Giveaway & Guest Post Shady Cove: New Girl in Town by Ava Catori

Wednesday, July 24, 2013
Title: Shady Cove: New Girl in Town
Author: Ava Catori
Genre: New Adult Romance
Publisher:Self Published
Release Date: May 16 2013

Can a big city girl go country? Jenna’s life grinds to a halt after her brother’s suicide. With her college funds non-existent and her future plans put on hold, she’s forced to relocate to a sleepy town. Just when her entire world is crumbling, she meets Benji Preston, a local guy she doesn't expect to fall for. He's not even her type! A harmless flirtation quickly escalates into something more. The only catch? He’s the same guy her cousin has been harboring a crush on for ages. With tongues wagging and jealousy dogging her every step, Jenna has to decide what's more important; her heart or her family ties?

How to Make your Characters Believable

I think when it comes to creating characters it’s important to give them small traits or mannerisms we can all relate to. When you're nervous, do you run your fingers through your hair, or maybe shove your hands in your pockets? When characters mimic the actions we take in day to day life, we can relate to them, and they come alive.

Another place that you can enhance a character's believability is in dialog. People talk casually, and if your dialog is stiff, or too proper, it doesn't come across as real. It's important to give your character a voice that flows naturally and helps form who they are. What elements do you feel help add believability to characters?

Flaws are another way to add believability to a character. Nobody is perfect. Cracks and flaws in who we are make us unique, and cause us to react in certain ways. The flaw could be physical such as a scar that causes your character to feel insecure, or it could be an emotional one, causing a character to be distant or too trusting. A well rounded character becomes believable when you take the time to examine the little bits and pieces that make them unique.

In my story “Shady Cove: New Girl in Town” some of Jenna’s early shallowness is a flaw that forces her to judge others. If you can show a character growing through your story, it adds another element or realism.

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I spend my days tied to my keyboard, being happiest there. With a passion for storytelling, I get lost in the details of building characters and analyzing their thoughts. With a conversational tone, I entertain with fast, fun reads. There’s nothing I like more than putting a couple together, only to tear them apart so they can find their way back to one another.

I live in New Jersey, but sneak away to Florida as often as I'm able. I'm happily married to a patient man who has the ability to sustain long hours of rambling thoughts spilling from me non-stop. With the company of three dogs and a cat, I set my writing schedule around their inability to coordinate their potty breaks. :)

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