Life Like Characters

Life Like Characters

Posted on February 19 by Kristin Butcher
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My favourite novels are those with complex characters who come alive and make me love them, despise them, fear them, or feel sorry for them. They are so compelling that I am left thinking about them long after I've closed the book. So, it's only natural that I strive to create exactly those types of characters in the books I write. In my recent novel, Truths I Learned from Sam, I really feel I have achieved that. It's been a year and a half since I finished writing the book, but I still find myself thinking about Dani and Sam. They are real people. So much so, that I'm not even sure I imagined them. It feels more like they knocked on my office door, sat down across from me, and told me their story. All I did was record it -- smiling and crying the whole way. When I look back on their journey, I still chuckle over some parts and ache inside over others. If they were just characters in a novel, I don't think that would happen. They wouldn't matter. But they do, and I have a feeling they always will. I hope my readers feel the same.

Kristin Butcher

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Kristin Butcher

Kristin Butcher is the author of twenty books for children. She has been shortlisted for the Silver Birch Award, the CLA Children's Book of the Year, the Red Cedar Award, the IODE Violet Downey Book Award, and the Manitoba Young Reader's Choice Award, among others. Kristin lives in Campbell River, British Columbia.