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  • Writer's pictureJoie Lesin

The Demands of the Character

Updated: Sep 7

…Must be Met

Sometimes when I write, the characters I least expect to hear from talk the loudest.

Take Ashlyn from my current work in process, Watch Over Me.

Her purpose in this fictional world blooming in my mind’s eye was meant to take on the role of a harbinger. With her comes wickedness. And believe you me, wickedness comes from many directions in this story.

She isn’t settling for that role. Nope. She’s digging in her heels, refusing to take up minimal space in my mind. She’s demanding her own real estate–her own personal space.

With one hand on the steering wheel of her little yellow convertible, she’s applying fresh lipstick, adjusting the head scarf she’s donned to keep her hair from whipping in the wind as she speeds down the two-lane highway. Ashlyn is insisting I see her significance and the importance of her contribution to the story. She’s loudly demanding her story be told, too.

I am listening to her. She’s sharing her story and enriching this book.

I cannot wait for you to meet her.


Until next time… who's stories do you think should be told?

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About the Author

Joie Lesin, Author of Speculative Fiction

Thanks to a family with a grand imagination and a love for books of all kinds, Joie learned to value a heartfelt story. Early on she realized writing and storytelling were as essential to her as oxygen. She recorded her first story at six and finished her first novel at twelve. The Passenger is Joie’s first published novel.

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