Characters & Personality – Abria Mattina Author of WAKE

by | Dec 20, 2011 | Author Guest Post, Books

Just a quick welcome and Thanks to Abria Mattina for guest posting today! If you have not read WAKE… it is a wonderful, intense, emotional book! Check out my review HERE.

Wake by Abria Mattina


by Abria Mattina

Kindle / Barnes & Noble

Pages: 727
Published: September 22nd 2011
ISBN: 9780986957

Eighteen isn’t too young to run your life into the ground, but it’s not too old to fix it, either. The desire for change drives Willa Kirk from St. John’s, Newfoundland back to her hometown of Smiths Falls, Ontario, away from her mistakes and the place where her sister died. She’s looking for a place to settle and rebuild, but Jem Harper just wants to get out of town, back to the life he knew before cancer. By letting the tragedies in their lives define them, they are both dying a little more every day. Welcome to the wake.

Guest Post: Abria Mattina

Author of WAKE

Characters and Personality
A common writing exercise when one is first starting a novel is to interview your characters. Plenty of how-to writing books and websites suggest questions for this exercise, such as, “Where did you grow up?” and “What’s your favourite food?”
I enjoy running my characters through a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator questionnaire. In the end I not only know them better, but I have a more consistent grasp of their personalities.
MBTI is a personality inventory that is designed to make the theories and psychological types described by Carl Jung understandable and accessible in real-life situations. “The essence of the theory is that much seemingly random variation in the behavior is actually quite orderly and consistent, being due to basic differences in the ways individuals prefer to use their perception and judgment” (1).
There are sixteen personality types, each labeled with four letters, which represent: Extroverted, Introverted, Intuitive, Sensing, Thinking, Feeling, Judging, and Perceiving. I’m an INTJ—an introverted, intuitive, thinking, judging personality.
There are plenty of online quizzes that you can take to figure out the MBTI of yourself or your characters. I find it quite accurate in predicting how certain people will react to certain situations or process certain emotions.
For more information about MBTI, check out Personality Pathways (, or try an online quiz at MBTI Complete ( My favourite book to use when ‘interviewing’ my characters (and stolen from my mother), is Nurture by Nature by Paul D. Tieger and Barbara Barron-Tieger.
(1) From MBTI® Manual: A Guide to the Development and Use of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator®.
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Disclosure: This Guest Post was provided by the Author as a part of the BLB Book Tours. This is NOT a compensated post.


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