about the muir house characters [an interview with @marydemuth]

Written by Dan King

Christ-follower. husband. father. author of the unlikely missionary: from pew-warmer to poverty-fighter. co-author of activist faith: from him and for him. director of family ministry at st. edward's episcopal church. president of fistbump media, llc.

July 27, 2011

[serialposts]One of the most crucial parts of any novel is how the characters develop. In part two of my interview with Mary DeMuth, I ask about how the characters for The Muir House came together.

What I found interesting about Mary’s response was how attached she gets to the characters in her stories.

It’s easy to understand how a reader can get attached to the characters in a story. We read, and connect with people because they’re going through things that we’ve also gone through or can identify with. By the time we finish the book we sometimes feel like we just got done hanging out with a friend.

But the authors of great stories go through the same thing. Maybe it’s because there are pieces of her own story in the characters that she gets frustrated and rejoices with, and eventually comes to miss when the story is over. Whatever the reason, I learned a lot about connecting with the characters in my own writing based on her response.

Watch part two (of three) of the interview here…

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about the muir house characters [an interview with @marydemuth]

by Dan King time to read: 1 min