I’m always looking for questions to ask my characters; anything to pull them out of their shell and see how they act in foreign territory. I wondered what it would be like if my characters participated in other Middle Grade and Young Adult stories. How would they act in Narnia, or at Hogwarts? It’s interesting to see how your characters act in a completely different setting. .
Questions Based on Operation Redwoods:
Waking up alone in an abandoned office, Julian Carter-Li intercepts an angry e-mail message meant for his high-powered uncle:
SIBLEY CARTER IS A MORON AND A WORLD-CLASS JERK!!!
With that, OPERATION REDWOOD is set in motion as Julian discovers his Uncle Sibley's plan to log an ancient redwood grove in Northern California. Will there be "consequences" when Sibley discovers Julian's been tampering with his e-mail? Can Julian find out more about Robin, the intriguing girl who sent the message? Can he escape math camp for the summer and help save Big Tree Grove? Is Operation Redwood doomed to failure . . . or is there hope?
1) Does your character have a cause that he/she is passionate about?
2) What would your character be willing to risk for a cause that they believe in?
3) Does your character have a best friend?
4) How would your character handle the relationship with his/her best friend when a new friend enters into the picture, (especially if that new friend is the opposite sex.)