Today I have a guest post with the lovely Katie Sise. She is the author of The Boyfriend App and in this post she shares some of her tricks on how to get inside a character’s mind. If you haven’t read my review of The Boyfriend App yet -and you would like to- you can find my review by clicking on this link
In The Boyfriend App by Katie Sise, super-smart, somewhat geeky Audrey McCarthy can’t wait to get out of high school. Her father’s death and the transformation of her one-time BFF, Blake Dawkins, into her worst nightmare have her longing for the new start college will bring.
But college takes money. So Audrey decides she has to win the competition for the best app designed by a high schooler—and the $200,000 that comes with it. She develops something she calls the Boyfriend App, and suddenly she’s the talk of the school and getting kissed by the hottest boys around. But can the Boyfriend App bring Audrey true love?
Three Fun Tips to get Inside of a Characters Mind
Getting inside of a character’s mind is one of my favorite parts of writing. I studied acting in college, and I spent many years learning how to inhabit a character, which greatly helps with writing fiction. Here are three fun tricks—hopefully they’ll help you with your characters!
1) Spend a day with your characters. Bring them with you and think about how they’d react to the daily things you come across. If it’s taking forever at the Post Office, how does your character react? What about if a waitress is rude, or the lady on the subway is an over-sharer? I’m not saying I go ahead and react the way my character would, (though I know lots of method actors who do!) I just like to take note of what my character would think or do.
2) Write a letter from your character to her parents. One of the reasons I love writing teen is how significant the relationships are between teenagers and their parents. A mother/father/child relationships is significant for adults, too, but during the teenage years, they’re all living in one house together. There can be such a strain that comes from teens needing to assert their independence, especially in the later high school years. But the love inside of a family is so strong, no matter how imperfect they all are, and that’s one of my favorite reasons for writing about them. In THE BOYFRIEND APP, the death of Audrey’s father has a huge impact on her life. He was a guiding force and a source of great love. Now that I’m writing the sequel, THE PRETTY APP, I’m writing from the point of view of a main character who was shaped from the lack of positive parental figures. But she still wants her mom and dad’s love just as much as Audrey did. They miss it in very different ways. Audrey was an only child in THE BOYFRIEND APP, but in THE PRETTY APP I’m enjoying writing about the tense relationship between two sisters. There’s so much love there, even among the hurt.
3) Take a scene written from your main character’s point of view and write it from her love interest’s point of view, her best friend’s point of view, and her antagonist’s point of view. You’ll get to know (and love) each of the characters in your book almost as much as you do your main character.
About the Author
Katharine “Katie” Sise is a New York City based author, jewelry designer and television host. Years ago, at age twenty-four— after dropping a rare and very expensive bottle of champagne on her way to deliver it to Robert De Niro’s table—she realized she needed a way to fund her acting and writing career that didn’t involve balancing a tray full of cocktails. That fall, she taught herself to make jewelry and launched Katharine Sise Jewelry. Within a few months, Lucky Magazine called her a “Designer to Watch” and her company appeared in every major fashion magazine—including Vogue, W, Elle, Self, Lucky, InStyle, Bazaar, Allure, Us Weekly, People, In Touch, Page Six Magazine, Real Simple, FN, Life and Style, Teen Vogue, Seventeen, Women’s Wear Daily, Marie Claire and Glamour. Before she knew it, her celebrity clientele included Kate Winslet, Cameron Diaz, Kelly Ripa, Ellen Pompeo, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Beyonce Knowles, Anne Hathaway and Drew Barrymore.
Katharine’s first book, Creative Girl: The Ultimate Guide for Turning Talent and Creativity into a Real Career (Perseus/Running Press) hit shelves in September of 2010. Creative Girl is written for every woman who wants to make her living in the creative world, whether in an office job or at the helm of her own business. The book is an encouraging and practical take on how to make a living doing what you love.
Her first novel, The Boyfriend App, was published by HarperCollins Balzer + Bray on April 30, 2013. The Boyfriend App tells the story of a girl who, in order to win a scholarship offered by a secretly-evil global computing corporation, invents an app that makes any boy fall madly in love with her, with chaotic results. The Boyfriend App has received rave reviews from Publisher’s Weekly, Booklist, School Library Journal, and VOYA.
Katharine has a BA in Film, Television and Theater from The University of Notre Dame. She lives in New York City with her family.