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Monday, October 21, 2013

GUEST POST / The Descending Darkness By Michael Chulsky

Let’s Talk: Character Connection with Michael Chulsky

I’m so excited to be here at Confessions of the Paranormal to talk a bit about character connections and the difference they can make in a story.

When I read a story, the first thing I take note in are the characters. In my opinion, it’s not the story that draws you in as much as it is the characters and how they deal with situations they are placed in. I don’t think anything kills a novel quicker than an unrelatable character. And the thing that makes a character unrelatable is if you can’t form a mental connection with them.

One of the most important things when writing a character is to have something inside of them that creates a strong connection with the reader. They need to have something extra, a certain je ne sais quoi, if you will. It’s all about forming a connection and finding similarities, things that make you want to know more about the particular character. If the reader can’t form a connection, they simply won’t care about the character – plain and simple.

In The Descending Darkness, I aimed to not only make the characters realistic but to make them relatable. I wanted there to be a character for everyone.

You have Shadow who is closed off – presumably because he doesn’t want to get hurt. He’s also very awkward and doesn’t know how to deal with affection. With Ellie, I went about things differently. I wanted to create a strong and positive female character that women could be proud of. She isn’t overly sexualized or a victim. She’s powerful, smart, and honest. You also have Cameryn, who was tortured and abused for who/what he was, by parents who were supposed to love and protect him. I think many people, especially those of the LGBT community, can sympathize and relate to him. There are more but these are just a few examples.

I want people to fall in love with my characters and believe in them as much as I do. And I’m sure every author feels the same. I hope that the characters speak for themselves. =)


After going from demon hunter to babysitter, seventeen-year-old SHADOW has truly hit rock bottom. One week he’s slaughtering demons, and the next he has ten super-powered teenagers in his care. Shadow needs them, because without them he can’t hope to defeat his new foe. But he’s never dealt with other teenagers before. He never had a real childhood. He’s always been a loner. Hell, he’s tried the whole having-a-pet thing. It died.

Shadow’s mission: save the world and ensure his team survives the potential apocalypse. If MAEDARA, self-proclaimed fashionista and Queen of Evil, wasn’t trying to rule the world, it’d be cake. Now, not only does Shadow have to deal with teens more concerned with going to the mall than fighting evil, but also a villain who, in his opinion, makes Lady Gaga look like Mother Theresa.

About Me

Michael Chulsky grew up in New Jersey and has been writing ever since his fourth grade teacher let him create a class newspaper to channel his creativity. He is the author of The Descending Darkness and currently lives with his fiancé. When not writing he enjoys browsing Tumblr, listening to music, and devouring every piece of cheesecake that falls into his line of sight.

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