Me Tarzan — You Jane by Camelia Miron Skiba
Publication date: December 6th 2014
Genres: New Adult, Romance
2015 DREAMS Awards Finalist
2015 RONE Award Finalist
Moving on doesn’t always have to mean goodbye.
Widowed makeup artist Jane Sullivan is more comfortable keeping her husband’s memory alive than dating a pool full of sharks. Ella, her 4 year-old daughter, is her whole world.
When Jane meets Lucas Oliver, famous cover model, it’s hate at first sight. His playboy persona rubs her the wrong way.
Accustomed to every woman fawning over him, Lucas is drawn to the shy, uncompromising single mom and completely melts at the sight of Ella. He is determined to convince Jane that sometimes a second chance can mend a broken heart.
Guest Post from Camelia Miron Skiba:
Thank you so much for hosting the virtual tour for my latest novel titled Me Tarzan—You Jane. I’m thrilled to be your guest and discuss with you and your readers about how to make characters believable. Let’s fill up our cups with coffee (tea or wine?) and begin, shall we?
Whether you write a hero or a villain, it is important to make them believable so that your reader cares about them and connects with your story. They go hand in hand—believable characters and story connection and, if I, as the author of it, don’t succeed in creating that, it means I didn’t do my job well. If I didn’t do my job well, it means readers won’t come back for more.
Believable characters are multi-layered or how we like to call them, 3-dimensional. Their layers are:
An arc or development.
Physical attributes can be as simple or as detailed as you want. Whether your character is tall/short, blonde/brunette, young/old, a girl or a man, make sure your reader knows from the start how your characters look like.
Habits help your reader get to know a little more about your characters. For instance, Jane, my heroine in my latest novel Me Tarzan—You Jane, likes to run every day regardless of the weather. Lucas, my hero, is a food and wine connoisseur and a great dancer. Raven, my villain, texts even when she speaks with others.
Quirks are often used to show in depth what type of person your character is. Jane for instance rolls her eyes whenever Lucas annoys her or when she’s nervous she bites the inside of her cheek. Lucas on the other hand rocks in place or scratches the side of his head. These little details about them help the reader identify with them, therefore connect with them.
Whether your characters are raised in a rural area or are city people, have had a big/small family growing up, events that shaped them to be who they are today, these all constitute their background. It’s important to give the reader a glimpse of the protagonists’ past in order to understand their reactions, their behaviors or decisions. For instance Jane has been with only one man, her husband. She’s also raised in a very traditional family and high moral values were instilled in her since early childhood. Her growing feelings for Lucas conflict her because of the very morals guiding her whole life.
In the beginning of a book, characters start a certain way. Some are shy, stubborn, weak/strong, too pushy/ too mousy, arrogant/ humble, etc. The story makes them go through several events, some tragic, some happy, some life-altering. Whatever they go through they must be different at the end of the story, or as we authors call it, they have a developmental arc. I have a tendency to write strong heroines, maybe too strong, but at the end of the story I ensure they become softer, so the reader identifies with them, likes them and roots for their happily ever after. After all, that’s what romance novels are all about, heroines and heroes finding love.
Thanks for having me over and all my best to everyone!
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Ever since I began writing and publishing books I’ve been on the run, always trying to write the next page, the next chapter, the next book. Every story was another journey, another discovery of what I could do and another evolution. All these years my motto was it doesn’t matter who I am or where I come from, but what I leave behind is. I thought I have it all figured out.
Socrates, one of the biggest philosophers to ever grace humanity once said, “I am talking a crock of s***.” I had no idea this expression dated hundreds of years ago and belongs to him, but who am I to argue with him? Needless to say, after some soul searching I realized my motto was a . . . pot of smelly stuff. I had a meltdown because, if you think about it, why would what I leave behind matter more than who I am here and now in this very moment? How will I ever know if what I left behind mattered with no way of seeing it? How am I gonna enjoy it? Think Socrates; does he know how much he touched humankind? Does he know people still remember him centuries later? And if he knows, does it make a difference?
I’m not sure. Frankly I doubt with all my heart it makes any difference to him. He’s gone, like I’ll be gone one day and instead of beating myself up to leave something behind me, I’m going to learn how to live here, now and totally enjoy it. No more worrying about tomorrow, but live today. No more five-year plans, but rather let the sun soak my skin, the air fill my lungs and the grass touch my feet. After all, I only live once.