#ThisIsHowINovel – Character Family Tree



For the past two days I’ve been constructing a family tree for one of the main characters in book three. I’d already sketched her background, so I thought I’d fill in a few details and be on to the next project.

Silly woman.

It’s easy to do background on angels, demons and vampires. There are no rules. You can make up anything. Humans? Not so much.

When you first meet Angela in Angel’s Awakening, she’s Kissera’s blood donor and working in an antique shop. When constructing her history, I started from that point and moved backwards.

Angela is of Chinese Cuban heritage and that required some reading on the unique history of Chinese people in Cuba. The more I read, the deeper down the rabbit hole I went. Sooo many websites bookmarked. It took an hour to figure out which spelling was the correct one for her name. When I finally emerged it was glorious. Angela is finally a fully realized character and getting to know her siblings, parents and grandparents has helped me understand her relationship with Kissera better.

Research is one of my favorite parts of writing. There’s so much information out there. Wikipedia is not the be all and end all. I use it as a starting point. A lot of the time I skip Wikipedia and just dive headfirst into the bowels of Google clicking on anything that looks relevant.

I’ve learned lots from digging into Angela’s family and I can’t wait to share it with you all!


About Akaria Gale

Akaria Gale lives in Brooklyn with her husband, children and a disgruntled cat. She is a native New Yorker, slow cooker enthusiast, hard cider advocate who occasionally finds time to write about the secret world right underneath our noses. One day she hopes to give winter the middle finger and become a beach bum.

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