Housekeeper - Mrs. Piper
I needed a wise voice, a dedicated Christian character, who will influence the heroine to turn to God. I chose this photo of the real Mildred Natick who played many secondary roles as a fiesty, stern, capable, big-hearted governess or housekeeper in movies. This woman is helping me draw my Mrs. Piper, the Chrstian housekeeper of my hero in my story who will greatly influence both h/h.
Here are just a few other secondary characters in my coming novel. I've found it good to have a photo to represent them, too, but won't include them here.
Emma Ducworth - Captain Ethan Becket's second cousin and a widow, pretty woman with 2-year old boy, comes with his parents to Charles Town and is interested in widower Ethan.
Grace Becket - hero Captain Ethan's older sister he will rescue from Spanish captivity
Senora Lucia Chavez - heroine Marisol's aunt in Cartagena
Tim Cullen - loyal Irish Lieutenant on Captain Ethan's merchant ship
Danny -age 13, cabin boy on Captain Ethan's ship, he takes under his wing
I have quite a few other secondary characters and photos of them all unless their part is very small in the story.
Naming of Characters
A great help in naming my characters is a fill-in sheet with blocks for the ABC's where I list each character's name to make sure I don't name too many characters with similar names, or starting with the same letter. This can be confusing during the writing and for my later readers.
How are you coming with your novel? Are you in the idea stage, outlining, or already writing up a storm? Would love to hear from you, and please do share this blog on your social media for all those out there thinking about writing a novel.
In my next blog I will share how I do a fluid chapter outline to keep me moving and on target in my novel writing. Perhaps it will help you. Thanks for stopping by!
Elva Cobb Martin