About meganbates

Hello! My name’s Megan, and I’m a young writer and graphic designer. I graduated from Loyola University a year ago, and during my time as an undergraduate, I had the privilege to do a study abroad in Ireland. I fell in love with traveling—meeting new people, experiencing different cultures, and finding unique places to inspire my creativity. But like many people, student loans and other life expenses are keeping this post-grad tied at home. (For now, at least!) Luckily for me, my hometown of New Orleans offers a lot of awesome opportunities for staycations. But I also want more obscure adventures, things beyond iconic events and places like Jazz Fest, Mardi Gras, and the French Quarter. If you’re a local like me, you love them, but you’ve done them. So, what else is there? That’s my goal—to seek out fresh or little known places both in and outside New Orleans area.

Location Change for September 16th Meeting

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Location: Southport Hall

Address: 200 Monticello Ave.
New Orleans, LA 70121

Directions: Find Ochsner Hospital on Jefferson Highway. Pass up Ochsner Hospital heading toward New Orleans until you come to Dakin Street at a traffic light. Take a right on Dakin and go all the way down to River Road. Southport is on the left. The parking lot is huge, and there’s a sign for the hall. Soft drinks will be complimentary.

*See below post for program speaker.

September 16th Speaker: Kishan Paul

Character Development

From daring escapes by tough women to chivalrous men swooping in to save the day, Kishan Paul’s creativity switch is always in the ‘on’ position. If daydreaming stories were a college course, Kish would graduate with honors. Mother of two beautiful children, she has been married to her best friend for over 16 years. With the help of supportive family and friends, she balances her family, a thriving counseling practice, and writing without sinking into insanity.

Her award winning contemporary romance, Blind Love, was released with Samhain Publishing in June 2016 and her suspense/thriller, The Second Wife, was self published in November 2016. The Second Wife is a Maggie Award for Excellence Finalist and an Amazon 2016 Kindle Book Awards Semi-Finalist. If you want a taste of her work, check out her free contemporary romance novella, Taking the Plunge.

Program Outline

1. Importance of layering your character
  • What is their purpose in the story?
  • Depth (three-dimensional)
  • Not boring or predictable but also not extremely inconsistent
  • AVOID STEREOTYPES
2. Physical features of your character

3. What makes him/her a good hero?

4. Emotional parts of your character

  • Human. Flaws make them lovable and they grow.
  • What makes them flawed?
  • Their past impacts their present (family etc.)
  • What’s their emotional struggle in your story?
  • Obstacles they must overcome in the story and how it changes them
 5. How are they in public? How do others see him/her?

August 19th Speaker: Angela Quarles

Delving into Deep Point of View

Bio

Angela Quarles is a RWA RITA® award-winning and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary, time travel, and steampunk romance. Library Journal named her steampunk, Steam Me Up, Rawley, Best Self-Published Romance of 2015 and Must Love Chainmail won the 2016 RITA® Award in the paranormal category, the first indie to win in that category. Angela loves history, folklore, and family history and combines it with her active imagination to write stories of romance and adventure.

Program

Angela will give an overview of the different points of view available to authors, and then delve into the style known as Deep POV. Are you getting feedback that your story isn’t grabbing readers? Have you had critique partners say they had a hard time connecting with your characters? Have you had one of them say they didn’t feel emotionally engaged? Then this style might help you– it gives a reader a more immersive reading experience and can take your ho-hum prose to a sparkling level. Get reviews that say they stayed up late to finish, or they couldn’t put it down! She will give tips and tricks, as well as examples.