Running Home By Julie Hutchings: Author Interview

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Hi everybody, today we’re going to be something a bit different. The lovely Julie Hutchings has invaded my blog and we’ll be doing an interview about her and her book. She has a new novel out called Running Home that I’d like you to check out. But first, let’s take a look at the woman behind the words. Ladies and gentlemen, I give you, Julie Hutchings.

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My Novel Update #3

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40,000 words. The feeling is incredible, and what was once an idea, is about to become a reality. I am so close to finishing this novel. Judging by the way things are going, The first draft will probably be finished at around 60,000 words. I would’ve hoped for at least 70k, but I’ll focus on the final the word count during revisions. I’ve been on a consistent writing schedule for the past week and it has helped my production a ton. So now that I can finally see the top of the mountain, I have a bit of news… Continue reading

The Influence Of Characters

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There is no better feeling than reading a good book. Books are handheld portals that send us to worlds we never knew existed. As readers, we become enchanted by the spellbinding powers contained on every page.

When you think about your favorite book, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Nine times out of ten, the answer is usually a character. Just think about it, the greatest books aren’t really remembered for their plot, but for their characters. I can’t explain why, but there’s just something about a well-written character that hooks and reels us in. Maybe it’s because within them, we see a piece of ourselves.

Let’s take a look at the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling. The first thing we think about are the characters. Harry, Ron, Hermione, Malfoy, Snape, Hagrid, and Dumbledore are all unique and have something special to offer us. The story of Harry Potter is extraordinary, yet the characters outshine it. Characters become best friends with the reader as they journey together from the first page to the very last. Together, we share hearty chuckles and cry painful tears. We’re put under a spell by their authenticity and sometimes know them better than they know themselves. Like a friend in real life, they may do something shocking and we say we’ll never forgive them, yet we do so anyway. It’s true love. We root for characters and hope they achieve their dreams, the same way we hope to achieve our own one day.

The same trend of character is used with movies and tv shows. When you think about your favorite movie or tv show, the characters come to mind right away. The Joker from Batman, Jack Bauer from 24, and Peter Griffin from Family Guy all have a seductive aspect to them, making us fall head over heels.

Who is a character that has impacted you and made you feel attached? What is it about them that you love so much? Leave a comment below.