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when characters breathe

I’d like to say that I create my characters, that it’s my imaginative mind that conjures up these people. That’s just not true. They birth themselves. Really, they come to me seemingly out of thin air and they are who they are. I’m not allowed to bend them to fit a story that I want to tell. In fact, they demand to tell the story, their story. I’m nothing but a lowly medium for their voice.

And as the words flow from my characters, I get to know them and they become real people for me. Is that weird? I hear their tones of voice, see their expressions and, most disturbingly, I feel their pain.

Any author worth his or her salt knows that a great story means putting your characters through hell. That’s heartbreaking to do when you care about them and feel what they feel, but do it a storyteller must.

Think of characters as though they were actual children and perhaps you’ll better understand an author’s dilemma.

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manitou the sky people saga

Some authors wait until the end to name their work. Some like to have that nailed down as soon as possible. I fall into the latter category.

Titles are very important to me. The title has to tell readers what they’re getting – a little sneak peek into the tale they’re about to read.

Take Manitou The Sky People Saga. Oh my, but the title is telling.  

Manitou means spirit in most native American languages. It’s also where the first part of the saga takes place, specifically Manitou Springs, Colorado. That word signifies that American Indians are part of the story.

The word saga means epic tale and is Scandinavian in origin. My heroine, adopted by a Ute family, believes herself to be biologically Scandinavian, because she’s pale and blonde with arrestable blue eyes.

And, Sky People speaks to Ute myth and a majority of ancient native myth from around the world – Iceland to Latin America and Africa to Asia. Those myths tells of people who came from the sky. They were gods, guds, tlalocs, Great Spirits and Manitous. The Sky People made everything, including the Nuche – the original people we call Utes.

Now, do you have an idea of the story? I hope so.

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