
She lives in Northern Virginia with her husband, daughter, and son.
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