Character Development with Paula Altenburg and Giveaway

Today, please join me in welcoming fellow author Paula Altenbrug. Paula is dropping by today as part of her virtual book tour celebrating the release of her latest book, Pale Moon Walking. Pale Moon Walking was published on September 28 by Entangled.

Paula Altenburg lives in rural Nova Scotia, Canada, with her husband and two sons. Once a manager in the aerospace industry, she now enjoys working from home and writing fulltime. Paula writes fantasy and paranormal romance, as well as short contemporary romance. You can learn more about Paula by visiting her website, her blog, on Facebook and by following her on Twitter.

altenburg_pale moon walkingABOUT PALE MOON WALKING: US Marshall Sam Kyote has been sent to the dry old town of Coyote Bluff to recuperate from a top-secret government experiment that’s left this law man a little…well, different. But Sam’s about to find out that the town of Coyote Bluff has a whole lot of secrets. Most of which lead to Libby Mayden—the sexy, long-legged, and tight-lipped sheriff who saved his ass from an alien ambush. The last thing Libby needs is a US Marshall poking around her town, especially one who’s hotter than the Nevada desert sun. She can’t let Sam find out most of her town are wanted outlaws. Between the aliens, the gunfighters, and a searing sexual attraction to Sam, she’s in a whole heap of trouble. And Libby’ll stride both sides of the law—and Sam—until she’s forced to choose between self-preservation…and her heart.

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And now, let’s hear from Paula….

“Watching Libby wrestle another woman to the ground had to rank as one of Sam’s all-time top favorite events.” ~ Sam Kyote, Pale Moon Walking

Hi, Everyone!

First of all, thanks for having me here today. My name is Paula Altenburg, and Pale Moon Walking is my 8th paranormal romance, although it’s a bit of a mash-up as far as genres go. It’s an historical western sci-fi romance set in 1877. There are nanoparticles and aliens, not to mention a sexy sheriff and hot marshal.

Creating characters is my absolute favorite part of writing. But, I can get carried away. As my editor said: “I don’t think it’s necessary for your gun-toting, bare-knuckles brawling, baseball-loving pastor with a dubious past to also be gay.”

I assign details like that, and believe me, my characters become pretty entrenched in my head when I write. Sometimes, though, it’s easy to lose track of how your characters might react under certain conditions. What is their motivation? More importantly, how do they feel?

I don’t have a playlist for my books. I need quiet when I write. But I love music. So I give my characters songs. This is so much fun. When I’m stuck on a scene and I’m not sure what my character would do in that particular situation, I play their song.

Sam is fun-loving and a bit of a tease. He’s honest—very much so—but also a rebel. He doesn’t always need to follow the rules to do what he believes is right. He likes a woman who’s strong and independent, and knows her own mind. Sam’s song is Bruce Springsteen’s version of Save the Last Dance for Me (I’m Canadian, so these links don’t always work. You might have to do a search on YouTube.)

Libby is much more of a loner. She’s the person everyone believes is incredibly strong, because really, she is. She won’t hesitate to kill a man, but only if he deserves killing. Libby’s song is Secrets by OneRepublic because she’s got a ton of them.

I have songs for the other characters, too. One in particular, but if I shared it, it would be a spoiler. You’ll have to take my word for it.

Now I have a question for readers. When you’re reading a book, do any songs come to mind? And for writers—have you ever given your characters songs?

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Thanks, Paula. Congrats on the release of Pale Moon Walking.

In association with Paula’s virtual book tour, she is giving away three print copies of The Demon’s Daughter. The Demon’s Daughter is the first book in Paula’s Demon Outlaw series. In order to be entered for your chance to win, you must leave a comment answering Paula’s question and then enter using the following link:

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10 thoughts on “Character Development with Paula Altenburg and Giveaway

  1. Congrats on the release of Pale Moon Walking! I loved The Demon Outlaw series and I can’t wait to read this one.
    To be honest when I read a book I’m to involved in plot to think of music or anything else for the matter.

  2. Hi Paula! This series sounds awesome, by the way!
    I don’t listen to music while writing, but do like to make a playlist gearing myself up to write. For the retelling of The Little Mermaid I am writing, the nerdy prince gets Coldplay’s “The Scientist” as his song, while the mermaid herself gets “Don’t Speak” by No Doubt. Choice of music probably contributes to all the feels in the story (well, the source material helps a lot, too). Thanks for the great giveaway!

  3. wow!!! This looks and sounds awesome 🙂 Congrats to Paula on her new release! I never listen to music while I read. I can’t hear it if I’m deep into a story and it’s a waste of electricity to have it on. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Well, of course the Tufa books by Alex Bledsoe make me think of songs. Music is such a big part of those books. Also, Tanya Huff’s Enchantment Emporium books have a huge amount of music in them, that is part of the magic. I wish those books had soundtracks!

  5. Congratulations on the release of Pale Moon Walking! When I am reading a book, I don’t think about songs unless the author mentions a song in the story.

  6. I have several songs in mind when I’m reading a book. I even get classical music from time to time.

  7. I don’t think of music when I read because I’m too involved with the characters. This book looks terrific and I’m adding it to my TBR list.

  8. When I read a book, I become immersed in the story, but no, I don’t usually hear songs – unless a song is mentioned in the story. 😀