A Funny Character Study – A. J. Alexander Examined Carefully

Today I was thinking about checking out my ‘Council Of Twelve’ characters a bit more carefully and more in detail. But where to start? (I’m not necessarily talking about the names). I have twelve amazing personalities. But one blog post about the characteristics of a dozen very unique natures would end up in me still typing next Thursday and you reading until Christmas. I tried to limit the number of my Council of Twelve members to the original four. and had to re-phrase my question: “What character has which character?” Who is Raphael, how is he? How different is he from, let’s say, Gabriel. What are their characteristics based on?

The last question was quite easy to answer, considering I’m a woman… The Zodiac signs!

Yeah – great!

The four oldest members of ‘The Council Of Twelve’ were not born, they were created. Therefore, they don’t have a Zodiac sign.

With a huge sigh, I left the Astrology up to the stars and tried to find out my own characteristics. How can I write about other characters if I don’t even understand my types of characteristics in a professional way?

And there, the first giggles started already. I started at the basics… how did personality, characteristics, and psychology even develop? Where did I start? I’m telling you, I had a good time starting with Hippocrates and his four-temperament-theory.

The four temperament theory is a proto-psychological theory which suggests that there are four fundamental personality types: sanguine, choleric, melancholic, and phlegmatic.[2][3] Most formulations include the possibility of mixtures among the types where an individual’s personality types overlap, and they share two or more temperaments. The Greek physician Hippocrates (c. 460 – c. 370 BC) described the four temperaments as part of the ancient medical concept of humorism that four bodily fluids affect human personality traits and behaviors. Modern medical science does not define a fixed relationship between internal secretions and personality, although some psychological personality type systems use categories similar to the Greek temperaments. (Source, Wikipedia)

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After the history of Hippocrates and the blood-related psychology didn’t take me anywhere, I checked out different personality tests, which all ended up completely confusing. One tells me I’m an extrovert, the other tells me I’m an introvert, one tells me I’m an overcareful personality, while the other informs me that I should try to connect people. Otherwise, I could ‘end up in loneliness.’ I was about everything in between, from a hermit to a party-girl. I didn’t believe the one or other.

Then I read about the Meyers-Briggs Types. According to Meyers-Briggs, there are 16 personality types. I found that quite interesting and read a bit more about it. It seems in a way explainable and after studying the type indicator, which you can find here:

 

I took the free test because I was curious. I had considered myself an INFP Personality and turned out to be an INTP type, “The Thinker.” I was quite close, though.

In case you are curious, here is the personality type page I did the test on. It also shows you the type indicator and tells you exactly what the letters behind every personality means. – CONTINUE TO THE PERSONALITY TEST PAGE


Then I got one step further: since I am definitely not one of the founding members of ‘The Council Of Twelve,’ I do have a Zodiac sign. How well are the description of my Zodiac sign match the description of my ‘Meyer’s-Briggs’ personality test result? Let’s find out:

Meyers-Briggs INTP ‘The Thinker’ – Introverted iNtuitive Thinking Perceiving

  • Independent, unconventional, and original
  • Not likely to place much value on traditional goals such as popularity and security
  • Spend a lot of time inside your own mind
  • Strong ability to analyze problems, identify patterns, and come up with logical explanations
  • Highly value intelligence and knowledge
  • Love new ideas and become very excited over abstractions and theories
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The Capricorn woman might not be very confident, extrovert, and bold. Seduction and sexiness aren’t her favorite techniques. But she is very graceful, polished and well mannered. Capricorn nature is never overly emotional and dramatic. She will remain practical, emotionally stable, and sensible, even in the most sensitive situations. She is great at learning from mistakes. Unlike many women, she is open to constructive criticism. (Sorry, when it comes to me, that sentence is totally wrong. I just left it in the description because it made me laugh loudly.)

The Capricorn woman in marriage often keeps her own desires and needs behind for the happiness of the family. She is smart, hardworking, and capable of achieving the toughest goals in life. She also has a huge appetite for physical love and lust.

Capricorn females are often so fearful of the future that they become worriers before time. Small tensions and anxieties can make them gloomy, depressed, and pessimistic.

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Now, according to these personality studies of myself (HAHA), there are, indeed, a few conformities which I had marked with colored text. These similarities might be a coincidence, or there is indeed something about Zodiac signs.


All this taught me that no personality test is going to tell me I can’t be grumpy when I’m in a bad mood, even though I’m the most balanced character on Earth.

It also taught me, that this particular analysis of myself has taken me about four and a half hours. If I have to analyze each of ‘The Council Of Twelve’ characters this way, you won’t be able to read another book in the series before Easter 2032!

I figure I will continue building my characters the way I’m used to and won’t try to make them more detailed that Hippocrates told me to. LOL

But if you had taken the Meyer-Briggs test please, let us know the results in the comments. I thought it a lot of fun.

