Behind the Characters: Lett (Alexander Taggart)

*contains spoilers. The creator of the game. Demonic bastard. King of Hell wannabe. I knew when I first started to dream up the beginnings of the story, Catherine needed a foe who was determined, whose motivations went much further than anyone could realize. I knew from the start he had to be a demon, and … Continue reading Behind the Characters: Lett (Alexander Taggart)

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Mental Illness, Trauma, and Writing as therapy.

*May contain slight spoilers *contains frank discussion of mental health and self-harm type behaviors I was asked once why I allowed my characters to have weak moments, particularly Catherine and her ongoing struggles with anxiety. Answer- Because that's real life. People struggle. People have mental health issues and they often have relapses. I wanted her … Continue reading Mental Illness, Trauma, and Writing as therapy.

Behind the characters: Father Michael Connelly

Connelly is one of my favorite characters to write. He's also the one I'm most likely to be found swearing at as he takes off in an absolutely unplanned direction. Hell, he was only supposed to appear once, in Unexpected Returns, as a plot device. This one appearance was supposed to help get the idea … Continue reading Behind the characters: Father Michael Connelly

Behind the Characters: Colt and Graham Springfield

Mentioned in Displaced, but properly introduced in Unexpected Returns, are Colt Springfield and his brother Graham. The oldest of the two Springfield brothers, he was always an older brother to Catherine as well. Like Catherine, he has only known the life of hunting the unknown. He loves his classic car, drops pop culture references like … Continue reading Behind the Characters: Colt and Graham Springfield

Female Characters- tropes, stereotypes, annoyances and more

One of the major things that pushed me to write the Catherine Siddall series was the types of female characters I was seeing in books and on screen. To me, they were all missing something. Or a lot of somethings. 1- "what are you wearing?!" I've talked about the importance of wardrobe before. Why is … Continue reading Female Characters- tropes, stereotypes, annoyances and more

Behind the Characters: Mitchell Conall

The third main character in the Catherine Siddall series is Mitchell. Brooding, mysterious and a bit of a pain in the ass. When I created him, I wanted a male character that would go from instinctively wanting to protect Catherine, to realizing she knows what she is doing and can handle herself pretty damn well. … Continue reading Behind the Characters: Mitchell Conall

Wardrobe matters, even in books.

I did a mini post about this on Instagram, but I thought I would do one here as well. Something I've noticed happens a lot in books is a complete disregard for what is appropriate for what the character is doing, in terms of wardrobe. All too often, a character is described as being involved … Continue reading Wardrobe matters, even in books.

Behind the characters: Catherine

One of my biggest pet peeves, when I'm reading, is when the lead character is perfect. Flawless. Never fails. I knew from the start that I wanted my characters to reflect how every single person has flaws and even heroes fail. Maybe I'm too mean to her, but this is especially true for Catherine. I … Continue reading Behind the characters: Catherine