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Friday, September 12, 2014

Billi Tiner on Strong Characters are Critical for a Good Story @TinerBooks #AmWriting #WriteTip

I believe that strong characters are the critical foundation for a good story. If the reader doesn’t relate to the characters, then they will not become truly invested in what is happening to them. I spend a lot more time describing how a character is feeling and what is motivating their decisions than I do on providing details about what the scenery looks like. I want people reading the story to feel what the character is feeling, and think about how they would react in a similar situation. In addition, I think the supporting cast is just as important as the main protagonist. The supporting characters can bring humor, drama, and suspense to the story. Everyone enjoys a good buddy story, so I try to provide each protagonist with a good supporting character. Likewise, a good villain can add just the right amount of spice to the story. Each character should have their own distinct personality.

In addition to the two-legged characters in my stories, each of my books contains animals as part of the supporting cast. As a veterinarian, I have come across many wonderful animals during my career, each of them having very distinct personalities. I use my experiences with these animals to help develop believable characters that play important roles in my stories.


From the author of “Dogs Aren’t Men” comes “To Love a Cat”, a contemporary romance novel.
Catherine “Cat” James’ life is simple and orderly, and she likes it that way. She loves her job as an accountant. Working with numbers is safe and routine, no surprises. Her childhood had been very abusive and unstable. She vowed not to live that way as an adult. She also made a promise to herself to become a foster parent. She wished someone had been there for her as a teenager, to let her know she wasn’t alone.

Cat agrees to foster Ethan Summers, a troubled teenage boy whose childhood closely resembles her own. Suddenly, her nice and orderly life is filled with chaos and uncertainty. Things really start to spin out of control when circumstances bring police detective Mitch Holt into the picture. He’s handsome, charming, and definitely not what Cat needs right now, or so she thinks.

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Genre – Contemporary Romance
Rating – PG
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