- Speech patterns to match education - I expect my Chief Elf L'Evallier to speak "poshly" because I'd established his posh credentials early in my story.
- Slip ups in speech to match character. For example L'Evallier will swear but he is not going to use the kind of language my Eileen, who is far more forthright, would opt for.
- A character that can and does learn from their mistakes.
- A character that makes mistakes! (Nobody likes Goody Two Shoes).
- A character that is prepared to go out on a limb for a higher purpose.
I like my characters (those I write and those I read!) to be well rounded, to have clear virtues and vices and to be the sort of people I'd be likely to get along with. Other things I like to see include:-
I'm Allison Symes and I write novels, short stories as well as some scripts and poems. I love setting my work in my magical world, the Fairy Kingdom, and my favourite character is Eileen, who believes hypocrisy is something that happens to other people without caring that statement is hypocritical in itself! Eileen is huge fun to write for and about.