Show of hands, who all likes to be able to identify with the main character in a story? *Raises hand*
It’s such an important aspect—to be able to feel for and care about the fictional people in the books we read. I don’t mean to say that they have to be exactly like us (which would be impossible since we’re all different!), just that there needs to be something that we can relate too. And an author has so many avenues to draw from to do that. Backstory, personality, quirks, motivation/goal, conflict, etc.
In my most recent series, Sewing in SoCal, the books each feature a woman with a very strong (and often very differing from the other friends!) personality. We’ve got the hardcore environmentalist that needs to learn to chill a little, the social media guru that throws out gasp-inducing red herrings so no one will find out about her health issues, and the preschool teacher who is so sweet until you ask her a direct question and she hits you with the brutal truth. Five totally different characters but there is something within each one of them I think everyone can identify with (or at least I hope so!)
I’ve been asked which character I most resemble from the series, and the funny thing is, when I got to thinking about it, I most resemble not one of the women, but one of the men—Malachi Thomas, the hero from Jocelyn. He’s shy and a bit awkward, just like I am. However, I will say that there is probably a little piece of me in every character I write. (However, the ones *most* like me are Emory Blake from Bookishly Ever After and Mckenzie Graham from the manuscript my agent is shopping around to publishing houses). But now let me turn the tables and ask you the same question. Which Sewing in SoCal character do you most resemble?
Below is a little quiz to help you answer that question. Keep track of your answers by writing the corresponding number to each answer on a piece of paper then tally the total at the end.
A. At a restaurant, which would you be likely to order
- Spaghetti and meatballs – 1
- Steak and potatoes -5
- Quinoa salad with fresh garden organic veggies and herbs -10
- Chicken pot pie with a flaky, buttery crust- 15
- Authentic South American beef empanada -20
B. You’re relaxing on the couch. What do you put on the TV to watch?
- A family movie – 1
- Project Runway – 5
- A documentary – 10
- The Sports Channel – 15
- A musical – 20
C. On a shopping trip, you’re most likely to buy…
- Craft supplies – 1
- A sundress – 5
- A gift for someone else – 10
- A football jersey – 15
- A vinyl for your record player – 20
D. When in an argument, do you…
- Tell the truth even if it means hurting the other person – 1
- Try to keep the peace – 5
- Use logic but ignore feelings – 10
- Totally avoid the issue – 15
- Make sarcastic remarks – 20
E. What is your personal style of clothing?
- Doesn’t matter what it looks like as long as it’s comfortable and functional – 1
- Boho chic – 5
- Retro all the way – 10
- Yoga pants and baggy cotton shirts – 15
- Faded jeans and snarky graphic tees – 20
F. What do you find most romantic?
- Grand gestures that leave no room for doubt that the person loves you – 1
- Secret looks and heartfelt text messages – 5
- Someone who can tease and push you to be a better person – 10
- Being persistently pursued – 15
- Someone writing a love song to you – 20
Score of 6-25
You are Molly – Kind and compassionate, you are a natural caregiver. You love making other people comfortable and have a love of learning and teaching. You uphold the truth and abhor lying…even if telling the truth has uncomfortable consequences. You’re not the most confident of people, but you’re willing to be vulnerable and risk your heart for someone special.
Score of 26-45
You are Jocelyn – You are at war with yourself. You crave stability but also have a secret passion for art and design that you are afraid to explore. You are sweet natured and an instant friend to everyone you meet, putting even the most introverted person at ease in your presence.
Score of 46-75
You are Nicole – People may thing you’re abrasive and a tad condescending but that isn’t who you are at your heart. You’re actually a very loving and conscientious person, always thinking of others. A little high-strung, you have a hard time relaxing and having fun.
Score of 76-99
You are Amanda – You are private and like to carry your burdens yourself instead of sharing them with other people. You will push people away because you think that’s what’s best for them but you are always right by their side if they ever need help. You are witty and enduring but you need to work on being more vulnerable.
Score of 100-120
You are Betsy—Your go-to reply is usually something sarcastic or a deadpan look that says it all. A person of few words, you express yourself through music more than anything else. Loyal to your friends and family, and you would sacrifice anything to help someone close to you.
How did you do? Do you think you resemble any of these Characters?
Just a note, Betsy releases in 3 days! Grab your copy from Amazon or download and read with your Kindle Unlimited subscription.