How to Create Compelling Secondary Characters for Your Novel with Angela Hunt

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We have had episodes about protagonists, the characters who want something that drives the plot forward, and antagonists who get in their way.

But stories do not live on protagonists alone.

Side characters, or supporting characters, play a vital role in your novel. But how do you craft characters that are believable and compelling? How will your secondary characters move your story forward?

We have a guest on the show today who is going to help us answer these questions.

A Christy-Award winner, she writes for readers who expect the unexpected in novels. She is the best-selling author of more than 150 books in multiple genres, including the well-known children’s picture book A Tale of Three Trees. Her books have sold over 5 million copies worldwide.

Angela Hunt, welcome to the Christian Publishing Show.
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3 Responses to How to Create Compelling Secondary Characters for Your Novel with Angela Hunt

  1. JANIS HUTCHINSON November 23, 2021 at 9:31 am #

    I sure wish you would provide the text for those of us who don’t have the time to sit through a long podcast.

    • Steve Laube November 24, 2021 at 11:03 am #

      Janis, We hear you. Unfortunately, the cost can be prohibitive. Either a transcription service or the time to verify its accuracy doesn’t come for free. 🙁


  2. Andrew Budek-Schmeisser November 24, 2021 at 2:21 am #

    Every hero needs a sidekick
    like a comic needs a foil,
    helping see what makes him tick,
    keeping kettle on the boil,
    as the reader’s eyes and ears,
    then translating back to us
    inner hopes and hidden fears,
    and if the scribe employs him thus
    the protag gets a fresh dimension,
    illumination from behind,
    three-dimensional retention
    of a word-created mind
    brought to life by writing sage
    to leap boldly from the page.

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