I Sat My Character Down…

I wanted to make my kids laugh.

And said, “Listen up, Honey…I don’t get you.  Why do you do the things you do?”

Isn’t that the biggest question of all?  Why??

Even in real life – gasp – I know, I know.  My characters aren’t real.  Sometimes I swear they are.  Sometimes I’ll be at a dinner party or get together and realize I’m talking to a real person and not with the people in my head.  And I’ll be discombobulated for a bit.

Back to – even in real life, isn’t why the biggest question?

Why are you wearing that?

Why did you eat that for breakfast?

Why is your favorite tea Earl Grey?

Why do you write in the middle of the night?

Why do you eat with your fork upside down?

Why do you tell your kids everyday that you love them to the moon and back?

Why do you let someone else go ahead of you in the grocery line?

Why do you stare into space for large spans of time?

I think Earl Grey smells like Ireland does.

This leads me to motivation.  Everyone has a reason for doing what is done.

This is one of my favorite parts of writing.  Digging into the past of my characters to flesh out their reasons for why they do what they do.  It is so exciting to find out something wonderful about my characters, especially when I didn’t see it coming!

So as for my reasons…


I wanted to make my kids laugh.

I couldn’t be bothered to cook anything real.

I think it smells like Ireland does.

My house is quiet then.

My mom ate that way.

I so do, love them to the moon and back.

They only have a few things.  I have a million.

That’s how my imagination works.

Why I stare into space for large spans of time.

How does your imagination work?

What do your characters do to surprise you?

Rionna Morgan

Romantic Suspense as Big as Montana