Jev was looking for an adventure, however she wanted the usual variety of stomping out nasty fae in the city as an enforcer of the Philly Coven. Instead, handsome as sin Liam O’Reilly shows up on her doorstep dropping news of the worst organization of fae they’d dealt with on the rise again. Except, he’s a traitor, an asshole, and the absolute last person she wants to work with.
However, the longer they work together, the more the fire between them burns, turning from rage and irritation into something primal. And as she gets to know the real Liam O’Reilly behind the charming smiles and sexy lines, he becomes so much deadlier. Because the protective, self-sacrificing man underneath his facade is just the sort she could fall for.
Guest Post: Astrological Signs and Writing
by Katherine McIntyre
One of my weirdest writing quirks has to be the fact that I assign all of my characters zodiac signs. Even the ones that I haven’t, if someone asks, I can usually think of what their sign is in minutes. While this habit spurred from my relentless curiosity and interest in astrology, what it’s become is an indispensible character creation tool. By using zodiac signs for characters from the start, it becomes that much easier to predict how a character will react to a given situation. It gives you automatic balance to their flaws and positive attributes by simply looking at their zodiac sign.
Sound boring? The process is anything but. You might be using the archetype to design the foundation of the character, but the end result is as unique as each individual out there. After all, you can take a line-up of Tauruses and while there might be similarities, I guarantee everyone will be wildly unique.
In my latest novel, Scrying for Summer, I tackled an Aries female protagonist and a Libra male protagonist, which is near and dear to my heart since it’s identical to my husband and I. Honestly, I have to say, this was probably the easiest romance for me to write as well, not because it was a simple story, but because I could relate so strongly with the emotional back and forth. (Though less on the stabby-stabbings and monster hunting. Way less on the monster hunting.)
I already knew Jev would be a hothead from her appearance in Hunting for Spring, so when I decided to flesh her character out, Aries fit completely. She’s a fighter, morally black and white, blunt, aggressive, and all of the things I love most about Aries. And Liam fit the bill for a Libra too—charming, self-sacrificing, and keeps people at a distance past the placid surface. However, those early details were just the character molds. As the story unfolded, the characters grew in their own uniqueness, like Jev’s crazy colored hair and goth clubbing tendencies, or Liam’s OCD cleanliness.
If characters tend to be one of your stumbling points while writing, this technique might be for you. The archetypes are fun, and there’s a pre-built logic to each one, all ready for you to play with. So next time you’re sitting down to knock out a new story, scroll through the zodiac signs and see which ones your characters fit, or choose one to start building a character from scratch!
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