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||CHARACTERIZATION: Making Strengths and Weaknesses Work For You (or No More Mary Sues!)
||Down with one-dimensional cartoon-like characters! Down with the two-dimensional ones, while
we’re at it. Embrace your characters—warts and all—in this lively workshop with Bantam author
Reviewers note that: “Her characters are intelligent, no-nonsense and have a depth that gives me an
instant mental picture…” (Road to Romance Reviews) “I confess to a growing weakness for mature
heroines who can present themselves as total equals, matching strengths and vulnerabilities to men
with likewise believable and endearing characterizations. And Sinclair succeeds with pizzazz.”
(Midwest Book Reviews) and “The author’s sure hand with characterization makes each twist of this
emotionally laden storyline as suspenseful as any well-wrought battle scene.” (Science Fiction Weekly)
Sinclair, a retired private detective, will show attendees how she uses police and investigation
suspect information sheets to help craft interesting, memorable characters that readers and
reviewers will love. She’ll help writers dialogue with their characters to bring out information that
builds depth and uniqueness. She’ll also discuss the pros and cons of using archetypes, astrology and
tarot to build story people.
||RITA® Award Winning Author
||Winner of the prestigious national book award, the RITA®, science fiction romance author Linnea Sinclair is a name synonymous with high-action, emotionally intense, character-driven novels. Her books have claimed spots in the Locus Top Ten and received starred reviews in Publisher’s Weekly. Romantic Times BOOKreviews magazine consistently gives Sinclair’s books 4-1/2 stars (their highest rating). Starlog magazine calls Sinclair “one of the reigning queens of science fiction romance.”
Her previous careers include news reporting and private investigation. Since 2000, she’s taught seminars in the craft of writing for all levels of writers via on-line writing sites and at writing conventions nationwide.
Sinclair resides in Naples, Florida with her husband, Robert Bernadino, and their thoroughly spoiled cats. Readers can find her perched on the third barstool from the left in her Intergalactic Bar and Grille at www.linneasinclair.com .