Character Forming

OK, I have another Blog Hop to play with this week – again from my good friend and cover designer Berni Stevens. This week, Berni is asking me about characters.

The thing is, you tend to live and breathe your characters the whole time you are writing the story, so they do become very real to you. I’m not the only one who sometimes gets miserable when I have to kill a character off, but fortunately, there’s a little trick called ‘bringing them back as a ghost’ which I’m quite fond of and works quite well in paranormal fiction! So I always have a get out clause.  But Becky, who I talk about below, doesn’t get killed off, so don’t worry about that one – she has another two books to appear in yet!

Berni – What is the name of the main character? Is she fictitious?

Me – The main character of Some Veil Did Fall is Becky Jones. She would tell you that she is a freelance journalist/photographer/dabbling historian if you met her and she has Freelance Journalist printed on her business card, to make it more official. But ssssh – don’t let her know that she is indeed completely fictitious.

Berni – When and where is the story set?

Me – The story is set in two timelines. Becky is very firmly placed in modern day Whitby and she is covering the Goth Weekend Festival. Because she lives in the attics of a Victorian town house in York, she’s staying in a stately home that’s been converted into a Hotel for the Whitby assignment. The other half of the story is set in 1865, when the hotel was actually a house.

Berni – What should we know about her?

Me – Becky doesn’t take kindly to being messed around. She has just come out of a relationship with a fellow journalist and she’s sworn off men and long term relationships. She just wants to make a name for herself in her career and forget about the idiot ex.

Berni – What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?

Me  – I suppose she didn’t quite expect to meet up with her old school friend’s brother in Whitby. And she definitely wasn’t looking to build on their previous relationship. She certainly didn’t expect it to develop into anything more than a friendship. Oh  – and she really wasn’t prepared for the fact she’s apparently living someone’s life from 1865 and ends up trying to solve a long-dead mystery.

Berni  – What is the character’s goal?

Me  – To get her life back on track. To get rid of her awful ex. And to solve the mystery she’s been thrust into.

Berni’s own blog can be found at if you want to see what she has to say about her character, Will – the undead and irresistible hero from her book Dance Until Dawn.

And I suggest you also hop on over to these two ladies’ blogs and check them out. I have to say, both of them, like me, do have an element of the paranormal in their work. They are both very good writers as well as being good friends, so if we do kill anybody off in the future, we can always commiserate together over the character’s demise!

Kirstyanne Ross – Kirstyanne is a mum of one who has lots of creatve outlets and writing is one of them. She has had a number of short stories published in magazines and has had some poetry published in both e-zines and smaller journals. She writes mainly paranormal romance and even her poetry lends itself to the same theme. Her work is also available on Amazon.

Kirstyanne’s blog  can be found at

Debz Hobbs-Wyatt –  Debz is the winner of the Bath Short Story Award 2013 and Author of While No One Was Watching, an adult psychological thriller published by Parthian Books. She works as a full time writer and offers copy editing, proof reading and full manuscript appraisals through her website She is also an editor for Bridge House Publishing, has her own children’s publishing company Paws n Claws and is editor for CafeLit

Debz’s blog can be found at



2 thoughts on “Character Forming

  1. I do like the paranormal, and this book has everything – time slip, ghosts, romance and wonderful Whitby! Loved it!

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