What’s in a name? Quite a bit, when it comes to characters.
Creating rich and complex characters means listening to them, even when their motivations are unclear.
What’s in a character’s name?
To better understand Steven’s past, Genevieve starts reading the available posts and articles by his sister, who died in a car crash in 2005. Steven has continued to pay the annual fees on Rebecca’s main blog account. “Hey, I’ve been reading some of Rebecca’s blog entries,” Genevieve tells him one afternoon at L. J.’s office. … Continue reading Worthy, Rebecca’s Writing
16 April 2011: Piedmont Park, Atlanta, Georgia After their initial meeting with Kristian Makepeace, Leah and Steven follow her into the reception area where a man with Down Syndrome is waiting. When he sees Kristian, he waves. “Hey, Krissie!” “Jimmy,” Kristian says as she goes to hug him. With her arm around his shoulder she … Continue reading Castor, Makepeace, & Pollux: Leah and Kristian
10 June 2017: Mason Mill Park, Atlanta, Georgia. Rebecca is seated in the living room chatting with Alyssa Walker, a friend she met during Spring Break in 1999. They haven’t seen one another since, until that afternoon when they ran into each other at Lenox Mall. They’ve been catching up between classic films Rebecca has … Continue reading Songbird: Rebecca and Alyssa
My Expanded Universe of Fictional Atlanta came about when I realized a character I created for a play I was writing in 2011 was the same individual maligned by the lead character in a novel I had shelved around 2000. That novel, Boom Town, featured a character named David Cairo (pronounced “kay-ro” like the Georgia … Continue reading Author’s Intent: Expanded Universe
In 2016, I serialized the rough outline of a story entitled Worthy on my blog. It originally consisted of fifty parts, covering the life and times of Abigail Worthy, a character from a play I was writing, Another Mother. Early in 2017, I was notified that the play had been chosen by The Essential Theatre … Continue reading Author’s Intent: Worthy
Amy is on her way into her condo when she hears a familiar voice calling out to her. She turns to face Rebecca Asher. “Yes, Ms. Asher. What can I do for you now?” “Just curious if you had any comment on the remains found near Toccoa.” “What remains?” “So, you haven’t heard. A couple … Continue reading Songbird: Amy & Rebecca
G. M. Lupo will be the featured guest on the Voice of Indie Podcast hosted by Beem Weeks & Stephen Geez on Wednesday, February 17, at 8:00 p.m. Follow the link to access the podcast and phone in questions for the author.