The Heart of Character Development

Edward Galluzzi

Edward Galluzzi Author Interview

Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C. is a suspenseful political thriller with plenty of twists. How do you balance story development with shocking plot twists? Or can they be the same thing?

Balancing character/story  development, plot progress and plot twists is risky business to the writer. If plot twists are ‘random’ and do not connect to or further the main plot, or if the link is weak, story development suffers. Well connected twists serve to move the story along in the writer’s ‘intended’ direction, but I do not think that story development and plot twists are the same thing. Plot twists enhance story development or detract from it.

Friendship, love, sacrifice and duty are virtues that are highlighted throughout the story? Why are these important to telling the story?

Human virtues–particularly the altruistic  ones–are at the heart of character development. They resonate and strike an emotional chord with most readers, while providing a moral compass to the character, driving reader and character down the same path. Some readers identify directly to these virtues, others do so vicariously.

I enjoyed reading about Hannah and Harrison and watching their love develop. What was the inspiration for their love story and the connection they have?

I did not want to write solely a political novel. During the year of writing, I was intrigued by elements of mystery, suspense and romance, with a little humor thrown in on the side to seduce the reader in the story. The relationship between Hannah and Harrison is based on two people from my past.  They are passionate people who love deeply; hence, it did not require much time for them to decide to be forever bound–in our story, an adoring four months. Despite their chosen careers, Harrison and Hannah’s emotions and ambitions overlap, and their intricate life dance ensues.

Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C. is an interesting title? Where did you come up with the name?

The title is an outgrowth of the main plot in Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C.  To say much more would be too revealing.

When can your fans expect the next book to be published?

I am working on several projects, and also considering a sequel to Mirror, Mirror at 1600 D.C. However, I have no set deadline. I typically spend a year writing a book, complete with revisions.  I have authored other books (all books published by CCB Publishing and available in paperback and ebook): Beginnings is based on the lives of two people in love that propels the reader on an emotional roller coaster, as events unfold in their lives. Twelve Upon a Time – Bedside Story Collection Series are 12 colored books that span across the 12 months of the year. Side Stepping the Rules: Broken or Not is a sensitive man’s guide for escaping the clutches of the woman who thinks she’s Mrs. Right. If you are looking for a politically correct book, this isn’t it!

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