I found the following picture of blue ice framing a cruise ship in Alaska during my research and thought it was absolutely stunning.
Not only is it beautiful, but it’s the inspiration for one of my main characters in Taming the Wyld. He has eyes this shade. Most people don’t know that below the surface, which is usually a dirty white, glaciers have this amazing hue underneath, and that pretty much sums up his character. He’s snarky and, pardon my lack of finesse, an asshole, but he’s got heart under all the vibrato.
In contrast, my second main character has eyes as green as the auroras. He’s more reserved and lets his actions speak for him, but he has reasons for that, pretty important ones. It’s strange, but I think these reasons are partly why I’m finding it harder to get to know him than it has been with his dashing bush pilot.
Writing and creating characters is such a surreal experience for me. To know that these “people” didn’t exist before I jotted them down on virtual paper was a pretty heady thing to take in when this concept first hit me, but now they feel so real. And not just the main characters, but all the supporting ones as well.
I’ve written a few original characters before, but this is the first time I feel really connected to them, that I feel attached and proud of who they are. At the same time, I don’t feel like they are mine. I don’t feel like I created them at all. They have backstories and families, friends and even job histories, so maybe they’ve been in me all along, maybe they were always there and all I’m doing now is setting them free.
Regardless, I have a lot more work to do on TTW, and I know it’ll be an amazing experience to learn even more about everyone as I go along.
And speaking of beautiful colors, I leave you with a breathtaking Alaskan sunset: