I think we can all agree that it’s essential in a romance novel to get a good feel for the hero and heroine. Think for a second how we as readers usually get to know these characters.
We learn what a character is like based on:
* How they act in in different situations.
* What they say (and how they say it)
* What they don’t say and why
* Through a card game
What? Through a card game? How can that be?
In the book I’m currently writing that will be out in May 2013, I invented a card game. It’s called Heart to Heart (who said I couldn’t be creative?). Supposedly the heroine had received this game/deck of cards from her friend several years earlier.
The game consists of a deck of cards with questions on them. Each card also has one or two hearts on it. The deck is shuffled and each player takes turn drawing a card. They have to answer the question on the card they’ve drawn. If there is one heart on the card, only the one who’s drawn the card answers. If there are two hearts on the card, everyone playing answers that question. Pretty clever, huh?
I thought it might be fun to give you one of the questions the hero had to answer. I had him get this question specifically because he’s having issues with his father, who is the person he’s most like.
The question he got was: Who do you think you are most like in your family?
Let’s pretend there are two hearts on this card and we all have to answer this question. Everyone who comments will be entered into a drawing to win one of my books (their choice–as long as I have one in stock). I’ll draw the winner Sunday night…so check back then.
I’ll go first. Here’s my answer. “I’m not sure. My mother and I shared many similiar characteristics so I’d have to say her. My brother and I were nothing alike. My father was more quiet…and I’m not that quiet….so final answer: my mother.
See how easy this is? Your turn…