DESCRIPTION: In this brand-new month-long online class, New York Times best-selling author Angela Knight discusses the importance of creating the perfect cast for the kind of romance you’re trying to write.
A memorable romance cast is more than the sum of its parts. To create an effective book, all the characters – protagonists, antagonists, and minor characters – must work together as a unit. And each must fit the kind of book you’re trying to write. Leatherface of the Texas Chainsaw Massacre does not belong in a Rom Com. Nor do you want minor characters to steal the book.
But how do you create a good cast for this particular book and the audience you’re aiming for?
Angela discusses how to design your heroic couple for each other, along with the minor characters and sidekicks who help make the protagonists three-dimensional.
She’ll also talk antagonists and their henchmen, and how to use them to create tension and excitement.
Next, she’ll explore dialogue, humor and arguments as a way to develop character and conflict.
The result will be a firm foundation for your book so you won’t be flailing in the dark, trying to figure out why the heck your book isn’t working.
Lessons in this month-long online class will be posted on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, students may email scenes to Angela for her private critique and suggestions.
INSTRUCTOR: Angela Knight is the New York Times bestselling author more than fifty novels, novellas and eBooks.
Angela’s first book was written in pencil and illustrated in crayon; she was nine years old at the time. A few years later, she read The Wolf and the Dove and fell in love with romance. In 1996, she discovered the small press publisher Red Sage, and realized her dream of romance publication in the company’s Secrets 2 anthology. She went on to publish several more novellas in Secrets before going on to write for the Berkley Imprint of Penguin Random House. She was the recipient of a Career Achievement award in Paranormal Romance from Romantic Times Bookclub Magazine
She’s now an editor, writer and cover artist for Changeling Press, and teaches online writing classes.
Angela lives in South Carolina with her husband, Michael, a detective with the Spartanburg City Police Department. The couple has a grown son, Anthony.