Oct 22, 2015

Guest Post: Putting Yourself in Your Characters (The Crossways Blog Tour)

It's Eliza. I hope you enjoy this wonderful guest post Morgan Huneke wrote. Once you're done reading it please take some time to read about her new book, The Crossways and enter in the giveaway.

I’ve seen it on many writing blogs, you should put a little of yourself in all of your characters. It makes them more realistic. It helps to make them relatable. It helps you as the author to know how the character will handle things, and know what makes them tick. This wasn’t really something I thought about while writing Time Captives. However, looking back now, I can see that I did it unconsciously, accidentally. And I like the way it turned out.

Jill was an interesting one. I gave her a specific personality type, which I later discovered was the same as my own. Therefore, we share a lot of core personality traits, but they manifest themselves quite differently in her. Basically, she’s sweeter and more compliant. But as for being shy around strangers, but liking to talk to people she’s comfortable with, and wanting to help people in need, it comes straight from me.

Emily has my unwillingness to admit I was wrong. So often when I was younger, I would be in trouble for something I’d done, realize I was wrong, and still refuse to give in because I didn’t want to admit that I had been fighting for the wrong position. Emily does the same.

George is afraid to lead because he’s afraid he’ll do it wrong. A lot of times, I don’t want to do something I’m capable of doing because I’m afraid I’ll completely botch it.

Joey has my argumentativeness.

Jonathan received all my love of The Chronicles of Narnia. I really enjoyed his references.

Abigail plays the violin like I do. Actually, the piece she plays in Creighton Hill is the piece I was learning when I wrote that scene.

Eleanor is one of many characters who received my stubbornness. As much as I’d like to think I’m more willing to let things go than she is, it probably isn’t true.

Adriel got my stubbornness and in book three my doubts. Thomas’s reassurances were as much for me as for Adriel.

I hope I’m not as bossy as Jaysen, but my sisters might disagree about that. I also struggle against being the control freak he tends to be, because I like things to be done my way. Yes, I’m one of those people who rearrange the dishwasher because it’s not the way I like to load it. Hey, my way fits more in than certain other people’s ways.

There are probably more of my traits that found their way into my characters. These are only the examples I can think of. And looking at these various traits, I can see why I relate to all these characters in different ways.

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About the Book
“M’lady, it has been fairly well confirmed that the Redona was hidden away by the merfolk at the conclusion of the Great War instead of destroyed as was commanded. My brother has confirmed to me Joseph’s belief that it was concealed at the Crossways.”
Toarna pressed her fingertips together in thought. “It must be recovered and destroyed as was at first intended.”

Emily, Allan, Jill, and Joey have been reunited with their long lost ancestors. But with that reunion comes the true beginning of their quest: free the rightful king of Calhortz so that he may be restored to his throne. The Redona, the only object that can free him from his long imprisonment, is rumored to be concealed in The Crossways, a mountain across the sea which cannot be entered.
A slave since birth, Adriel’s resentment and hatred towards the strytes only grows as his family is continually ripped from him. He longs for the freedom the Time Captives are prophesied to bring, but he doubts their existence, just as he doubts God’s love. Circumstances in Calhortz are so dire. How could they ever improve?
Who can enter The Crossways? Will the king ever be freed? Or will the slaves of Calhortz lose all hope of freedom before it is even offered to them?

The Crossways is the second book of the Time Captives trilogy, a tale of faith, family, fantasy, and a fight for truth and freedom.

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About the Author

Morgan Elizabeth Huneke is a homeschool graduate who lives in Georgia. She has enjoyed creating characters and writing stories since early childhood. Her other interests include reading, playing the piano and violin, and politics. She is the author of Across the Stars and The Experiment.

You can connect with Morgan on her website, blog, Facebook, Twitter, Google Plus, and Pinterest.

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  1. Thanks for being a part of my blog tour, Eliza!

  2. I totally hear you on the dishwasher, Morgan. I'm the exact same way.

    It's fun to see what character has which element of your personality.

  3. Sounds like I share some traits with you and Jill.