Angelia Vernon Menchan

Angelia Vernon Menchan is an author, publisher and public speaker who owns two publishing companies, MAMM Productions and Honorable Menchan Media. Mrs. Menchan is also a Budget Officer and former Job Corps Counselor. To date she has published twenty-three books of her own work, both fiction and non-fiction and more than eighty ebook novellas on amazon.com. You can access her bibliography on www.amazon.com search words: Angelia Vernon Menchan




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Friday, December 5, 2008

Character Identification

One of the most fun things about talking about my books with people is how readers feel about and identify with characters...
Last weekend a reader was telling me how she didn't like, 'Malcolm Black'...she said he was too removed...I loved that because he had made her feel something or in some way she identified him with someone else...
I also can feel when speaking to some of my sisters, how they identify with Schae, a few have come right out and admitted it...others are more reluctant and they will say, 'Oh I know a few Schaes'...
The most poignant conversations are the ones where I see how they are touched, moreso than what they say...
The best conversation thus far was with with a sister, who told me I had written her story...she went on to say this, 'I am not quite where Schae is but what you have done is written a blueprint for me to follow...' Lord, I was speechless...and so touched!
When writing my goal is to give 'em something they can feel, characters they can believe that will have them thinking about it later...I guess I have done that...
I also had to learn that people identify me with my characters...
I am hard pressed to convince anyone that Cinnamon Brown is not me...winking...
Once I discovered I could not change their minds, I had to change her behavior...THOSE WHO HAVE READ MY BOOKS, KNOW WHAT I MEAN....LAUGHING OUT LOUD!

So I said all that to say, I love the fact that folks identify with my characters and I know that this coming year I will have a blast as I maneuver my way around, talking about these people!

SO BLESSED!

angelia

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5 comments:

shelia said...

I can tell from a review (whether bad or good) if a reader identified with the character. Sometimes its those bad reviews where the person goes on and on about the character that you then realize you accomplished what you set out to do--you provoked emotion in the reader.

Angelia... said...

Shelia,
that is it, I can remember a discussion went on and on why he didn't like Cinnamon..in Cinnamon's Universe...finally he said almost too himself, I guess I am jealous, I have never found a Cinnamon for myself...too funny and true...I so love this!

angelia

'Cilla said...

Can't wait to read your story... I often find that I can find a little bit of me or others in books but it doesn't sway my opinion negatively. I guess I am just me....

JC Martin said...

There is always one character you love and nod your head because you can relate to them. Then there is the character you don't necessary hate, but dislike because they too may remind you of yourself.

Great feed back from your readers. It's a wonderful thing.

Angelia... said...

'Cilla,
I can't wait for your thoughts!

Thanks Jen,

Love you both!
angelia