Creating the Characters of Fast Forward
by Juliet Madison
FAST FORWARD, I only had one character in mind initially. She was an image-obsessed young woman trying to make it big in the modelling industry. I wondered what would happen if she woke up one morning and was suddenly older - how would this affect her? What choices would she make? How would it change her view of life? And Kelli Crawford was born. In the book she wakes up on her twenty-fifth birthday to find she's jumped ahead to the future and is a fifty-year-old housewife living a life that is the opposite of the one she wanted. She has grey-streaked hair, flabby skin, wrinkles, and indigestion. Not only that, she has two grown children and is married to the now middle-aged high school nerd (more on him in a minute).
|Tina Fey as an older Kelli|
|Steve Carrell as William|
Once I had those two characters clear in my mind, then came the children. Kelli & Will's son, Ryan, was an absolute ball to write. He's a gay punk rocker with crazy hair and multiple piercings, a gift for interior decorating, and an absolute darling. He plays an important role in Kelli's journey, and one of my favourite scenes in the book features these two together.
Kelli's daughter, Diora, is a mini-Kelli. Named after Dior, the fashion designer and perfume creator, Diora is a high-maintenance, assertive, talkative young woman who likes the finer things in life. She also inherited Will's common sense and heart of gold, so she is a good balance between the two. Her interactions with her mother throughout the book provide a lot of comic relief, as they navigate through Diora's advanced pregnancy and she asks Kelli for advice about pregnancy issues of which Kelli knows nothing about because she's skipped the last twenty-five years of her life.
|Melissa McCarthy as Kasey|
|Her gorgeous boyfriend|
What I wanted to achieve from this story and these characters was to form a network of people whose journeys intersect and impact on each other. Rather than a collection of characters there for the sake of a book, I hope readers will see them as a group of interesting characters that enrich the story and propel Kelli along her journey of discovery.
Thanks for reading, and I'd love to hear about some of your favourite characters from books. Who are some stand outs for you? And if you're a writer, what do you find fun, or difficult, about creating characters?
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Fast Forward by Juliet Madison
Aspiring supermodel Kelli Crawford seems destined to marry her hotshot boyfriend, but on her 25th birthday she wakes in the future as a fifty-year-old suburban housewife married to the now middle-aged high school nerd.
Trapped in the opposite life of the one she wanted, Kelli is forced to re-evaluate her life and discover what is really important to her. Will she overcome the hilarious and heartbreaking challenges presented to her and get back to the body of her younger self? Or will she be stuck in the nightmare of hot flushes, demanding children, raunchy advances from her husband, and hideous support underwear forever?
Living near the beach on the beautiful south coast of New South Wales, Australia, Juliet spends her days homeschooling her son and running her internet business and her nights writing fiction while doing her best to avoid housework.
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