Cue the music!!! Together in Thyme, the final Urban Farm Fresh Romance, is back from my editor! Some of you have read every book. Some of you have read one or two. Some of you may be new to Inspy Romance or may have looked aghast at a longer-than-normal series or may have thought the covers looked hokey and have read none of them! And if you’ve been waiting for the entire series to be finished, well, it’s time to get started.
As a newbie author, I used to worry about characters all sounding the same after a while. After all, how many ways could I introduce a second-chances romance, or an opposites-attract romance or a friends-to-more romance? Turns out there are as many ways as any author could wish!
I’ve got four general aspects I play with to create unique characters.
Birth order plays into the creation. Dr. Kevin Leman’s The Birth Order Book breaks down family dynamics and how our family hierarchy plays into our personalities. Firstborns, middles, babies, onlies… all have a different outlook on life.
Then there’s The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman, in which we learn about the ways different people offer and receive love. What’s it for you? Do you need words of affirmation, physical touch, gifts, quality time, or acts of service to feel loved? I highly recommend this book for anyone who is looking for ways to better connect with your Real-Life Loved One!
Another tool that helps me create unique characters is family background, which includes education and status. Two firstborns with a similar personality are still going to approach life very differently if one was raised in foster care and one is raised in wealth by two professionals who are still together.
But probably the most useful instrument in my toolbox is Myers Briggs Type Indicators (MBTI). This system breaks down personalities into sixteen types: eight extroverted types and eight introverted types. Assigning one of these to each hero and heroine has really helped me to keep the stories fresh, especially when I also apply the methods I mentioned earlier.
In fact, let me give myself a gold star! There are thirteen heroines in the Urban Farm Fresh Romance series (a prequel novella plus twelve novels) and each one of them has a different MBTI! I knew I’d covered a wide range of them but hadn’t actually sat down and analyzed them all until I started writing this blog post. I was stunned to discover there wasn’t a single overlap.
So… let’s play a game. Do you know your own MBTI? If yes, skip to the next section. If you don’t know, then pop over to this link and take the MBTI quiz. It will take you about ten minutes. Then come back here and see which heroine has the same personality as you!
(Spoiler alert! 16 MBTI vs 13 heroines, so if you are one of the rare breeds, I’m sorry. Maybe in another series!)
Which personality are YOU?
ENFJ: Hailey North (Together in Thyme)
ENFP: Ava Santoro (Joys of Juniper)
ENTJ: Kenna Johnson (Lavished with Lavender)
ESFJ: Adriana Diaz (Memories of Mist)
ESFP: Marley Montgomery (Glimpses of Gossamer)
INFJ: Rebekah Jackson (Promise of Peppermint)
INFP: Eden Andrusek (Secrets of Sunbeams)
INTJ: Winnie Santoro (Cadence of Cranberries)
INTP: Jasmine Santoro (Wishes on Wildflowers)
ISFJ: Linnea Ranta (Butterflies on Breezes)
ISFP: Dixie Wayling (Dancing at Daybreak)
ISTJ: Sadie Guthrie (Raindrops on Radishes)
ISTP: Kassidy North (Flavors of Forever)
Have you read the story with the heroine who is your personality type? If so, do you think I wrote the personality accurately?
Either way, I’d like to offer two winners, anywhere in the world, the Urban Farm Fresh Romance novel of your choice. This will be an ebook via Bookfunnel. I’ll pick two names on Monday (November 8).
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