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Thursday, November 06, 2014

Indie Fall Fest: Medeia Sharif Guest Post

Today Medeia Sharif is stopping by and sharing her wisdom about being an introvert and writing her characters as the complete opposite. Check it out!

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An Introvert with a Drama Queen MC

I’m an introvert. This does not mean I’m shy or that I don’t enjoy people’s companionship. It does mean that I’m on the quiet side and that I like to feel comfortable around someone before I open up to them. Some people assume that I’m too quiet, but I do have my talkative moments.

So how did I write a character like Tabby, the main character of my latest YA novel SNIP, SNIP REVENGE? She’s so unlike me. She wants to be the center of attention. She acts, sings, and dances. She’s a self-professed drama queen and future Academy Award winner. She’ll jump into an argument or fight without any hesitation. Simple…I was able to write her because I observed the drama queens around me. Writers are good observers, by the way. I watched how they commanded attention, made entrances into rooms, handled problems, and so much more.

One remark that I received from critique partners about Tabby is that they’d love to have her as a friend. She might be in-your-face and flawed, particularly since she makes numerous mistakes in the storyline, but she’s fun and funny. She’s also caring and supportive to her friends and family. People like Tabby can pull me into a conversation and situation—although not for long since I’ll revert to my introvert ways.  

Medeia Sharif is a Kurdish-American author who was born in New York City, and presently calls Miami her home. She received her master’s degree in psychology from Florida Atlantic University. After becoming a voracious reader in high school and a relentless writer dabbling in many genres in college, Medeia found her niche writing for young people. Today she is a MG and YA writer published through various presses. In addition to being a writer, she is a middle school English teacher. Her memberships include Mensa, ALAN, and SCBWI.

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Anonymous said...

Thank you for hosting me.

Olivia-Savannah said...

I am also a huge introvert! But I don't find it a problem to write an extrovert because they are easy to see around me and study how they act and react to things.

Krista said...

Hey Medeia,

I know this is incredibly delayed, but you are very welfully. come!

And Olivia-Savannah, I am a mixture of both. I can be extremely extroverted one moment and then insanely introverted the next. I like that I'm not one or the other