Digging Deeper Into Character Emotion

We are taught early on to hide our emotions. If a sibling or friend says something mean to us, our caretaker says to ignore it. “Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” Boys are taught to “man up” and not cry. Girls are told they’re “being a drama queen” and overreacting. Adults learn to show only socially acceptable, surface emotions.

Developed by Gloria Willcox

When creating character emotions, writers need to dig below surface feelings. When I first came across this Feeling Wheel, I was so joyful (excited/fascinated) by the possibilities. Knowing the deeper, raw emotions can  create more complex character emotions and influences dialogue, as well.

Emotions have a direct impact on how characters communicate, the words they use to convey or hide their true feelings, and the sound or tone of those words.

Here’s a scenario: Lexi and Tyler are preparing to go parasailing, something Tyler’s never attempted.

Surface feelings: Lexi feels powerful. Tyler feels scared.

How would raw feelings affect dialogue for Lexi? If her powerful emotion stems from feeling important/discerning, she’s liable to speak like a leader using statements rather than questions. If they stem from feeling appreciated/valuable, she’ll probably ask questions and try to boost Tyler’s confidence.

How would raw feelings affect dialogue for Tyler? If his scared emotion stems for being anxious/overwhelmed, he’s liable to speak in clipped sentences. If they stem from insecure/embarrassed, he’ll probably turn into a comedian to cover his discomfort (note: this is my character’s specific reaction to this emotion. Your characters might respond differently).

How do your characters respond differently to deeper, raw emotions? What kinds of things do they do to cover them up?

Cover Reveal: M by Jo Michaels

Happy Wednesday, everyone! Today, it’s all about the cover for a new novel by Jo Michaels titled M. What’s the book about? Well, keep reading!

Title: M
Author: Jo Michaels
Genre: Young Adult Paranormal/Urban Fiction
Publication Date: June 17, 2015
Length: 55k words


In 2026, it finally arrives, the drug promising to make life easier for the masses. One dose of M and anyone can gain an ability. There are no promises made as to what the power could manifest as, but people are crawling over one another to take a chance.

There’s a problem: One pill costs a million dollars. Only those with extraordinary wealth are afforded the luxury of cleaning house with a click of their diamond-adorned fingers or solving a puzzle by talking to it.

A knockoff begins circulating in 2038 that does the same thing as M. Hundreds of thousands of people have mutated for a mere one hundred dollars.

Enter the year 2042.

Seventeen-year-old Griffin is a normal kid, who has a regular job, and dreams of going to college someday. When his girlfriend of three years succumbs to peer pressure, they break up. He believes the body is a temple not to be messed with outside of nature, and she wants to fit in. Once he meets the supplier, things take a turn for the worse.

He’s left with nothing but pain in his heart and the desire to make them suffer when his plans for payback blow up in his face.

Thirst for revenge consumes him, and he finds himself locked in a battle he never anticipated with a merciless kingpin as they struggle to gain the advantage.

How far is too far?

***This book is a standalone novel, suitable for those over the age of thirteen. There is some violence that may not be appropriate for younger children.***

Ready for that cover? Wellp, here it is!


Now, it’s time for the full wrap! Oooooooh yeahhhhhh baby!

Isn’t it lovely?

Release date is set for June 17, 2015. That’s right, you can pick up a copy at utopYA con or online at Amazon.com in June.

For now, you can keep an eye on its page on Jo’s site!

About the Author

JoMJo Michaels is…

Hi, I’m Jo. Let’s forget all the “Jo Michaels is blah, blah, blah” stuff and just go with it. I’m a voracious reader (often reading more than one book at a time), a writer, a book reviewer, a mom, a wife, and one of the EICs at INDIE Books Gone Wild.

I have an almost photographic memory and tend to make people cringe at the number of details I can recall about them and/or their book(s). My imagination follows me around like a conjoined twin and causes me to space out pretty often or laugh out loud randomly in completely inappropriate situations.

I have a degree in graphic design, and my journey to the end was one few students who begin that program ever complete. However, this was one case where my memory and OCD tendencies helped me. Graduation was one of the most amazing days of my life. But, my most amazing day was when my now husband proposed. Every little girl dreams of being Cinderella someday, and he pulled off the proposal of fantasies.

