So, when I sent Run Rabbit Run to Choc Lit one of the first things they asked for was the hero's point of view. If you've read the Sophie Green books you'll know they're all first-person from Sophie's POV, so this obviously wasn't a small task. But the more I thought about it, the more I realised it was just what the book needed to flesh it out.
I was a bit scared to write in Luke's first-person POV, however, because...well, his psyche is actually a pretty scary place to be. Not to mention that it would be pretty confusing skipping from one to another all the time, for me as the writer and quite probably for you as the reader. So I wrote him in third person, and the more I did the more I liked it.
But as I mentioned yesterday, I got to learn so much more about him through simply writing him. I write in quite a deep third-person POV, so it's quite intimate. Even for a character I thought I knew really well, one I've been writing for years and who I've been allowed to fall in love with through the eyes of my heroine, I was surprised at the things that popped up about him.
Things I didn't know about Luke Sharpe:
He likes Saturday morning cartoons
He carries ludicrously expensive items like an 18ct gold lighter, even though he's given up smoking. It was given to him by his family and is symbolic of their attitude to him: the gift is expensive, does it matter if it's personal?
He loves that Sophie can't keep her mouth shut for five consecutive minutes. It also drives him utterly mental
He likes Beethoven
His grandmother owns a racing stables
He believes there ought to be a law against anyone else kissing Sophie
He owns P!nk's album Missundazstood
His favourite photo of Sophie is not of her naked or glammed up, but of her asleep
He's getting a little bit touchy about his age
Does anyone else find you discover more about a character the more you write? Or are you all better planners than I am?