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Today’s guest is author Keta Diablo, author of Sky Dreams (Book 3) a sweet historical romance.

Give Your Characters Dimension

Let’s talk a little about characters today and why some are
one-dimensional, two-dimensional and three-dimensional.
Have you ever read a review where the reviewer points to
*shallow* characters in the novel? I know I have, and that’s why I feel it’s so
important for writers to allot their characters depth. So what is depth, and
what do you mean by “dimensional” characters?
It’s crucial readers understand who the characters are; what
makes them tic, and particularly what the character’s identifying features are?
I’m not necessarily talking about physical features, but consistency and manner
of speech, body language and internal thoughts on how he/she views the world. A
character is not merely a gorgeous person with eyes of blue. He/she is a
composition of many events that has made him/her what they are today.
Their emotions are multifaceted and often conflicting. They
could come from troubled backgrounds or perhaps were born with a silver spoon
in their mouth. Whatever the case, in order for readers to understand and
relate to your characters, writers need to delve into their history to make
them likeable and real (or not so likeable in the villain’s case). It’s also
important the readers believe, and can picture, the character existing before
your story even began, thus the history.
Shallow characters (one-dimensional) have no real story, no
identifying aspects to their personality. They’re merely walk-ons in your novel
and won’t make lasting impressions. Readers will soon get bored with reading
about someone they can’t identify with or like, and will no doubt put the book
down. This is the last thing we want them to do.
Two-dimensional characters might have one identifying trait
or a smidgen of history, but why stop there? Write your characters as if they are
a person you’d love to know, in fact, you’re so fascinated by their thoughts
about life, their opinions, you long to know everything about them, including
their past.
If your hero or heroine lacks depth or dimension,
reviewers/readers might refer to them as *cardboard characters* another term
you want to avoid at all costs. This means they’re typical ordinary,
forgettable people who are par for the course in motives and goals. While
writing about them, you might have hinted about a like or dislike they possess,
but there you stopped, leaving the thought underdeveloped without explaining
why they dislike the color purple or why they adore women in hats. What’s the
history behind their abhorrence, fetish or passion?
One of the great things about writing is that you, the
author, have control over the portrayals of your characters. Make them bigger
than life; exaggerate their habits, annoyances, likes and dislikes. Make every
aspect about them memorable in the reader’s mind.
You won’t regret giving a little dimension to your
characters’ personalities.
Here’s an excellent article from The Writing Tools Blogspot
about Writing Character Bios for your stories. Why don’t you try it? http://thewritingtools.blogspot.com/2009/07/character-bios-why-and-how.html
Happy writing and reading!
~ Keta

About the Book

Title Sky Dreams
Genre Sweet Historical Romance
Author Keta Diablo
Book heat level (based on movie ratings) G
In Sky Tinted Water (Book 1) and Sky Dance (Book 2) you met
Dawson and Rory Finch and shared in the journey of their love. Now, in Sky
Dreams (Book 3), meet their daughter, Haven.
In 1893, Haven Morgan is a young widow. Heartbroken and
alone after her husband’s tragic death, she travels to Cobb’s Grove, Minnesota
to teach at the country school.
Her curiosity is piqued when she meets the handsome
supervisor of the local lumber mill, Cade Kincannon, but the trauma of her
husband’s death haunts her days and torments her dreams.
Can Cade break through the veil of darkness shrouding Haven,
forge a path to her heart and convince her it’s all right to love again?

Buy This Book

About the Author

Keta Diablo lives in the Midwest part of the United States
on six acres of woodland. When she isn’t writing or gardening she loves to
commune with nature. A lifelong animal lover, she also devotes her time and
support to the local animal shelters.
Keta’s a best-selling Amazon author who writes in several
genres, including western romance, historical romance, paranormal romance and
the occasional gay romance. Her books have received numerous Top Pick, Book of
the Month and Recommended Read reviews.

Author Social Media

Sin Eater’s Prince 
Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a
book and includes a cover, blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the
author. Today’s featured book is The Sin Eater’s Prince by Keta Diablo.
The sin eater has been shunned by the local villagers all
his life, except by Andras Maddock, the local physician. In love with the one
man he believes will never return that love, Owen is shocked when Andras saves
him from death at the hands of a vampire.
Dagan, Dark Lord of the Underworld, vows to avenge his
father’s death and obtain the Prince of Wales’s mystic sword from Andras. The
claymore’s power holds an immunity the vampires have coveted for centuries.
Star-crossed love, sorcery, and bloodlust collide on a
vengeful path where only one side will remain victorious.