At the risk of sounding cliche, I’m going to let it out there and say how much I absolutely adore the man I’m married to. Along with my children, he’s my whole world.I’ve lived in Louisiana, Tennessee, and Georgia, but I’ve had my feet in almost every state. Traveling is something I adore, and have plans to someday see the Mongolia I’ve written about in Yassa.

One of my favorite things is hearing from fans! You can find me on social media most any day of the week. Connect! I’d love to hear from you.

What do you think? Like it? Interested in reading it?

Cover Reveal for Library Jumpers by Brenda Drake

I met the amazing and talented Brenda Drake online years ago and recently had an opportunity to fangirl her in person at the OWFI conference. I’m so excited to help Brenda reveal the cover for Library Jumpers (release date January 2016). Please show her some blog love by commenting or sharing this post. Thank you!

Library Jumpers
Release Date: January 2016
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads

Gia Kearns would rather fight with boys than kiss them. That is, until Arik, a leather clad hottie in the Boston Athenaeum, suddenly disappears. While examining the book of world libraries he abandoned, Gia unwittingly speaks the key that sucks her and her friends into a photograph and transports them into a Paris library, where Arik and his Sentinels—magical knights charged with protecting humans from the creatures traveling across the gateway books—rescue them from a demonic hound.

Jumping into some of the world’s most beautiful libraries would be a dream come true for Gia, if she weren’t busy resisting her heart or dodging an exiled wizard seeking revenge on both the Mystik and human worlds. Add a French flirt obsessed with Arik and a fling with a young wizard, and Gia must choose between her heart and her head, between Arik’s world and her own, before both are destroyed.

Pre-Order Links

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 About the Author 

Brenda Drake, the youngest of three children, grew up
an Air Force brat and the continual new kid at school until
her family settled in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Brenda’s fondest memories growing up is of her eccentric, Irish grandmother’s animated tales, which gave her a strong love for storytelling. So it was only fitting that she would choose to write young adult and middle grade novels with
a bend toward the fantastical. When Brenda’s not writing or doing the social media thing, she’s haunting libraries, bookstores, and coffee shops or reading some place quiet and not
at all exotic (much to her disappointment).

Author Links

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Cover Reveal Organized by:

10 Things Between Me and You

Is anyone still here?

I’m mad at myself. Over the past few years, I’ve worked hard to build relationships with my blog readers. I’ve posted relevant and interesting content weekly, responded to everyone, and devised a schedule to leave comments on five to seven other people’s blogs daily. hands-718558_640The time and effort I dedicated to getting to know  you better paid off. Visitor numbers increased, more and more people left comments, and new people signed up to follow my blog. Plus, I connected with many of you.

Then these past six months or so…well, you know how I love list.

10 Things That Came Between Me and You

  1. I’ve polished and am now actively querying a shiny new YA paranormal fantasy. Wish me luck.
  2. I’m working on my first New Adult book. It started as a contemporary, but then a zombie outbreak happened. #ParanormalGirlToTheCore
  3. Facebook. Not the best excuse, but it’s honest. My FB friends are too much fun.
  4. Real life. Need I say more.
  5. Volunteering to serve as Conference Chair for OWFI, a year-long commitment.
  6. Pre OWFI conference responsibilities.
  7. Pre OWFI conference responsibilities.
  8. Pre OWFI conference responsibilities.
  9. On site, behind the scenes conference management of all the little things and a couple of big things, alongside fellow Board members. Check out the amazing faculty we had lined up. I’m proud to say 2015 was one of the best conferences ever.
  10. Post-conference, I just needed some time to myself. And chocolate, lots and lots of chocolate.

Well, I’m back now. I miss you. Miss the connection. Drop me a line. Let me know who’s still here. What have you been up to?

My UtopYA Award Eligible Book

I’m so excited about going to uTopYA this June. This is a convention for female writers of paranormal fantasy & the readers who love them. This post is addressed to the uTopYA academy about my book which is eligible for an award and in which categories.

Title: Edge of Truth
Author: Natasha Hanova
Genre: Dystopian/Paranormal Romance

Eligible for:
– Best Dystopian
– Best Paranormal
– Best Paranormal Cover (design by Forward Authority)
– Best Shero in Supernatural Book
– Best Couple
– Best Kiss
– Best Bestie




Thanks to UtopYA and the members of the academy for all their hard work!

~Happy writing and reading!