The first thing I do when I begin a new book is create a character file for each person. I don’t always know everything about them when the first words hit the page. Within a short time, they reveal a great deal, and we become close friends.
I thought it would be fun to share this with you. This is for my heroine in The Power of Love and Murder.
Character Name: Penny Sparks Real Name: Jianna Ricci Nickname: Black Fairy
Birth Date and Place: Phoenix, 30 years ago
Character Role: heroine
Age: 30 really but everyone thinks she’s 33 because of fake ID
Eye Color: very dark brown
Hair Color and Style: long, layered, shoulder-length hair and dyed black – natural color is more auburn
Height/Weight/Build: 5’2”, more on the thin side
Skin Tone: olive
Style of Dress: Goth when she works but otherwise, black and white
Characteristics/Mannerisms: Very independent, photographic memory, favorite saying is “get over it.” Her top lip turns up a bit, giving her a vulnerable, innocent appearance.
Background: When she was 18 her parents, Myah and Larenz Ricci and her brother, John, were murdered. Her father was senior counsel in legal dept and a senior VP for Westingly, Inc. They lived in Red Rock, NV. He discovered some inconsistencies and possible gross negligence. They were first discovered by Angie Blanton who Jianna was interning with. Blanton suddenly disappeared. She had spoken to Larenz and he had suspicions. He went to the FBI and had already gotten fake ID, etc. for all the family members. Jianna is a math prodigy and has a near photographic memory. Larenz had to get his family out and wasn’t trusting the FBI guy. She received a coded message from her brother’s phone. The code meant to ditch her phone and not go home.
Internal Conflicts: Still suffering emotionally from her parents’ murders, wants revenge
External Conflicts: avoiding getting killed
Occupation/Education: didn’t finish high school, now is the evening manager at Grand View Hotel, Monday – Friday from 2 to 10 but leaves home at noon everyday to eat lunch and/or run errands and gets to work early cause she’s a manager.
Miscellaneous Notes: She doesn’t normally wear perfume but does occasionally use sweet grass oil (native American) in her bath water. It is not flowery or woodsy but somewhere in between.. Drives a white 2000 Dodge Neon. (deep cranberry pearl) but Jake calls it eggplant.
Brenda and her husband are gypsies at heart having lived in six states and two countries. Currently, they split their time between the pines of Northern Arizona, the desert of Southern Arizona, and the RV life. Wherever she roams, she spends most of her time writing stories of discovery, suspense, and the tangled relationships of life.
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