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Conversations with “Imaginary Friends”

Everyone who writes fiction understands how our characters seem to come to life as we’re writing. We start out with an idea of who we want them be, but before long, they’re telling us who they really are. It’s what makes novel writing fun. For me, it seems to happen more with antagonists. Some, like Craig in The Stalker, come out much darker than planned and cannot be redeemed. Others, like Cal in The Scandal, love their bad boy image. Deep down, however, they have good hearts, and they’ll do what’s right in the end. 

Now just so you know, they don’t communicate verbally. There are no voices in my head. I think the best way to describe it would be to say they take control of my fingers as I type. Especially when I’m writing dialog. The conversation just flows out of my keyboard as I watch their personalities unfold. It almost feels as if I were channeling a real person from a different dimension. Of course, that’s not literally happening. I’m tapping into the part of my psyche where the imagination lies. What fascinates me the most is how the characters evolve into people who are entirely different than what my conscience mind had envisioned.

Marina Martindale

 

 

The Stalker is available on Amazon, Barnesandnoble.com, and other online booksellers

 

 

The Scandal is also available on Amazon, Barnesandnoble.com, and other online booksellers

 

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