Using a Character Bible – Is it worth it? – Written By Don Massenzio

Don Massenzio, the author of the Frank Rozzani-series, has published a fascinating post about using a character bible. I’m always enthusiastic when I can share an article that shows us an experienced author’s recommendation. Thank you for sharing yours, Don!


As I embark on my next writing venture after a 2020 hiatus, I realized something. The equation of my age plus the stress of 2020 and the length of time since I’ve written a Frank Rozzani book has added up to me forgetting the details of many of my familiar characters. I remember reading a while back about having a character bible, a book of character profiles. The article I read talked about how this is especially important if you write a multiple-book series with the same characters.

At the time, I said to myself, “I’ll never forget these characters. They’re part of me.” Well, as I get older, I’m pretty sure there are actual parts of me that I’ve forgotten.

As I try to write for my tried and true characters, I find myself searching my previous books for things like dates, names, hair and eye color and other things that would be great to have at my fingertips. As a result, I’m revisiting the idea of the character bible. I thought that one useful resource would be to go to the blogging community of authors, editors and readers and ask for your opinions and experience.

I thought I would begin, however, by telling you what I’ve learned about this tool for those of you that haven’t heard of it or have been using elements of it without realizing it had a name.

What is a Character Bible?

There is no single definition or series of components that make up a character bible. From the research I’ve done, it’s basically a collection of character profiles each of which tell you about the character’s:

  • Name – This might seem obvious, but a character’s name is important. Think of Alex Cross and the numerous James Patterson books bearing his surname in the title. To a much, much lesser degree, of course, there are my Frank Rozzani detective novels that all have ‘Frank’ in some form in the title Frankly Speaking, Let Me Be Frank, Frank Incensed (my personal favorite), Frankly My Dear and Frank Immersed.
  • Physical Appearance/Mannerisms – The characters height, body type, hair color, eye color, physical anomalies and disabilities and other information about how the character looks.
  • History – Information about the character’s backstory, cultural, educational and socio-economic situation and any other relevant information that is material to the plot.
  • Personality – What psychological quirks, conditions or flaws does the character have? What motivates him/her? What are his/her desires? What’s missing from his/her life?

Now, the worst thing you can do is dump all of this information about the character into your story in one fell swoop. You can dribble out the information as needed in small doses. The other thing to avoid, however, is your character developing some ability or piece of knowledge from his background out of convenience to get you past a snag in the story without foreshadowing it first.

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Making a Comeback – Written By Don Massenzio

Welcome back to the writing and blogging world, Don Massenzio!! You were sorely missed!!

Author Don Massenzio

Well, it’s been a while. I used to be a fairly active blogger and writer and, frankly, I’ve missed it.

It’s been months since I’ve made an original post. My job has been very intense and it prevented me from being the blogger and writer that I wanted to be.

What I’ve decided to do is to make a gradual comeback. I’ve got some announcements about audio books that are now available and upcoming writing ventures that I want to share.

I also miss reading some of my favorite blogs and passing them on to my followers.

I might not post every day, or every week for that matter, but i will be on here and I will be reading and sharing select blog posts when I can.

I hope all of you are doing well and I’m looking forward to some interaction, no matter how intermittent.

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Announcing My New Audio Book – Let Me Be Frank – Written By Don Massenzio

Don Massenzio’s second Frank Rozzani-novel is available as an audio book. This is amazing! I read the entire Frank-Rozzani series and I’m eagerly waiting for the next one! These novels are great!


I am proud to announce that my book, Let me be Frank, has been released in audiobook format. This is the second book in the Frank Rozzani detective series.

Here is a synopsis:

A young girl is senselessly murdered. The police believe the murder to be a random homeless casualty until it is discovered she has ties to Fat Sam and his mysterious past life in the Big Easy.

To read the entire blog post go to:

Announcing My New Audio Book – Let Me Be Frank

Author Spotlight – Don Massenzio

Author - Don Massenzio - smallWelcome!

 

  1. When did you start writing? 

I’ve been writing ever since I could read. I’ve been writing in a business setting for over 30 years. I’m frequently called upon to create and edit corporate communications. I have run large teams that were responsible for creating large documents. As for creative writing, I’ve only been published for the past two years or so. My first publication was a short story that was accepted for “Down in the Dirt” magazine. I then completed my first novel in April of 2014 and am about to release my sixth this coming April, 2016.

 

  1. What motivates you to write? 

It’s therapeutic. I travel a lot and that is a tough thing for me. I’m a homebody and miss my family and suffer from homesickness. Writing fills the time that I can’t sleep, when I’m stuck in airports and on long flights.

 

  1. What genre do you write in and what made you chose this particular genre?

My first three books were detective/crime fiction. My fourth book was a terrorism thriller. I also released a book of short stories that crosses other genres. I prefer to write detective/crime fiction because that is one of my preferred genres to read.

 

 

  1. What is your goal in writing? Do you have dreams where your writing should take you?

My goal is to foster a group of readers that enjoy my work in the short term. My long-term goal, after 32 years in corporate America, I would love for the writing, blogging, and publishing to become a retirement type business to keep me busy and supplement my income.

 

  1. Do you ever suffer from writer’s block and if yes, how do you deal with it?

Because my writing time is so limited (I work a 50-60 hour per week job), writer’s block isn’t something I can deal with. I usually have multiple writing projects going so I can hop from project to project if I get stuck on one.

 

 

  1. What advice would you like to give new, hopeful authors? 

Keep writing. Keep working on improving your writing. Don’t get discouraged. Share your writing with others. I wish I had the courage to share my writing earlier in life. I published my first novel at 51 years old.

 

 

  1. Please, tell us about your work. 

I have a three book detective series based on my Frank Rozzani detective character. I also have a terrorism thriller titled, Blood Orange along with a book of short stories called Random Tales.

  

Thank you for being my guest. It was such a pleasure to have you here!!

 

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Here are some links:

 

Website: www.donmassenzio.com 

Blog: https://donmassenzio.wordpress.com/ 

Facebook Author Page: https://www.facebook.com/authordonmassenzio

 

Buying Links

 

Frankly Speaking – Frank Rozzani Detective Series – Book 1: Frankly Speaking Coverhttp://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00JJ5F53O?*Version*=1&*entries*=0

 

 

 

 

Let Me Be Frank CoverLet Me be Frank – Frank Rozzani Detective Series – Book 2:

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00069]Frank Incensed – Frank Rozzani Detective Series – Book 3:

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Frank Rozzani Boxed Set CoverFrank Rozzani Detective Series Boxed Set (Books 1-3 plus bonus short story)

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Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000038_00054]Random Tales – Short Stories

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Blood Orange CoverBlood Orange

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