You may be wondering what cacti have to do with characters in a book. It is spring in the desert where I live, and the cacti are blooming profusely. It is amazing to watch the prickly vegetation put on a display of beautiful flowers.
When I write, I like to start out with characters that might need a little work. In order to make an interesting book, characters must change and grow into someone better. Some characters need to change more than others. As a reader, I like to cheer the character on toward an improved life or a better attitude. I like to see big changes.
In my latest book, A Place to Call Home, my hero starts the story fighting bitterness for an injustice he has suffered. He doesn’t want to forgive. His journey to overcome bitterness and learn to forgive allows him to find love.
How do you like your characters? Do you like them sweet from the beginning with minimal growth, or do you like characters with numerous prickles who manage to become a nobler person?