A Writer’s Guilt – Guest Post by A.J. Alexander – on TSRA’S Blog

Today my Guest Post on The Story Reading Ape’s blog got published. I’m very honored he accepted my article.

Thank you so much for your friendship and ongoing support, Chris!


I’m breaking out of the YA Fantasy genre with my new book, stepping into an unfamiliar field. My latest novel has some crime, flawed characters, and a protagonist who doesn’t always make the best choices… and smokes like a chimney.

Now, as compared to the YA’ The Council of Twelve‘ series, I don’t have to limit what my characters say or do. I can add intimacy, attraction, passion, crime, and one or other swear word if I want.

And, I can add cigarettes. But is that a good idea? In a time when the world around us shrinks ‘smoking zones’ to a woeful nothing, where entire cities declare their public places smoke-free environment, and where health warnings are printed on every cigarette pack, should my protagonist smoke?

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2 thoughts on “A Writer’s Guilt – Guest Post by A.J. Alexander – on TSRA’S Blog

  1. I say let the character puff-away. A flawed character, especially a protagonist, can be very interesting. After all, we’re not writing Mary-Sues who are perfect and better than everyone else, and can do things even the mightiest or most-gifted fail at. Protagonists are not meant to be perfect, they’re supposed to be relatable, so having a few flaws just makes them easier to relate to for the reader.

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