An Interview with the Winner of the February Challenge: Split Personalities03:03
WEbook: Congratulations on winning the WEbook competition back in February. For this challenge, you were given characters to work with. Did you find this style of challenge hard to work with, or was it useful to be able to focus on other aspects of the story, such as the setting or background?
In Blue Connections, I meant for Sarah to come across as vulnerable and quirky yet strong and independent. I wanted readers to empathize with her past and enjoy her victory. It was thus important to develop Sarah in the beginning as somewhat lost in a big city and getting a fresh start with her new job. She is confident in the advice and direction she gives, yet nervous that her past has caught up with her. It was also important to have Sarah surprise the reader at the end of the story by proving herself to also be extremely smart and successful at pulling off the plan she hatched without a hitch, and we see this as she listens white knuckled to her plan unfolding over the phone.
Overall, I thought it was important to make the small reveals in the story genuine and consistent with her character.
WB: Thanks for taking the time to talk to us! Congratulations again on your win, and we look forwards to reading more of your entries over the coming months!