As writers we tend to put most of our energy into building our protagonist and antagonist, and not our secondary characters. These characters are just as important as your main ones.
In fact there have been people who have read our books and tell us how much they love Jack or Wood. Now that's not saying they don't love Stevie, it's just those two characters are fun ones. They are always picking on each other and Jack is a funny dude!
You can have just as much fun building and creating your secondary characters and sometimes even more freedom with them. They don't have the pressure of being the hero/heroine or the villain. But as you build these characters you do need to have a strong back story for them as well.
You will have certain characters that will only enter for a short scene or two and won't need as much creating, or even describing, but all your characters need to have some kind of importance to be there.
Creating your imaginary world needs to ring true with the reader so you need to make sure you build strong backgrounds and to understand why these characters are important.
For us, we were starting with a teenage main character so she needed to have loyal and trust worthy friends. Those she could rely on. I based her friendships on the ones I had as a teen. Most of my closest relationships were with guy friends, but I always had one close friend that was female.
Since Stevie wasn't a cheerleader or the most popular girl, I tended to believe she would have a good male friend. When I was in school those types of girls were surrounded by other girls.
When you develop your characters you will go with what you have experienced in life. Sometimes, as my friend Johnny informed me, you might base a character on a specific person you knew. There is nothing wrong with that.
Just make sure that your character outlines match with back story and the behavior they exhibit in the book. As long as you do that, then as you write you will know what your characters will do in situations, or won't do.
The reader will pick up if you place your character in a situation and they react differently than they should have. It will take them away from your story.
If you have any questions or comments about character development I would love to hear them. Or if you have any information to help us, leave us a comment.
Just a quick note: I will be scaling back on the blog. I am going to one day a week starting next week. I will be posting on Friday's. I would love to continue but I need to put more energy into writing so you enjoy my books and hopefully come visit me on my blog.
Once we launch our website there will be a blog on that also and I will resume then to the two day week, once on this one and once on the other. I have decided the other blog will be more interactive with the books so I hope you join in when we get it up!
Take care and I hope all of you have a wonderful week.
Thanks for all of your support! Lisa