For me, therefore, Cerridwen is much more difficult to write. She must learn and grow from book to book. She has to have a consistent voice. She must be likable, otherwise who would read the books?
Cerridwen, who prefers to be called "Cerri," is like a friend to me, and that's a good thing. As the author, I need to know what Cerri likes and dislikes. Her favorite foods. Things she absolutely hates. Because my novels are written in first person, I really need to know everything there is to know about Cerri!
I can be a little more secretive about the villains in my work. I don't need to know quite as much about them. I don't need to know, for example, the name of his or her best friend in the third grade.
So what do I know about Cerri? Here is a list of 10 really important things about her (in no particular order).
- She hates her name.
- She's married with three kids.
- Cerri loves her family and puts them above everything else in the world.
- She is a freelance journalist and photographer.
- Cerri's dad was in the military, so she grew up moving often.
- She really just wants to be "normal" and doesn't want anything to do with the wise woman ways of her mother.
- As much as she doesn't want to admit it, she's pretty good at reading Tarot cards.
- Cerri sees much of the world as "black or white," "good or evil," and wants to make the world a better place.
- She has a short temper and can get frustrated easily.
- She truly judges people on their actions, and not their appearance.
There you have it. Some of the important things about my main character. Enjoy her!