Monthly Archives: April 2012

Characters

My characters have a life of their own.

No matter how much I try, I can’t always make them do what they are supposed to. The ones that are supposed to be good turn out to be evil. The ones that are supposed to be evil turn out to be good. The ones created for an ancillary role turn out to be pivotal to the entire series.

I make a concerted effort to give a shout-out to real life friends when developing new characters. Even if a friend has nothing in common with the character, I like to use their names on occassion.

Unfortunately, a lot of my characters – let’s be generous and say 90% – meet with some pretty gruesome endings. If I know I’m going to kill a character off, I don’t want to use the name of someone I care about.

But the funny part is, on occassion you go back and re-read a particularly gruesome scene and you realized that the name you chose is similar to someone you don’t like?  Coincidence?  For legal purposes, let’s all agree that it’s confidential, or at the very least, subconscious.

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Old writers

Old writers don’t retire, they just rewrite.

I’ve got a lot of material out to a couple of great editors and a bunch of new stories floating around by head right note. So how do I use my time wisely? I redesign my website http://www.olivialeigh.com, of course.

Good news is that it now works on most browsers and mobile devices. doG bless CSS. I will be posting more excerpts in the coming week, also.

Stay tuned, and if you haven’t checked out the website lately, browse on over tohttp://www.olivialeigh.com!

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Upheaval

Some people spend their whole lives paddling against the stream, only to never get to where they were trying to go in the first place.

I’m more of a let the river take me where it wants to go type of person.

Right now, the river is more like rapids and I’m very swiftly being carried away by the currents. I’m going to see where this leads, but one way or another I’m going to be up to my neck in whitewater for a while.

Lucky me, I can hold my breath!

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