She's not a natural red head. Her natural hair color is very light blonde. But she's a sassy girl. Full of life. The red hair color she chose reflects her personality. She's very lucky to have a father who tolerates her wild hair color!
The more I wrote her voice, the more I formed a picture of my MC in my mind. Slowly, Eva began to appear to me.
This is Eva's favorite dress.
She pairs it with these fantastic shoes.
Eva is a very girly 16 year old. When life gives her lemons, she makes a lemon meringue pie...then invites over all of her friends for a party! Her parties are always themed and dressing up is a requirement! She's all about fun fun fun!
There won't be any friends coming over this summer, though. She's stuck in the mountains with her phytopathologist father who is trying to figure out what is killing the trees. While most girls her age would much rather be lounging poolside or, better yet, at the beach, Eva will set out to make the most of her time with her father in the forest. And spending a summer in the mountains won't hamper her sense of style. Her nails will still be red. Instead of her favorite dress, she will be wearing outfits like this.
And because it gets cold, she will be in need of this:
She can still be stylish even when she's sleeping in a drafty cabin in the middle of a forest!
How do you picture your characters? Do they come to you gradually or do you have them from the start? Do you do character collages? Do share!
I am an Humane Education teacher & writer living in Burbank, California. I left television production almost a decade ago to pursue my passion - animals. Along the way, I snagged myself a super handsome, extremely patient and very supportive husband. We rescued three cats - Ol' One Eye Pip, Eowyn the Snow Leopard and Wednesday the Butt. We also ended up with an American Staffordshire Terrier pup, Lily. I co-founded my own non-profit (Paws and Learn Humane Education Center) and spend three days a week in the schools educating kids about kindess to animals, dog bite prevention, city wildlife, pet overpopulation and responsible pet ownership. I love my job, but I also love to write. I spend my spare time writing and daydreaming. I love the outdoors and enjoy hikes with my hubby, friends and our dogs! Life is what we make of it and I am making the most of mine.