As I sit here pondering the creation of new characters for the third book in my Montana Skies Historical Fiction series, I recalled a hilarious incident regading a character from “McKenzie…”
I sat perched on the staircase in our house, watching for my husband Lon to come home from work. He was scarcely through the front door when I began tugging on his arm, “Lon!” I said.
“Is everything ok, Pen?” he asked me. After 18 years of marriage, he knows about my exuberant, creative, and at times, far-fetched personality.
“Yes, yes, it’s fine. I can’t wait for you to meet Lucille Granger!”
“What? Lucille Granger?” Lon looked at me. “Do we have company?”
I shook my head and laughed while leading Lon up the stairs and into the office. When he saw me pointing for him to sit in the blue “guest” chair in the office, he nodded his head knowingly. He’d been in the blue “guest” chair many times before. Yep, it was making sense to him now – Lucille Granger wasn’t someone visiting for dinner. She was one of the secondary characters in McKenzie, the first book in my Montana Skies Series.
I read with excitement the chapter where I had created Lucille’s personality. She was nosy, presumptuous, and demanding, yet she had a good heart. I had waited all day to share my newest creation with the person I love most in this world and now that time had come. Wasting no time, I flipped through the three pages of typewritten text, complete with voice changes to further bring to life Lucille’s character. Being the sweetheart that he is and on a quest to earn “husband points,” Lon listened as I read.
Ahhhh, the life of a writer. There’s nothing quite like creating new characters and watching the words flow on the page. There’s nothing quite like pressing the word count button and seeing the words increase at a nice rate. When you write, you come to know your characters as if they are family members, friends, or neighbors. I thank the Lord daily that He has given me the ability to do this job. I owe every word, every paragraph, every page, and every character to Him.
On that note, it’s time to create the delightful, patient, and caring Miss Fanshaw for my third book…