Friday, 13 February 2015

Writing - Relationships and characters

I'm writing this on the eve of Valentine's Day. I'm not producing a blog about its history or anything slushy about how wonderful love is. Read on please.

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Steele, my lead in 7 of the 8 books I've written, is having relationship traumas while dashing into the fray, and maintaining his progress through the books. As far as is reasonable in this genre of adventure, action and excitement I've tried to keep the love as realistic as possible within my own limited and traumatic experience.
Then of course there are the relationships between the more minor characters and the main guy which are slightly different. In some cases it is a boss/employee number, in others it's almost mother/son and then there is the stranger/hero type. Finally, there are relationships between the minor characters to construct and maintain. 

So creating a story has many aspects but creating a series increases those aspects geometrically. Characterisation cannot exist in only one dimension, no man is an island. Of course there have been some series where the central character is all action and aloof but even in the James Bond tales he falls for a girl which eventually ends in tragedy. It is my belief that in the 21st century audiences demand three dimensional heroes and heroines as at times the darker side of their characters can be more interesting and dangerous than there accepted persona.
So trawl through Steele or the dystopian novel Cessation and examine the characters relationships with each other.

As a sop to one of my least favourite days of the year I've written a short poem that was inspired by the BBC Weather girl who suggested linking the weather to romance. Forgive me!

Roses are red
Violets are blue
The weather is cloudy
and so are you!

My 10 books as of December 2014

 My hero was created post recession and so has no concept of how 'good' things were pre-2008. In 'I Have To Get It Right' when he began to flex his muscles he was working in an accountant's office. Then after the Gurentai took him under their wing and removed all of his financial worries, it was justice that was his major concern. He did become involved in international relations in 'The 51st State' but it was for the maintenance of a respectful distance between countries, rather than economic reasons. His trips into the USA had repercussions which can be read about in 'The Biter Bit' but then by the time things began to change in 2011 and the recession was really biting, Steele was trying to make sense of the state of the nation in 'A Changed Reality' and coming up against some really nasty people taking advantage of the shortage of money. By the time the USA are out of their recession Steele's steps are still being dogged by an unknown enemy from the same country. In 'Inceptus' we also find out more about what makes the man tick. The most recent Steele book 'Castled' where Steele is once again at risk from unseen enemies. It would seem that he has become quite recession proof!
The most recent addition to the Steele family is Earth plc in which our hero is concerned with political and emotional issues in this crime fighting adventure.

All books are available in paperback or ebook through Amazon, Smashwords and all good book shop websites.

This is a dystopian story that hinges directly on the state of the nation as a result of fiscal mismanagement. Having said that it is more a story of human relations, privations, love and loss.

Poetry - there are also two thin collections of poetry available solely through Amazon.


God Bless