We're All Fans
We’re all fans of something or someone. There’s a good chance that as you’re reading this, you’re thinking about something in particular that you absolutely love, enjoy, or admire.
I’m a total nerd about the things I’m into. I love video games (mostly RPGs, but I also love anything with cute animals in it.) I somehow became a big fan of Canadian indie music, despite the fact that I’m American. I also adore anything Disney, I’m fascinated with both Star Trek and Star Wars, and I love reading children’s books of all kinds.
As a writer, I try to remember that my characters are fans, too. And they’re not always fans of the same things that I’m into. My latest book features a character who is obsessed with video games—which is easy for me to relate to—but the other main character is really, really into math. And math and I aren’t exactly best buds. One of these days, I might even write a character who’s a total sports fan, which is something I definitely can’t relate to.
For those of you who create your own characters, what are they into? If they were the #1 fan of anything in the world, what would that thing be?
What are you a fan of?
Shelley Sly lives in the Washington, D.C. metro area with her husband and their chocolate lab mix. She writes middle grade novels about friendship, family, and figuring out where you fit in. Shelley is the author of WISHING FOR WASHINGTON, and her brand new release, ONE HUNDRED THIRTY STARS. You can find her online at www.shelleysly.com.