A Writer’s Thought Process
Today I’m going to do a scary thing.
I’m going to let you in on my mind, my thought process.
Don’t worry, it’s fairly harmless. Promise! But sometimes it’s fun to give a little insight as to how certain characters were created and why they are who they are.
So today, I’m going to talk about one of my most recent intriguing and reader-loved characters, Nola Monroe.
Nola Monroe is an heiress, and she’s the twin sister of Lizette Monroe.
This year, I debuted my new series (Yeah, ANOTHER new series) Winning Your Heart. Last year, the opportunity came up for the Luck of the Draw boxed set. The theme was a big win. Could be a sweepstakes, could be the lottery. As long as the characters won in a big way.
My mind raced with ideas. I bounced back and forth.
Aha! I came up with an idea that I’ve always wanted to write- twins switching places.
So, Nola won a sweepstakes, but couldn’t go. She begged Lizette to take her place.
Now here’s where the thinking really began. I needed a very good reason why Nola couldn’t go. Sending her sister on a much needed vacation after her jerk-face of an ex slandered her name and broke up with her on national TV just didn’t feel real enough. Not when Nola’s childhood best friend, who happens to be sponsoring the sweepstakes, comes into play.
That’s how Nola Monroe became a character who was a prisoner inside her home.
She has agoraphobia.
And being an heiress, the Monroe twins are in the spotlight more than they ever cared to be. Their father created a legacy with Monroe Industries.
Nola and Lizette lost their parents within three weeks ago, and Nola is unable to handle it. She hasn’t left her house in over a year.
That’s reason enough to send her sister. Plus the whole ex thing. It’s a good escape. Nola never expected to win, and why put a good trip to waste? Especially one to Paris!
The Monroe twins have fast become a hit. I knew going in with Lizette’s story in So Unlike Me that Nola would have to have her own. I can’t write about one twin and not the other, especially when giving Nola an interesting history with agoraphobia. So much for that intended stand-alone.
I knew this series would be fun and interesting. I did not anticipate the amazing response so far to this series or the characters. It’s now become one of my highest rated series so far. I have a tendency to tackle different subjects in my books, and having an agoraphobic character would prove to be an interesting challenge. Nola’s story follows in book 2, Forbidden Shelter, and it dives into her battle with agoraphobia. Her difficult personality and back story all started because I needed ONE good reason to have her switch places with her twin, because THAT was the story I wanted to write in So Unlike Me.
So there you have it. A little thought process in a crazy writer’s brain.
Fellow authors, share a little about how one of your most challenging and intriguing characters came about! Inquiring minds want to know!
And here’s a little more on the Winning Your Heart series with twin sisters Lizette and Nola Monroe.
No matter where she goes, USA Today Bestselling author Nikki Lynn Barrett hears voices in her head. Instead of calling her crazy and locking her up, her family realizes it’s just a product of being an author and allows her to write the stories so that the voices shut up.
But they don’t. And probably never will. There’s no need to lock her up, Nikki knows she’ll never escape the voices, not until each and every last story is written. And for every story she writes, about ten or more ideas pop up.
When she isn’t slaving away at her computer writing books that will probably make you cry and keep you in suspense, Nikki plots to take over the world one book at a time. What? It’s a sickness. One she can’t escape!
Books aren’t her only addiction, though. Nikki can be found making up parodies to drive her son crazy, and bantering back and forth with her husband, who somehow manages to steal her away from the fictional world she lives in all the time.
Nikki lives in Arizona with her husband and son, where she can be found using every creativity outlet she can find through music, photography, handcrafted things, and random interests that she may pick up from time to time.
If you want to learn more about the author who makes people cry for a living, check her out at www.nikkilynnbarrett.com