We are lucky to have the author, Jo Schneider, with us today to answer a few burning questions we needed answered:
You obviously know how to invest the reader in your plot and characters. What do you see as important ways to accomplish this?
Torture them. Both the characters and the readers. It sounds terrible, but there you go. Taunt them with little details, small victories and moments of rest only to snatch these niceties away and replace them with more mean-ness. I honestly wish I was even better at this!
Where do you draw from to create your characters? Do you see yourself in any of them?
In order to create a character, I draw from everyone and everything I know. I ask myself what role I need this character to fill in the story then I start tossing problems, questions and talents at them. What do I need them to do? In what way will they really mess up? Weaknesses? Strengths? Compatibility with others? All of those questions.
And yes, I totally see a bit of myself in almost all of my characters. Brady especially. He’s the snarky, geeky one. That’s totally me. However, Inez has inherited a bit of my cranky side, and Peter my optimism. Honestly just tiny bits and pieces, but they’re there. Of course, my characters also suffer from injections of my friends in real life, my family, my co-workers and whatever TV show I’m hooked on at the moment. Like I said, I draw from everywhere.
As you write, how do the plot and your characters influence each other? Any surprises along the way?
I’m more than a little OCD, so I’m an outliner. I haven’t had any really huge surprises from the characters in New Sight, but little things come along. Like I didn’t have Inez liking Brady at all in the first drafts of the book. I think in the final copy shows a different story, one I wasn’t totally expecting.
If characters try to change too much of the plot I simply get rid of them. Trouble makers!
What do you enjoy about creating characters? Is there anything difficult about the process for you?
I love popping a name on a face and then letting them play in my story. It’s fun to come up with how the cast of characters will react to one another. Sometimes I just enjoy watching them freak out over their worst fears come true.
I’m actually working for the next few months to get better at creating characters. I never feel like I go deep enough into their personality or world, and let’s face it, why do people read stories? For the characters. So expect my next book to have characters that are even better than those in New Sight.
We can't wait to read Book 2. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts (and answers) with us, Jo.
The next step for all you intrigued readers is to read New Sight and meet Lysandra (Lys for short), Kamau, Brady, Inez, Peter, Mark, and a host of others.
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JO SCHNEIDER lives in Bountiful, Utah, but she has spent countless hours traveling all over the world. Her goal is to visit all seven continents, and she's nearly ﬁnished. Being a geek at heart, Schneider has always been drawn to science ﬁction and fantasy; she writes both. Based on her travels and her experience obtaining a black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate, Schneider's works feature authentic, impressive settings and extraordinary action sequences.
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Want to know more? Check out the book blurb:
After succumbing to the sudden and terrifying urge to rip people’s eyes out of their sockets, 16-year-old Lysandra Blake ﬁnds herself tied down in a psych ward, convinced she’s crazy. The doctors have no answers, and Lys is ready to give up when the mysterious Jeremiah Mason appears, telling Lys that she’s not insane—she’s addicted to a rare and deadly drug that she has no recollection of using. Mr. Mason offers to take her to his facility where he can treat her. Desperate yet suspicious, Lys agrees to go with Mr. Mason to his facility where she meets with a fellow addict, the tall and handsome Kamau. Together they discover that Mr. Mason may not have told them the truth about their condition— they’re thrown headﬁrst into a world of daunting powers that are not only unbelievable, they are dangerous.
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