Dear Christian Indie,
We are so excited to be celebrating Rhonda’s birthday on the upcoming podcast; iIt is helping the superstitious among us to deal with the fact that a Friday the 13th is going to be upon us!
Dun, dun, dunnnn!
For those of you who are unaware, there are several superstitious beliefs tied up with the number thirteen, and there are also some particularly gnarly expectations surrounding the idea of a “Friday, the 13th.”
Of course, it is just a silly thing we are pretending to be worried about. After all, none of us are really that superstitious. Also, like Rhonda, I also have a birthdate of the 13th (October for me, though,) and am used to the reactions of people contemplating the implications of having such an “unlucky” date. It always seemed a bit odd to me, in fact, that people would find such a fate as being born on the thirteenth as something to bemoan, as 13 has always been my own personal favorite number.
This week on the podcast, we’re going to be exploring the idea of superstition as well as other “cultural norms” that might be impactful to your character. For example, a character written into an Amish community is going to have an entirely different reaction to the concept of superstition than one born into a nuclear family practicing a big-city lifestyle.
How, we will ask, does this knowledge of the culture your characters are living in impact the way you write those characters? How much is important for you to know about the cultural beliefs and practices of the people around your main character? How do these beliefs and practices impact the decisions your characters make?
We’ll explore all of these questions on the next FRIDAY THE THRITEENTH!
You won’t want to miss it!
See you there,
Jenifer Carll-Tong is the best-selling author of historical Christian romances and co-host of the Christian Indie Writers’ Podcast.