Author Shorts Question 1: Characterization

author shorts2I’ve started a new segment where I’ve asked a variety of authors to answer a few questions that I pose. Of course, I love a twist. All answers had to be no more than two sentences. Brevity presents a greater challenge.

For me the process was delightful as well as insightful. I love that authors can express our personalities and style in so few words. Just check out the varied responses to the first question!

The first question: What is the single characteristic you try to include about every major character to help readers visualize him or her?

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Author Daniel W. Kelly

“Body type—It’s a gay thing.”

Daniel W. Kelly, author of Rise of the Thing Down Below






Author Jo Robinson


“Each character has their own mannerisms and quirks, and for me my major characters tend to develop these from the beginning of my stories.  I think that they go side by side with the subtle insertion of physical appearance for characters to come alive in the minds of readers.”

Jo Robinson, author of Echoes of Narcissus in the Gardens of Delight



Mel_Keegan_deaths_head“Temperament is more important than looks, since readers always draw faces from their own imagination and the character being obnoxious, pleasant, whatever, determines what face/form the reader conjures – meaning, Pitt or Perlman could leap to mind, contingent on narrative prompts, yet a reader’s visualization needs to be accurate *enough* to serve the story … writers can only ever provide those prompts.”

Mel Keegan, author of the Hellgate series




Adrian W. Lilly is the author of The Runes Trilogy, The Devil You Know, and Red Haze

6 Comments Add yours

  1. Reblogged this on Jo Robinson and commented:
    Cool Adrian – thank you! 🙂

    1. Thank you for participating — and with such an eloquent and insightful response.

  2. Jet Eliot says:

    Interesting post. 🙂

  3. mgill0627 says:

    Love it! Great way to learn about fellow authors, and best of all BREVITY!

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