Do you like to take personality quizzes? There are quite a few different kinds out there.
Do you ever wonder where a character would fall on one of those personality scales? Well, good news. My friend Sarah Anne Crouch has agreed to join us and give a sneak peek into how she developed her main characters for her book, A Summer in Shady Springs. Read on to find out more from Sarah!
Are you into personality assessments? You know, like The Enneagram or Myers-Briggs? Growing up, my family was very interested in the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI, for short), and my cousins and I took the test once we were deemed old enough. I’m an INFP, in case you’re wondering. And a 9 on The Enneagram. And a Golden Retriever on one of those where you’re assigned an animal.
Do you ever read a story and find yourself relating to a character’s personality? Or do you find yourself wondering what a personality assessment would reveal about them? I love character-driven stories, which is pretty handy, since I write romances. While the internal struggle of the main character is most important, I also like to figure out my characters’ personality types. Matching the female and male lead with complimentary types is really helpful. I want a man and woman who have something in common but are different enough to create some conflict.
In my debut novel, A Summer in Shady Springs, my female lead is a lot like me. She’s introverted, creative, and a bit too sensitive. I was very intentional about finding a man with a personality type that would push her to the place I needed her to be by the end of the story. While my heroine is an INFP like I am (Introverted, iNtuitive, Feeling, and Perceiving), the hero is an ESTP (Extraverted, Sensing, Thinking, and Perceiving). They share that last letter, which means they are both a little unorganized and love being spontaneous and flexible. (This might make planning a wedding someday very interesting…!) But her emotional and sensitive side is baffling to him, and she can’t understand why he can forgive people so easily.
Here’s some fun character bios I made for my blog:
Just like my characters, my husband and I have nearly opposite personalities. (He’s an ENTJ and a 3 on the Enneagram.) I was always advised to find a man who closely matched me, but I enjoy being married to someone so different. He’s pushed me to grow in ways I never would’ve on my own.
What about you? Are you slightly obsessed with personality assessments? Do you know what your personality type is?
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The last place Madeleine Mullins wants to be is back in Shady Springs, Arkansas—the town where her whole world fell apart. But when her beloved Aunt Clara begs her for help, Madeleine reluctantly takes a job painting a mural at her aunt’s church. Her plan is to finish quickly and leave her bad memories behind. But the more time she spends with the handsome youth minister and the more she reads her Bible, the more she wonders if she has been wrong about God and the Church all along.
Three years out of college and A.J. Young still doesn’t know what he wants to be when he grows up. He knows he wants to settle down and build a family but hasn’t found the wife he’d like to share his life with. Then Madeleine comes to town. Their friendship buds quickly, although it can never be anything more as long as she isn’t a Christian.
An undeniable attraction grows between A.J. and Madeleine, but she’s only in town for a few weeks, and he can’t date someone who doesn’t share his beliefs. How can Madeleine help A.J. discover a passion for the career he’s always wanted? And how can A.J. convince Madeleine to give God and Shady Springs a second chance?
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Sarah Anne Crouch lives in Arkansas with her husband, three children, and thousands of books. She always wanted to be an author, but spent some time as a teacher, earned a degree in library science, and makes feeble attempts to corral her small children as a stay-at-home mom. Sarah loves reading books, recipes, piano music, and emails from readers.
Follow along on her writing journey at her website and various social media sites.