Buy links:

Barnes and Noble http://bit.ly/LxNxus

Find Me Here

RLF Gems

In February, Romance Lives Forever introduced two new
features. Cover Love is a short intro to a book and includes only a blurb, buy
links, and social media contacts for the author. We use it if one of our scheduled
authors is unable to appear, and no other material is on hand. If you would
like to submit your book for this feature, see the FAQ page for more
information. The other was a full week dedicated to one publisher. There will
be four this year, including Liquid Silver Books
in June, and JMS Books LLC in September. For
February, it was the Boroughs
Publishing Group
, “Where Story Matters.”
There were 7 posts by Boroughs, 17 author interviews, 3 book
releases, and 1 article for 28 posts in a 28 day month.
There were unusual ties this month. Jerrie Alexander and Keta Diablo
shared a spot because their posts went up the same day. Boroughs took first,
third, and fourth place, and three people had even numbers of hits for fifth. Here
are the top posts (judging by page hits).
1. Boroughs Publishing
2. Jerrie Alexander / Keta Diablo
3. Boroughs Publishing
4. Boroughs Publishing
5. Vicki Batman
5. Allie Ritch
5. Donna Cummings
Authors who guest with us are promoted on Facebook, via
Triberr to over 549k potential readers, are featured front page in the daily Romance Lives Forever Paper.li ezine,
and the blog has its own hashtag (#rlfblog) on Twitter. This year, we also
created the Booklover’s Guide to Romance
Lives Forever
with links to guest authors’ books and social media. It is
110 pages crammed full of who to follow and what to read. The FAQ page provides
updated downloads of optional interview questions, and a guide to the blog. You
can also grab our button to promote your visit.
My thanks to all who took part this month. You made Romance
Lives Forever a great place to discover new books and authors.
Other participants this month in alphabetical order by first
name are:
Ashlynne Laynne, Brita
Addams, Chris Karlsen, Helena Harker, Janet Elizabeth Jones, Jennifer France, Kara
Leigh Miller, Lorrie Struiff, Lynda Kaye Frazier, Paloma Beck, Raine Delight, Serena
Zane, Tara Fox Hall, Vicki Batman, Victoria Blisse

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Cover Love at Romance Lives Forever is a short intro to a
book and includes only a blurb, buy links, and social media contacts for the
author. Today’s featured book is: Sky Tinted Water by Keta Diablo.
Genre: Sweet Historical Romance
Familial bonds, malevolent schemes, and passion collide in
this sweet historical novel. Set in Minnesota
during the Civil War and the Sioux uprising, this is the story of Rory Hudson,
the exquisite Irish lass with an unbreakable spirit and the enigmatic Dawson
Finch, a man bound by honor, duty, and loyalty.
When Dawson
enlists in the army to bring peace to nation divided, Rory’s world plummets
into a tailspin. War, distance, and time separate them, but nothing can dispel
the haunting memories of their love. Not even death can destroy their fierce
passion or a love so strong it beats the odds of the impossible.

Buy links:

Barnes and Noble: http://bit.ly/UjeU4W

Find Me Here

The Stuff of Myth and Men, http://thestuffofmythandmen.blogspot.com

Holding on to Heaven.

Please welcome Keta Diablo as she takes over Romance Lives Forever for the day.

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Hi everyone, and thank you so much for stopping by Romance Lives
Forever.

Some readers have asked me why I wrote Holding on to Heaven
so I thought I’d speak to that here. I’ve always loved history about the Civil War
– the battles, the thousands of lives lost and the boundaries that were often crossed
when family members choose sides. It wasn’t uncommon to find cousin fighting against
cousin or neighbor against neighbor. The Civil War was a deeply personal war for
many, and yet in the end, many didn’t know why they were fighting. I can’t think
of anything more horrible than to have our country divided over ideals, beliefs,
or principles to the point we take up arms against our brethren.
Dark Night of the Moon
Imagine drawing a line across the United States – the top half of the
states fight for one side and the bottom for the other. And suppose you had family
down in Texas when you live in Wisconsin? I’m sure you can
see what the Civil War was one of our darkest times in history.
Holding on two Heaven is, in essence, about a woman
named Lauren McCain who was raised in the deep South and moves to the North just
before the war broke out. Her loyalties are divided. She’s fallen in love with a
Northerner, carries his child, and yet her father and family hail from North Carolina. Now, toss
in the Dakota Sioux uprising in Minnesota
at the same time and the entire country is ablaze with fire and terror.
Holding on to Heaven is an emotional story about
betrayal, grief, fate, and abiding passion. If you like reading about the Civil
War, I think you’ll love the story of brothers who love the same woman and yet,
love each other too (note: this is not a ménage and not a gay fiction). Oh, yes,
and there are a few twists and turns in the story. There is a happily-for-now ending,
but here’s the good news: Dark Night of the Moon, the sequel to Holding on to Heaven
was released January 2012. I promise there is a happy resolution to
the continuing saga.
“Comanche Ghost”
Namaste, Keta

About the Author

Keta Diablo lives in the Midwest
part of the country on six acres of woodland. When she isn’t writing or gardening
she loves to commune with nature.
Keta is a multi-published author in both erotic romance and gay
fiction. Her latest paranormal novel, Where The Rain Is Made, has been nominated
for a Bookie Award by Authors After Dark in the Best e-novel category. Keta’s books
have also received numerous Top Pick, Book of the Month, and Recommended Read awards
from the top professional review sites.
You can find her on the net at the following places:
The Stuff of Myth and Men, http://thestuffofmythandmen.blogspot.com
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