by Bethany Maines
Yesterday, Marilyn Meredith discussed why she keeps writing and how her characters keep moving forward which keeps her writing. As a Great-Grandma and writer she as a unique perspective on the longevity of characters. But I’m only a first time mom and I’m only on my third sequel. I’m at the start of that journey. But her post did get me to wondering: how do my characters age?
I solved this problem in with Ariana Grace, my heroine in paranormal noir series, Tales from the City of Destiny, by the simple fact of not having her age. Welcome to the glory of magic! Solving aging problems since Shakespeare! And so far my Carrie Mae Mystery heroine, Nikki Lanier, has aged fairly realistically, but sometimes books cannot be written fast enough for a character to keep up with real life. What should I do with her in the future?
Since part of my premise for the book is that her character must evolve and grow, I think it’s a given that she will age. But should she age at an absolute year for year rate with real life? I don’t think I can do that. She’ll be too old for my plots by the time I get around to writing all of them! Should I work out some sort of complicated formula for aging? Maybe she ages in reverse dog years? Or maybe I should just wing it? Who knew when I had a simple little plot idea about an undercover make up lady that I’d be involved in higher math…