My characters have flaws. They’re blemished. Defective. And interesting.
No one is all good or all bad. Well, maybe Tess’ father Liam Riley is all bad. I don’t think I gave that man one redeeming feature. I was more generous with Abner Manning. He may treat Lucy as her brothers’ second-class sibling but he respects her ambition.
Tess—now she’s full of flaws. She bullies her friends but runs to their rescue. She’s bossy but brave. Lazy or energetic, depending on what motivates her.
Lucy’s snippy and snotty. Adept at turning up her nose. But she sacrifices to help her friends.
Beany? She’s talented and sweet but a little too wimpy and under her mother’s thumb.
I don’t think an author should like all her characters or like everything about them. She must force herself to make her characters at times odious and obnoxious. Say things she wouldn’t say herself.
Who wants to read a story about perfect people? It’s just not logical—or entertaining.