What’s your character’s name? Names are important. You want a name rings true to your character, but doesn’t draw attention from the story. When writing about children, be aware of name styles. If your character is five years old, some names are no longer being used.

What’s your character look like? Size, age, hair, health issues etc. are important to give the reader a mental image.

How does your character speak? Slowly, bass/treble, formal, uneducated etc. Accent is important, but just give the readers hints about the dialect or slang.

How does your character behave? Emotional, mental, anger states are important, if only to give the character reasons for their behavior.

How about clothes? Some writers ignore clothes or lack of clothes, but they can give the reader an idea of what the character looks like.

Gives us the specifics. Giving your character specific interests/likes/dislikes personalizes them, makes then unique.

You gotta eat. What/where/when does your character like to or have to eat. Food can be regional or it can reflect a child’s whims.

What’s your character’s place? Where your character lives or visits can be important to the story line.

What’s your character’s past? Even if you don’t include the backstory in the manuscript, it can be important to the plot.

Put it together. Once you have built your character, write his/her story.

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This is a work in progress, but I am down to the final chapters: In the Moon’s Shadow

In 1780, Redbird rescues Rachel and takes her to a village where people are dying in the night, no one daring to speak openly of Raven Mocker. Redbird seeks out the last Anikotani, Cherokee priest, the only person who knows the magic spell to defeat Raven Mocker.

I am having fun writing this story that is YA magical realism bordering on horror. (not for the faint of heart)



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March Louisville SCBWI Chit Chatters Social

Anyone from Kentucky, Tennessee, and surrounding states is welcome.

Monday, March 6 to 8 pm. No RSVP required.
The first hour will be for socializing, the second hour for optional critiques. Writers can read for three minutes. Illustrators are always welcome.

Barnes & Noble’s Café, 801 South Hurstbourne Parkway, one mile north of I-64, on the right. This is NOT the Paddock Shopping Center B&N.
You do not need to be an SCBWI member to attend. For more information, contact Charles Suddeth csuddeth@iglou.com


Work in Progress

I am writing a YA urban fantasy, Lupus Rex: Blood on the Moon. Seventeen-year-old Will discovers that he is unique and has two werewolf genes, Double Alpha, which makes him Lupus Rex. He is not sure he wants the title or the werewolf life, and someone is stalking him to prevent him from becoming Lupus Rex.

This story is a lot of fun to write. I have taken the Arthurian myths, added Lupines (werewolves), and transported them to the present in the real world.


Signing books left & right

Tomorrow!!! Saturday, February 25, 2017, I will be signing books from 11 to 4 at Karen’s Book Barn, 27 E Main St, La Grange, Kentucky 40031. Come by and say hi.Eights Mask2

Book Signing!

Saturday, February 25, 2017, I will be signing books from 11 to 4 at Karen’s Book Barn, 27 E Main St, La Grange, Kentucky 40031. Come by and say hi.

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Whistle Pig Down

Sally slips into James’s isolated cabin in the middle of the night, claiming to be fifteen, but he suspects that she is the twenty-one-year-old who killed a grocery clerk during a robbery. After she learns he is accused of murdering a couple over a lover’s triangle and of World War 2 war crimes, she is afraid he will kill her, but she has no place to go. They plot to attack each other in self-defense. After someone kidnaps Sally, James has to choose whether to rescue her and confront his own past or assume she’s also a murderer. Whistle Pig Down is a completed and edited 82,000-word literary mystery, which takes place in 1955 along the Kentucky-Tennessee border. (Subtitle: Ferry to Hell) My grandmothers’ families come from this part of Appalachia, and it is under-served literary wise.