My favorite part of writing a novel is the daydreaming that precedes the actual construction of the plot. The initial spark for a plot kicks my imagination into overdrive and pretty soon I’m having all kinds of conversations with a brand new cast of fictional characters. In reality, when we meet someone new, we each bring a lifetime of experiences, attitudes, and opinions to those initial interactions, right? In my opinion, introducing a hero that is both flawed yet lovable requires a basic understanding of the character’s life events that preceded the story. Yes, I realize these are ‘people’ I’ve manufactured in my head. Trust me. There’s a method to my madness.
If we want readers to root for our new hero, he must appear on the pages of the novel as a complex, nuanced individual. But just as over-sharing and ‘TMI’ leads to awkward moments, revealing the hero’s entire life story in the opening chapter ruins the reader’s experience. Hence, the character interview serves two purposes: helps the author craft a novel with believable characters and provides the reading audience with a little taste of what’s to come in the story line.
Here’s a peek behind the scenes at Chase Binford, the hero of my soon-to-be-released novella, Love Flies In.
“He’s a seaplane pilot determined to honor his convictions. She’s a kayak guide who mocked his faith for sport. One small cabin in Alaska can’t house them both.”
Name: Chase Binford
Where are you from? I’m originally from Anchorage, Alaska but I’m planning to relocate to Emerald Cove, Alaska. My cousin is selling his cabin there and I’d love to buy it. We spent a lot of time there when I was growing up and it’s the perfect location to settle down and hopefully raise a family.
Occupation: Seaplane pilot
Ambition in life: My best friend and I are launching a charter flight service in Emerald Cove. We offer whale-spotting trips, sightseeing tours of the most beautiful coastline in the world and charter service to remote locations.
Best thing that’s happened to you: growing up in a loving family and becoming a pilot.
Worst thing that’s happened to you: My brother and I tried a short stint on the mission field. It wasn’t anything like I expected and I ended up coming home.
Earliest childhood memory: walking beside the lake in Anchorage with my parents and watching the seaplanes take off.
Favorite quote or verse: I have too many favorites to pick one. I don’t like to fail. At all. Since I’m trying to start something new right now, I’m focused on a verse from the book of Isaiah. ‘See I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.’ (Isaiah 43:19 NIV)
What makes you laugh? A good clean joke … Occasionally Will Ferrell movies … Tisha McDowell’s witty banter.
You can get to know Chase better and read more about his flightseeing adventures when Love Flies In releases June 23rd. It is one of NINE refreshing, faith-filled romances included in Splash!.
This eBook box set of novellas is now available for pre-order here.