It’s blog chain time. :) This round was started by Sandra. She asked:
Have you ever created a character different from yourself in some significant way, such as (but not limited to) different gender, race, ethnic group, religion, or sexual orientation? If so, what, if any, research did you do to portray these differences? Was this character a main character, secondary character, or walk-on? Did these differences have an impact on the story?
I’m relatively new to writing, so I feel kind of lame answering this. I started my first novel just over a year and a half ago, and the protag is a white female like me, so nothing significantly different there. There are male characters in the story, but since it’s told in first person, we never get the story from their point of view.
I tried to write something different last November for NaNoWriMo, and I started a story with a teenage boy protag. For “research”, I read books with male POVs and grilled my husband—since he was a teenage boy once upon a time. ;) That story fizzled out plotwise, but I think toward the end there I was starting to understand how the teenage boy’s mind works. I’ll probably go back to it when I’m done with my current WIP.
As far as writing a character from a different race, ethnic group, etc., I feel like I’m still getting my feet wet on this whole writing business. Someday, I’d like to tackle something like that, but for now, I’m not sure I could do it justice or make it sound authentic.
What about all of you? Are your characters significantly different from you?
Be sure to check out Shaun’s post from yesterday (there’s still time to enter his giveaway of The Deathday Letter ARC while you’re over there), and Rebecca is up on Sunday. :)