FAIRYTALES WITH BITE
I look at Truth in Fiction tonight and discuss the importance of having characters who are real and with whom readers can identify. I also mention Richard III. Am always glad to get a mention in for him as one of my non-fiction books which reveals a lot of research about him is called The Maligned King (author: Annette Carson) and I think the title sums him up well. Truth still matters, even after all these centuries. It matters in fiction too. If characters aren’t truthful or real in the way they’re portrayed, people simply won’t read their stories.
THIS WORLD AND OTHERS
I look at Sympathetic Characters tonight and discuss how I portray my “people” so readers are likely to be able to identify with them and want to read their stories. I also discuss what makes for a “good” villain and hero/heroine as far as I’m concerned. I also reveal what I really think about my rebellious fairy godmother character.
I discuss Richard III tonight as I was delighted to find a free Kindle download of Clements Markham’s research into the king. This research helped inspire Josephine Tey who wrote The Daughter of Time, one of my favourite novels ever and which is one of the few to make me change my mind about a person, in this case Richard III. I reviewed this book some time ago for Chandler’s Ford Today but have included the link here.