M – Miranda Preston

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I’m happy to introduce you to my main character, Miranda Preston

Age:  18

Birth Place:  Denver, Colorado

Current Hometown: Seattle, Washington

Occupation: Freshman in college at UT Austin

Major: Piano Performance Major

Favorite Piece to play:  Rachmaninoff’s Preludes, especially No. 5 in G major.

Physical Description: 5’7, 125 pounds, dark brown hair, light brown eyes, really long fingers, great legs. She recently lost a about 60 pounds.

Personality: Very quite, an introvert, but wanted to give off a new persona as she moves to a new town for college. Not comfortable talking about herself. Classical pianist. Very smart and reads a lot. In the past, she spent a lot of time alone.

Habits/Mannerisms: She rarely looks people in the eye unless she is angry and provoked. Not comfortable with people touching her. She is very comfortable being alone. Not very happy with herself even though she spent the last year working on herself and preparing herself to be normal. This idea of normal is important to her.

Background: When Miranda was 8-10 years old, something bad happened to her. Her parents moved her to another city and from that time forward, she has not been normal. She was strangely promiscuous during high school and was the SECRET (that’s not THE secret) f–k buddy for some of the popular boys at school.

Internal Conflicts: Can she every be normal while her past still haunts her?

External Conflicts: Can she build a life with her childhood best friend and still keep her secret in the past where it belongs?

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What do you think of Miranda Preston? What’s more important when you create a character, physical attributes or internal motivation? 

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15 thoughts on “M – Miranda Preston

  1. Is this a New Adult book? Sexual “promiscuity” is very real issue for so many young women; I put it in quotes because I think much of the “slut-shaming” women encounter are for the same behaviours their male counterparts are not ridiculed for. The guys would just say they slept around or kept it casual. That’s what guys are expected to do. I think you have a lot of potential to explore those themes, even if not overtly. YA writer Kody Keplinger writes “bad girl” characters who really aren’t bad at all. It’s an interesting angle to take.

    I wish you luck with crafting your story! Hope you’re enjoying the A to Z Challenge. My theme is Memorable Characters. Glad to have met you!

    1. Thanks for your thoughts Stephanie. Her behavior allowed me to explore what you mentioned and and internal conflict for my MC about whether decisions made for her or the decisions she made for herself will prevent her from having the future she wants. I hope I do the topic justice.

  2. Bright as a new pin on the outside, with a bit of darkness inside – good characterisation.
    For my female characters, the physical attributes must be good, and I make the characters strong, but they must also have a motivation to match.

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