Soul Promise (The Soul Mate Series) #2:
Release: 7/20/2014
“Broken is finding the light and the healing you crave, and knowing you can never have it.” After the attack on his sister and his newfound abilities forming, Henry Williams is struggling to keep it all together. His wolf does not allow him to sleep, and he is beginning to hear voices, torturing him mercilessly. Henry feels as though there is a war brewing inside of him and he is unable to control it. As a protector, he must find a way to fight his inner demons before he is left vulnerable to the real ones. But an unexpected love finds Henry and he tries hard to resist it. Will Henry be able to overcome his inner demons? Will he be able to protect his mate?
*** This is book number 2 in this series. Please note that it is suggested to read the series in sequential order. ***
*Warning* This novel is intended for mature YA readers. 15 + for language and mild violence.
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How do I Make my Characters So Believable?
By Rachel Walter

I was asked this question by several people. (On the flip side, I've been told my characters aren't believable, but that's not the topic tonight.) How do I make my characters believable?

I based them off of real people. Not entirely, but the people around me have little quirks - without naming anyone, I'm surrounded by gum-smackers, feet draggers, knuckle tappers, flip flop slappers....the list goes on. They also do some pretty cool things...none of them have the same vocabulary. Even if they are the same age, siblings, "besties" ... Everyone talks differently. Some drop g's, some swear every other word, others make up their own words, or have accents. The people around me shove, hug with one arm, punch shoulders, flip coffee tables when their team loses... I'm a fairly detail oriented person (though the rate I forget things you'd never know). I pay attention to the little looks, the body language, and the interactions.

I also think about everything, even in my day to day life. I think about how I would react to something or maybe how my best friend would react, or brother, or .... you get the hint. Sometimes it makes writing slower, but I loathe rewriting anymore, so slower works for me if it saves me rewriting an entire novel later on.

Each character I create IS their own person. They were each built differently and uniquely. Some have visible scars, others internal. Some say y'all and other say y'ins (that's Pittsburghese by the way). Some snort when they laugh and others rarely laugh. They have different fears, just like you and me.

No one is perfect, so a character shouldn't be.

Become a people watcher, have a camera just in case, and always alwaysalwaysalways have something with you to take notes.

 Just my opinion. 🙂

 
About Rachel Walter
Rachel is a wife and mother from Central Pennsylvania. Her favorite season is fall, for hockey, changing leaves, pumpkin everything, and bonfires often. She’s also a coffeenista with an insomnia problem.
When Rachel isn’t playing with the people inside her head, making her family believe she belongs in the loony bin, she enjoys spending time with her family, friends, species confused cat (he believes he’s part dog, love him), and finding new books and music. Regarding writing, her first love is Young Adult Paranormal, but she’s venturing outside of her comfort zone and opening up to writing more genres. Be on the look out!
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