The Big Reveal

I enjoy reading author interviews, but often times they don’t ask the kinds of questions I wonder about. So I’ve assembled a group of writers at all levels, from unagented to published, and every week I will have a new question for them. Some of these ladies have helped me with my own work, or given me advice on blogging or writing, so check out their blogs and see what they’re about.

Got some super exciting news to spread. Cassie Mae is now agented by Brittany Booker at the Corvisiero Literary Agency! I am so excited for her.
Congratulations Cassie Mae!

And by the way, we’ve had 2 writers (Cassie Mae & Krista Van Dolzer) at TBR become agented, plus two who signed with a publisher.
Jade with Samsara and Jolene Perry/writing as Mia Josephs with Misplaced- a collaboration with Nyrae Dawn- which I totally forgot to post in TBR- sorry Jo.
 
Not saying I had anything to do with it, but… ;)

Now back to The Big Reveal.

Do you put a lot of thought into picking the jobs of your characters?

 Jade Hart, Pre-published author
In my first MS it didn’t really relate to that sort of stuff, and this one was full of Gods and Goddesses, so I was restricted to what mythology told me they were. I couldn’t complain. There’s nothing boring about being a God of Thunder or Goddess of Dreams. :)

Stacie Stokes, Un-agented author
Since I write YA, I haven’t put a great deal of thought into jobs (beyond ‘high school student). In my current MS I never mention what it is the parents due for a living. That said, I’m working on a new idea where my main character’s afterschool job will have a direct link to the plot. So I guess I’d have to say it depends – if the job is important to the story and/or character development, then yes, I put a great deal of thought into it. Otherwise I suppose its either left out of the story or added as a smaller, less imporant detail.

Me (Suzi) Un-agented author
Most of my YA characters don’t have jobs, but their parents do. So I usually put a lot of thought into that. I hate just picking the standard, teacher, doctor, laywer, accountant. But usually it has to fit some criteria. Like a busy parent that works a lot. Maybe a parent that works a job that would be the opposite of my main character, to show personality differences.

Joelene B. Perry, Published author
I don’t know…I’ll be thinking about this, though. I’ve had a mechanic, a farmer, a teacher, a photographer, a seamstress, a marketing specialist, a lodge owner, a realtor, a therapist, a professor (I LOVE to use therapists and professors – I find those two things cropping up a lot – maybe some kind of Freudian slip? lol) a musician, a songwriter, a yoga teacher, a potter… you tell me. Am I branching out?

Liesl Shurtliff, Pre-published author
Hmm….that doesn’t seem to be something I think a lot about. Since I write traditional fantasy, I deal mostly with jobs like king, queen, cook, servant, soldier, tinker, baker, blacksmith, etc, and a character’s job seems to be a natural extension of their character and role in the story. I don’t think too hard about it.

Mindy McGinnis, Pre-published author
So far no one in my books has had a job. It’s so easy writing dystopian :)

Amy Sonnichsen, Agented author
Many times my adult characters come to me with jobs attached. I don’t know why this is. And no, I don’t think their jobs are particularly basic.

Melodie Wright, Agented author
Well, the jobs of my characters so far are based on that true story aspect within my fiction. I don’t put a lot of thought into that – their jobs reflect the type of story they’re in. And since I write YA, my MCs are teens w/o jobs anyway.

Ryann Kerekes, Agented author
I definitely put thought into it, since I think it defines the characters and adds to deeper characterization. I’ve had characters who are: dancers, circus performers, hackers, martial arts instructors…and more!

Ben Spendlove, Un-agented author
Ah, I’ve yet to write one where the jobs people do aren’t critical to their place in the story. The next one will be different, and I plan to think long and hard about it to make things interesting.

Cassie Mae, Agented author
Most of my characters are teens. And not a whole lot of them have jobs. But their parents, yes, I’ve given them jobs that effect the way the characters live. I have a welder, a security guard, and just a regular old office joe. :)

Do you put a lot of thought into the jobs of your characters?

7 Responses to “The Big Reveal”

  1. Kyra Lennon says:

    So happy for Cassie!!

    I do put a lot of thoughts into the jobs of my characters, because I want to make sure I pick the right job for the right character, and also, to find a job that I can easily research so I don’t look like I have no idea what I’m talking about! :D

  2. Jade Hart says:

    Super happy for Cassie and all the other girls who have bagged an agent or a publisher recently :)
    Awesome reveal, as always, Suzi. And seriously all the blogs I’ve commented on this morning Kyra beat me there. lol

  3. Kelley Lynn says:

    So cool to see ‘agented’ and ‘pre-published’ next to Cassie and Jade’s names :)

    Great question Suzi. For one of my MS my MC’s job is one of the main elements of the story, so yes, that one was a major focus :)

  4. Cassie Mae says:

    Thank you!!!! I love seeing all the awesome changes for TBR crew, too. :)

    And I love reading these because I totally forget what I said in my answer! LOL.

  5. Whoo hoo for Cassie Mae! That’s awesome!!! :)

    Man, my answer sounded so stuck up when I re-read it just now. ha ha ha! Sorry about that! :)

  6. David P. King says:

    This is such a cool way to do an interview! Thanks everyone for your answers. :)

  7. What a great question! I really enjoyed everyone’s answers too. I’d say that I actually do think of my characters’ jobs. I write YA, but I often think of what type of career they’d have. If their parents make an appearance, I think of what their daily lives are like too (and then often forget those details later). Thanks everyone for offering your opinions!

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