Monday, June 27, 2011

Virtual Dinner Party : Who will you bring?

by C.L. Phillips

Let's do something different today.  I'd love to learn about one of your writing projects.  Doesn't have to be complete. Maybe it's your work-in-progress, or the pile of pages you are editing for the fourth time, or the novel you have out for query.

What I want to do is meet one of your main characters.  Give me a cute introduction, something that tickles my fancy and makes me want to get to know your hero.

I'll start by way of example.  Then you chime in with your comment.  Think of it as a virtual dinner party, but instead of introducing ourselves, we are introducing one of our characters.  Pick anyone you like, even your villain.  But no fair telling us whether the character is the hero or villain.  Make us guess.

And to make it even more of a challenge, try to make your introduction tweetable (that's a 140 characters for you non-twitter types).  Don't worry if you can't, I just thought it would be an interesting twist.  And here at Working Stiffs, we are all about the twists, right?



Jimmy Ray Hawkens.  Austin lawyer.  Trapped between duty and love. Divorced three times.  Never fails to save a client.  Only drinks when he must.

Now it's your turn! :)

13 comments:

C.L. Phillips said...

I think our hero's flaws are the most interesting parts of their character.

What makes you love a character?

CPatLarge said...

Fatal Wood: half-Gypsy hacker, marginally rehabilitated felon, loyal friend. Don’t make her mad, Tarot-reading grandma has her back. Together, they dispense almost-legal justice.

C.L. Phillips said...

CPatLarge,

I LOVE the name Fatal Wood! Wow! And the idea of marginally rehabiliatated? Sweet.

Now we have a party going on!

Take care,

C.L.

Patricia Winton said...

Augustus Rossi: hides his working class, road repair origins behind designer suits and a silver Saab. His fast food empire is gobbling up Rome's historic piazzas.

C.L. Phillips said...

Patricia,

Historic pizzas? You've got me with that phrase. I want to know more. If we have a real party, will Augustus bring pizza?

My mouth waters....

Take care,

C.L.

Patg said...

Bea Sorrell DeClee, widow, managed the fortune her husband made by creating the vampire, TeMonte. So, how did she loose it to a clever scam? Luckily, the eight foot portait of TeMonte is there to advise her.

Jenna said...

Piazzas, sweetie, not pizzas. Piazza AKA plaza or square.

Rafe Collier: tall, dark & dangerous. 6'3" of testosterone & trouble. Murky past & no future. Not the kind of guy a well-bred Southern Belle should want to tangle with, in any sense of the word.

C.L. Phillips said...

I am having too much fun this morning! Pizza, piazza - can you tell I'm back on skinny eating?? I see pizza everywhere...even in the virtual world....

Now, as for murky past and no future, Jenna, you've got a man I must meet. :) I love good bad boys. Tell me he's got some hard to find redeeming quality!

And Patg, the portrait advises her? What? Tell me more!

Take care,

C.L.

Patg said...

C.L.
Great loses to people cause a lot of trauma. Bea and the portrait have conversations. And it knows it can't get out, but even when advising her, it loves to taunt.
Patg

Jenna said...

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(I'm really wasted in cozy mysteries. My agent is right. I should be writing romance.)

Annette said...

Daniel Shumway (not his real name), owner of second-rate Thoroughbred race track. Looks like a California surfer boy, but has a dark past he's desperate to keep under wraps.

C.L. Phillips said...

Jenna,

Headed to Smashwords right now! And who says mystery can't have some heart-thumping lust?

Annette - a dark past he keeps under wraps...I'm intriguied (and I know I spelled that word WRONG...blame it on pizza brain)

pagG - I like this idea....a picture that talks back. A person could do many different things with that....

More reading! More writing! More parties!!!

Take care,

C.L.

CPatLarge said...

This is shaping up to be a dinner party I'd like to attend! Can Fatal bring her grandma?

Zigana Wood – Young sixty-ish, Gypsy wise and superstitious, widowed at 20, only child died giving birth to Fatal. Drove off Fatal’s father in self-defense, but finds she needs him more than Fatal does.