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Mark Smith: Creating Believable Characters in YA Fiction

Session Info:

The Road To Winter revolves around three central characters – Finn, Rose & Kas. Finn is 16, shy but resourceful and strong. Rose (19) and Kas (16) are escaped asylum seekers (‘Sileys’). They are sisters who respond to Finn in different ways.

What does a reader look for in a character? How do you build those characters to make them believable? How do you interest boys in female characters and girls in male characters? (apart from the obvious!)

  • Creating stories
  • Writing dialogue
  • Building characters

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