Today I am so pleased to welcome Addison Albright to Joyfully Jay. Addison has come to talk to us about her latest release, To Love and To Cherish. She has also brought along a great tour wide giveaway. Please join me in giving her a big welcome!
Character voice registers.
I enjoy trying to differentiate the voices of my characters. Not only do I try to give them distinct personalities, but I want their manner of speech to vary, at least somewhat. It should contrast with the voices of other characters, but just as importantly, I want to adjust each character’s register depending on the situation and/or with whom they are speaking.
Registers vary from formal, through consultative and casual, to intimate. In To Love and To Cherish, Nash displays a repertoire of registers.
Nash is a nurse and speaks differently to his former future father-in-law whom he crosses paths with in the hospital elevator (polite and feeling a bit awkward: “I hope your family’s well.”)
…than to a doctor he interacts with on the hospital floor (maintaining professionalism despite feeling he’s been unfairly criticized: “I assure you I’m a very competent nurse. Your patient is in good hands.”)
…or when he’s gossiping with a friend in the cafeteria (comfortably speaking his mind: “What? Seriously, where did you get that?”)
…or chatting with his best friend and temporary roommate at home (no inhibitions: “I expect you to empty a can of Febreze in here before I get back. I don’t want to smell what you’ve been up to. And if it involves that couch, please, for God’s sake, put a tarp on it first. I don’t want to sleep in your funky wet spots.”).
Nobody would expect Nash to speak to one of his patients with the same casual familiarity he used with his best friend. There might, however, be times he wants to ramp up the courtesy with his friend, since he feels like he’s overstayed his welcome, but would still stay on the casual end of the scale.
I guess I can’t speak for other writers, but my own predisposition is to give characters my own voice. From there I have to consciously think about how particular characters would express themselves differently from how I’d do it. So it’s a battle, especially at the beginning of a story when the character is just developing. It gets easier as the story goes on and I get familiar with the character.
Dialogue wording is one item on my list of things to focus on when going back over a story. As a reader I appreciate it when a character’s dialogue suits the situation so I strive for that.
Will Nash find love again? Of course he will. Will he go about it in the usual manner? Now that’s another story entirely.
Jilted by his fiancé two weeks before their wedding, Nash Marino’s outlook on life in general, and love in particular, is jaded. After months of couch-surfing, Nash is fed up. He’s sick and tired of his living conditions, worn out by the demands of his nursing job, and despairs of ever finding love again. In fact, he doesn’t think he’s capable of true love. Monogamy, commitment, companionship, and regular sex…that’s all he wants, and the sooner, the better.
When Nash crosses paths with a like-minded man who’s also in need of a live-in nurse for a beloved relative, Nash figures all his problems are solved. Matters are complicated by a freak accident and amnesia. When Nash’s marriage of convenience scheme is muddied by notions of love after his memory reboot, will their plans go awry, or will Nash’s new outlook on life be just what the doctor ordered?
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Addison Albright lives in the middle of the USA with three peculiar cats. Her stories are gay (sometimes erotic) romance, and tend to be sweet man-love in contemporary settings. Her education includes a BS in Education with a major in Mathematics and a minor in Chemistry. Addison loves spending time with her family, reading, popcorn, boating, french fries, “open window weather,” cats, math, and anything chocolate. She loves to read pretty much anything and everything, anytime and anywhere.
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