On Writing: Dialog

I love to write dialog!

There is nothing more fun for me as a fiction author than setting up two characters in a conversation. The words just flow. I’ve read about how authors really struggle with getting dialog to sound right and, I suppose that would be a problem for me if I was trying to write period fiction or stuff that’s set in a mystical world but I’m not trying to do either of those things so creating realistic dialog isn’t a problem.

I have a secret to tell; my two usual protagonists are modeled on two people who are very near and dear to me – including myself – and some of my other characters are modeled after others in my life. I write each of them as the people they resemble in some way – however slight – talk. These characters are not those people mind you, but they sound like them.

Okay, I admit, Dana is the taller, younger, skinnier version of me – if I were a bad ass customs agent who was very good at my job but insecure otherwise. If she says something it’s because it’s something I would say. Mel is my spouse if she were a county sheriff – which she well could have been if she’d have stuck with police work in her past but, I digress. Stuff Mel says, aside from the police procedural stuff, is all my wife all the time. It’s funny to me that she doesn’t recognize herself when she reads it…

Hang on for the ride because you’re going to get a lot more crackling dialog from both of those two in book 2!

About Anne Hagan

I'm an East Central Ohio based government employee by day and a fiction author by night. I specialize in mystery fiction featuring lesbian sleuths and cozy fiction featuring women sleuths. I also dabble in romance especially romantic lesfic. I live with my wife and our dogs in a tiny town that’s even smaller than the Morelville of my first fiction series and we wouldn't have it any other way. My wife grew up here and she has always called this little village home. Though it’s an ultra-conservative rural community, we're surrounded here by family, longtime friends and many other wonderful people with open hearts and minds. My wife and I are the co-owners of a commercial haunted house: Hagan's House of Horrors. Much as my dream has always been to write fiction, hers has been to create it through the medium of horror. We went full commercial in 2015. Watch us as we grow!
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