How to Evoke Strong Emotion in a Fictional Character — Norma Gail ( + Giveaway )

Today I am excited to welcome Norma Gail as she shares about her writing and her recent release. Read through to the end to find out how you could enter her giveaway.

To evoke strong emotion in a character requires the author to experience similar feelings. Powerful emotions in characters lead to strong reactions from readers. My recent release, Within Golden Bands, is romantic suspense containing solid elements of women’s fiction.

Women’s fiction concentrates on the woman’s journey, where women identify with and relate to the female protagonist’s experiences.

Book One in my A Home for My Heart Series, Land of My Dreams, is a contemporary romance set in Scotland. Within Golden Bands begins shortly after Bonny and Kieran MacDonell return from their honeymoon when she loses their miracle baby to an ectopic pregnancy. The first book established that pregnancy was a long-shot for Bonny. She struggles with the loss of their child and the desire to adopt. Kieran is not prepared to consider adoption.

As the mother of two adopted children, I have longed to become a mother. Though I never experienced a miscarriage, my sister and many of my friends did. I allowed myself to return to painful memories of fertility treatments and our decision to pursue adoption.

The first scenes were raw and ugly, much like method acting. Time allowed me to edit, soften, and fictionalize the emotion. My husband helped with the reactions of Kieran. I find a man’s ideas helpful when writing male POV.

While adapting to married life, the couple deals with a stalker, a family secret, and the potential loss of life and livelihood. The beauty of Scotland and a joyful love story balance the pain of their loss and struggle.

It’s not necessary to have experienced the exact situation. We all have grief and pain in our past. Dig deep into the well of experience and write from the darkest part of your soul. Readers will turn pages when the emotion is compelling.

Click here to read the first chapter of Within Golden Bands:

Leave a comment to win a signed copy of Within Golden Bands.

© Norma Gail Holtman, June 24, 2020

About the author

Norma Gail’s debut novel, Land of My Dreams, won the 2016 Bookvana Religious Fiction Award. Within Golden Bands releases May 19th. A women’s Bible study leader for over 21 years, her devotionals have appeared in several publications. She lives in New Mexico with her husband of 44 years. They have two adult children. To connect with her, you can follow her blog, or join her on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, Goodreads, BookBub, or Amazon.

Buy links:

Land of My Dreams

Within Golden Bands –

7 thoughts on “How to Evoke Strong Emotion in a Fictional Character — Norma Gail ( + Giveaway )

  1. Thanks for your advice, Norma, I always like to have my work critiqued by a qualified female writer since I, as a male, struggles with my female characters’ POV. I am currently working on a novel of the old South that has several romantic elements in it, though it’s not strictly a historical romance because it has a bit of a mystery in it too. Your advice is most helpful,

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