Flawed Characters

Michell Grey PhotoWe asked Michelle Grey to share with us her views on flawed Characters…

Hello, and thanks for letting me join you today. My name is Michelle Grey, and I write contemporary romantic suspense. I enjoyed reading several of your reviews and appreciate your honesty and insights. I was asked to talk about turning character flaws into something that adds to the story line.

Good fiction, in general, MUST incorporate character flaws into the story line. Part of the reason we read is to experience the evolution of a character, and the journey that forces his or her growth.

In Convergence, my most recent novel in the Long Shot Series, Tori Whitlock carries a lot of baggage and uses alcohol to cope. Her inability to resolve her past drives her need to chase tornadoes for a living, and her most consistent and trusted relationship is with a bottle of Wild Turkey.

The story, set around the premise of a serial killer targeting her, is primarily about Tori (and Jack Mathis, her hero) finding a way forward, beyond the things of their pasts that hold them both captive.

Every character has flaws. Using them in the story line is critical for emotional connection between the reader and the characters. Tori was one of my most flawed characters, but man, does that make her redemption all the sweeter. Hope you enjoy her story!

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About Convergence by Author Michelle Grey

Cover ConvergenceNothing comes between Tori Whitlock and her tornado chase season — not a serial killer, not even the hot FBI agent who’s vowed to save her life. But Detective Jack Mathis plays tough. Ending this case isn’t just his job, it’s his mission. And he finally has the advantage.

He faces Tori’s hostility and objections head-on, interjecting himself into every aspect of her life, and leaving him no time to dwell on his own.

Through the twists and turns of the madman’s game, Tori is forced to adapt to her unwelcome circumstances. Still, she fights Jack’s presence, and her attraction to him, as he tries to open doors better left closed.

For Tori and Jack, life and death decisions are part of their jobs. But, can they overcome their pasts and realize that there’s a difference between life and living?

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About the Author

Michelle Grey is an avid lover of books, and had always thought that someday she would take up her pen and write romantic suspense. In 2009, Michelle was diagnosed with a rare form of ovarian cancer, and she realized that “somedays” aren’t guaranteed. This life changing event motivated Michelle to pursue her dream of becoming an author.

In January of 2013, Michelle released her debut novel, Dangerous Ally.

In September of 2013, the next book in her Long Shot Series, Unspoken Bonds, was published.


All proceeds go to the Vicki Welsh Ovarian Cancer Fund

Now a cancer survivor, Michelle decided to use her platform to promote awareness of ovarian cancer and its symptoms. In January 2014 she published, Are You Listening: A Personal Journal of an Ovarian Cancer Survivor.

Because it is so important to spread the word, one hundred percent of the proceeds from this $.99 ebook go directly to the Vicki Welsh Ovarian Cancer Fund to support their mission of fighting ovarian cancer through awareness, education, research and support.

Michelle lives in the Midwestern US with her husband of twenty-eight years and has four amazing and unique children, a wonderful son-in-law, and two beautiful granddaughters. Michelle believes that any day that involves family, writing, or reading is a great day, indeed.

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35 Responses to Flawed Characters

  1. Mai T.

    Were any of the characters based on real people or your own experiences?

    • Michelle Grey

      I love storm chasing, probably because I grew up in the Midwestern US. The genesis for Tori’s character came from watching Reed Timmer’s chase show. I took his fearless attitude then built a backstory around it.

  2. Lisa Brown

    Congrats of the tour, and thanks for the chance to win 🙂

  3. Victoria

    Really great post – thanks for sharing 🙂

  4. I think the characters are SO important to a story. I don’t expect them to be perfect, but I don’t want to spend hours with someone I don’t believe is real or that I don’t respect on some level. Thanks Michelle, for sharing with us!

    • Michelle Grey

      Totally agree, Felita! If I’m not invested in the character, the story is meaningless. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. James Robert

    Good Afternoon! Have a terrific day and thank you for the chance to win

  6. momjane

    I really enjoyed your comments. This is a great sounding story.

  7. Dario

    Sounds like a great read, hope I’ll have a chance to read it soon!

  8. Congrats on the new book and good luck on the book tour!

  9. James Robert

    I’m running late today but still wanting to stop by to thank you for the chance to win

  10. I enjoyed reading the guest post. This book sounds like such an interesting and intriguing read. Looking forward to checking out this book.

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    I am really enjoying following this tour, thank you for all the great blog posts and excerpts!

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  13. Nikolina

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  15. Trix

    I prefer flawed characters myself!

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