This brings us to day five of the Taste Test blog tour. Today I am happy to introduce you to LM Preston, author of The Pack- Retribution.
TASTE TEST BLOG TOUR: Who is your favorite character you’ve ever written and why?
LM PRESTON: I LOVE WRITING A MALE!
Although my initial inclination is to write as a male, I still have tons of challenges trying to portray male characters correctly. Since my career as an engineer is a male dominated profession, it’s been a great source of subject matter to use when writing.
Male character’s experience emotion, they just show it in different ways than females. Not to mention their dialogue is different from most females. Those subtle differences a writer has to take the time to notice. Society has certain expectations and rules for males and writing as a male should fit those boundaries – otherwise, the reader will notice.
Aadi was easy for me to write, because I have a son that’s the same age as my main character. My kid somewhat fits Aadi’s character profile because he’s a jock and a good student. Most writers pull their character profiles from someone they know, researched, or imagined.
When I write in boy, it’s like I’m acting out that character’s adventure and it becomes my own. Writing Aadi was exciting to for so many reasons. I was able to shed my daily makeup as a girl, and for the months it took me to write him – I was able to be young again, strong, and powerful. Not just young, but be a boy.
I LOVE WRITING STRONG GIRLS
Writing a female main character allows me to express deeper emotions, to be what I am everyday – a girl. You know what? For me, it’s difficult, because writing as a boy I get to imagine a totally different persona. I’m a girl, and being a girl in my writing isn’t quite so exciting. So I cheat, I make her into a tough girl.
My main character in The Pack, Shamira, was especially challenging to write. I had to make it fun, because if my characters aren’t interesting, it’s hard for me to write them. So, I gave her it all – cool girly clothes, a motorcycle named Pearl, and a too die for hottie on her tracks. She’s a girl – but she kicks major booty and is somewhat cocky. I gave her outer appearance a feminine softness. However, she’s a trained fighter that carries herself with the sureness of a male that can protect himself.
PULLING IT TOGETHER
All of my books are composed of a strong array of male and female characters. I love to write with multiple lead characters. Why? Because when I was a kid, I loved to have friends around. Also, it allows me to write characters that are both male and female yet bonded together in friendship.
LM Preston is the author of Explorer X – Alpha and The Pack
Visit her at: www.lmpreston.com, http://lmpreston.blogspot.com
Learn more about LM Preston on each of these blogs today:
http://can-duu.blogspot.com – CJ Duggan’s Blog
http://heather.bishoffs.com – Nolia McCarty’s Blog
http://yalicious.blogspot.com – Brenda Howson’s Blog
http://lmpreston.blogspot.com – LM Preston’s Blog
http://melissapearl.blogspot.com – Melissa Pearl’s Blog
Also, don’t forget about our awesome giveaways! We have these great prizes up for grabs.
CJ Duggan: Summer Pack – Beach bag, lip balm, bookmark, autographed The Boys of Summer print
Michelle A. Hansen: A printed copy of Painted Blind, a signed Painted Blind 8×12 cover enlargement, a Painted Blind promo pack containing bookmark, postcard, hand made soap and lip balm
Nolia McCarty: Digital copies of Heaven Below and Eternal Youth
Brenda Howson: The same type of necklace worn by Mica and Lexy in Forbidden Territory, a bookmark and a digital ARC of Forbidden Territory
LM Preston: A keychain, a magnet and an ARC paperback copy of The Pack – Retribution
Melissa Pearl: The same type of necklace worn by Mica and Lexy in Forbidden Territory, a bookmark and a digital ARC of Forbidden Territory
A Taste Test Prize Pack: Digital copies of: The Kiss Off by Sarah Billington, My Enchanted Life by Laura Eno, Painted Blind by Michelle A. Hansen, Eternal Youth by Julia Crane and Nolia McCarty, ARC of Forbidden Territory, ARC of The Pack: Retribution by LM Preston, Golden Blood by Melissa Pearl, Paperback copy of: From Fame to Shame by Veronica Blade, Bookmark and lip balm from CJ Duggan
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