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Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Voices of Fiction - Getting Readers Involved - Part Four
Welcome to Voices of Fiction.
We continue with our discussion of how to get the reader involved in the story.
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Ellen Spain is a retired Federal Investigator, now turned author, editor, and educator. She is active with EPIC, PennWriters, RWA, SCBWI, and the Pittsburgh East Writers. - Website
Welcome Authors! It's wonderful to have you back.
This week's question: How do you get your readers involved in the story?
Karenna Colcroft: I try to make my characters engaging and real, as if you could walk down the street in their hometown and actually meet them. I also try to have plots or subplots in addition to "two (or more) people meet and fall in love."
Carole Ann Moleti: I think the best way to get a reader involved is to build a world that mystifies and enthralls them and populate it with interesting characters. I like to make the stakes high, but the predicaments believable; the situations poignant but laced with humor.
Pembroke Sinclair: I try to create characters that are life-like so the reader can relate to them. Even though my characters might be in surreal situations (battling zombies or on distant planets), I try to make their actions and reactions as realistic as possible.
Ellen Spain: Many of my stories are character driven. They eat, live, think, talk, and act to move the plot. They appear in the story with realistic problems and life situations, things the readers can relate to in their own lives. I create beautiful settings from real places like Bar Harbor, Nova Scotia, Southern California that the reader can easily be viewed in a quick Internet search. In the "Secrets in the Fog" series, set over a ten year period, Morgan Walker, Peter Dugua, and Danny Fennchar visit spectacular places. Readers can relate to vacation-type settings, while enjoying a good mystery. I maintain a travel photo album on my web site at EllenSpain.com to increase the readers' interest and involvement in the stories.
Thank you all for joining us today.
Readers feel free to ask questions concerning this topic in the comments. Also feel free to send questions to firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Voices of Fiction Question, and have them answered by the participating authors in later editions.
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