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Marketing – Sundance “on Tour”

After I had published ‘Soul Taker’, I found a link to The Good Ebooks & Books Company online, which offers book ads, free as well as paid ones. I checked it out, and it seemed a decently long-existing way to advertise my book. I tried it with the free version.

Since ‘Soul Taker’ was accepted in a quick and uncomplicated way, I decided to try and set up the second book in the series, Sundance.

Once again I filled in the form online and got another polite and friendly email, confirming my submission and telling me that they’ll get back to me as soon as possible.

After only a very short delay I received the information that ‘Sundance’ is online. Of course, they were telling me what advantages a ‘premium’ account would have, but I didn’t get the impression they’re telling me: “Either you’ll upgrade or…”

“Good E-Books” connects authors and readers. They placed ‘Sundance’ in the middle as a New Release. They set it up with its cover picture, the blurb and linked it to its Amazon page.

https://www.goodebooks.net/releases.html

 

Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore – New Book on the Shelves – Sundance: 2nd book of ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series by A.J. Alexander – By Sally Cronin

Today I got the good news that ‘Sundance’ has been accepted onto the shelves of Sally’s Cafe and Bookstore. Thank you so much for the promotion, Sally Cronin! I’m honored!


Another new book to add to the shelves today from author A.J.Alexander – Sundance: 2nd book of ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series

About the book

Sundance is a promising young Warrior Angel, the first in centuries to join the Divine Army. With the help of one of the most powerful Archangels, her skill and talent develop, allowing her to master some of the most difficult tasks that face her kind.Sundance, under the supervision of the ‘Council of Twelve’ seeks to prove that she deserves her unusual gifts in the eternal fight between good and evil. Follow her adventures as she discovers love, fights the good fight, and finds herself in the heat of battle trying to keep her wings from being singed.

Continue reading here

New Links For Sundance

 

I was informed that Sundance can be found on four additional Websites. If you feel like getting it on your Kobo, as a paperback or even on iTunes, don’t hesitate: You will find the 2nd book of ‘The Council Of Twelve’ series here:

Amazon Ebook US

Amazon Paperback US

Amazon Ebook UK

Amazon Paperback UK

Amazon Ebook DE

Amazon Paperback DE

Smashwords

Barnes & Noble

iTunes

Kobo

SCR|BD

!Indigo

 

Watch the trailer, in case you didn’t see it yet:

 

 

 

It’s ‘Sundance’ Giveaway Day! Be A Part Of It And Win!

As previously announced today is

Sundance Giveaway Day

on the Website of the Paranormal Romance Guild


The Release Giveaway will run from

August 18 – August 24, 2019

Check it out, read, comment, play along – and win.

There are going to be three winners and each one will get wonderful prices.

 

Check out the Release Giveaway here


You can find the books and where to get them here:

Soul Taker:
https://books2read.com/u/m2roOj
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Sundance:
https://books2read.com/u/mgGGeX

Reminder Of The Release Giveaway for Sundance

The Paranormal Romance Guild will publish a ‘Release Giveaway’ for ‘Sundance’ running from

August 18 through August 24, 2019

I’m very excited about that!

Sunday you will find the Giveaway on the website of the Paranormal Romance Guild:

https://www.paranormalromanceguild.com/

There will be three winners! Make sure you are going to participate. I’d be very happy to welcome you there!.


Soul Taker Secrets – Who Would I Cast For My Characters?

I have been asked not once, not twice, but many times: “If Soul Taker would become a movie, who would be your dream cast?”

Now that ain’t easy…

See, there are quite many characters, and in my case, I would hope every single actor of the ‘leading crew’ would stay through the entire series, which, of course, ‘The Council Of Twelve’ is.

Who are the leading characters in this particular book? I would say, we got 14 of them. Yes, fourteen. The entire Council Of Twelve, plus Katie, of course, and their main opponent, Lucifer.

So, let’s get started:

Michael – Chris Hemsworth

 

 

Raphael – Christian Kane

 

 

 

Uriel – Anthony Dale

 

 

 

 

Gabriel – Steve Howey

 

 

 

 

Benadrel – Laz Alonso

 

 

Tsechirel – Dwayne Johnson

 

 

 

Zachariel – Jason Momoa

 

 

Anghariel – Ian Somerhalder

 

 

 

 

Centriel – Ryan Reynolds

 

 

 

 

Deonur – Aaron Taylor Johnson

 

 

 

 

Simael – Orlando Bloom

 

 

Santanael – Daniel Dae Kim

 

 

Katie – Arielle Kebbel

 

 

 

 

 

Lucifer – Chris Pine

 

 

And of course, there is that one character in my series. A character I would never show or describe. But I secretly dream about His voice is the one of James Earl Jones.

 

 

(All pictures are courtesy of Google.com)


Of course, this post was born in an overtired good mood – and maybe tomorrow I would switch them all or replace them. But right now, these are my favorites.

That doesn’t mean I won’t be open to some recommendations or suggestions. Let me hear them in the comments.

Have you ever thought of casting your books? I’d be curious to hear that too.