Unanswered Harry Potter Questions

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. RowlingOne of the things I dislike most when reading books is the questions that I’m left asking once I’ve finished. As an author myself, I know how difficult it is to wrap everything up, especially if you have hundreds of characters, so this is in no way a criticism. If you explained what happened to every character after the books were finished, you’d have to write a whole new book just on that. It’s not realistic, and you can guarantee that someone would always find another question to ask.

If any of you are familiar with the Lord of the Rings books, you’ll know that there is an appendix at the end that sheds some light on what happens to the characters once the adventure is over. It made me happy reading that, as I knew where Sam, Legolas and Gimli went. I wish all authors could do this. Continue reading

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Character Inspiration: People You Know

Character Inspiration People You Know - Lauren Mayhew AuthorThis one may seem obvious, but I think it’s worth writing about. You don’t have to copy someone that you know completely, as that may be a bit too obvious if they ever pick your book up, but you can take certain traits from them.

For example, my first book ‘Reality is in a Dream’ has two characters that are exaggerated forms of two of my old school friends. Certain events that take place in the book involving the main character, Liliana, actually took place during my time at school. It’s quite funny, because I once had a reviewer tell me that she thought these character’s actions were not believable, and yet it actually happened to me. Continue reading