Do Characters Tell the Truth?

During my writing this week, I’ve been getting to know one of my story’s characters even better. His interactions with others are tempered by his past. Due to those experiences he endured, he is a very guarded man. When he speaks, he never shares the full truth, and what he does say is skewed by his perceptions. This isn’t one of the protagonists, but is one of the supporting characters who is closer to the center of the action in many scenes.

While he isn’t the only character driven by his past and his perceptions, in the scenes I’ve written this week have reminded me just how much my experiences and worldview drive my communications. That’s one of the things I love about writing. I may not be making a lot of money as I work to perfect my craft, but it gives me the excuse to think about people and how they react. No one ever really tells the whole truth. They tell what they perceive, and only what they are comfortable sharing.

In my current project, I’ve brought together some characters from opposite sides of a conflict. Some are able to feel the magic that once permeated the world, but others don’t believe it. When things get tough, the main characters will have to decide if they can overcome their pasts and share the truth. I’m having a lot of fund writing this book, and taking the time to make it the best I can.

Check out some of my other books on Amazon.

My last book, Collected Lives, takes place near the end of the twenty-second century, with vacations and tourism to Earth by off-worlders controlled by major corporations. The largest corporation, Collected Lives, has several enemies. The story follows the events as four people from different portions of Collected Lives’ process are thrown into the middle of a larger problem.

My fantasy, A Map, a Mage, and a Sacrifice, is set in a world with ancient technology where sacrifice of lifeforce brings magical power. The greater the pain and suffering, the greater the magical energy generated. The Forty mages controlling the empire use voluntary sacrifice of the citizens to generate power they use to protect and defend the empire. But their rule may be coming to a close.

Malignance, my third book in my time travel series that began with Resonance and Dissonance, is on Amazon as a kindle and a paperback. That was a fun series to write, and for now, it is completed. I have also placed all three books from that series into one volume titled The Machina of Time.

If you’re looking for a science fiction story, try my book The Promise of Dust, which takes place in a cloud city floating in the atmosphere of Venus. Or Progenitor’s Legacy: Deceit, which takes place many years in the future on a tidally locked world that orbits a red dwarf and has been reached by humanity in their search for the alien progenitors who seeded the galaxy with nano machines.

If a young adult science fiction is more to your liking, check out my series This New Earth, that starts with Demons of a Dead World and Secrets of a Dead World.

If you are looking for a young adult fantasy, check out my book The Threads Unbound.

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