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Character Introduction: Doomsday Prepper from Doomy Prepper's Complete Guide: How to Survive Fifth Grade and the Apocalypse

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Ahhhh! I can't believe it! The day I've waited for! It's been something like seven years since this story first formed in my mind. Seven long years of living with a character who begged me to tell their story. I'm thrilled that Doomy finally gets to make his grand entrance into the world. In true Doomy fashion, his introduction is last.

Character Introduction: Peter Peterson from Doomy Prepper's Complete Guide: How to Survive Fifth Grade and the Apocalypse

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Today you get to meet Doomy's best friend. The side kick. The guy who sticks by Doomy's side through thick and thin.

Peter Peterson: His name should tell you something about himself, and even a bit about his parents. He’s a perfectionist, a bit of a know-it-all, and a tad bit nerdy. Peter is better than a straight A student. He always gets 100% on all of his work. Period. But he doesn’t brag about it. He just enjoys school which doesn’t always make him the most popular guy to be around because he tends to take himself a little too seriously. That’s why Doomy is the perfect best friend for him. They’re polar opposites, a bit like Bert and Ernie.  Peter has known Doomy forever. Forever meaning since preschool when they found a common interest in Legos and building blocks. They both still have an infinity for construction, Peter especially, as you’ll learn during the latter half of the story. It’s also a nod to book three in the series. (I love leaving little Easter Eggs for my re…

Character Introduction: Melissa Bennett from Doomy Prepper's Complete Guide: How to Survive Fifth Grade and the Apocalypse

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Character Introduction: Bryce Garcia from Doomy Prepper's Complete Guide: How to Survive Fifth Grade and the Apocalypse

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Apparently a bunch of people are storming AREA 51 today. So that's cool. No biggie, right? Just go down, barge your way in and try to find those aliens the government is hiding from us.

I'd laugh except it's kind of the plot of Doomy Prepper's Complete Guide: How to Survive Fifth Grade and the Apocalypse. So I suppose today marks a real example of life imitating art, huh?

Today I'm introducing the muscle of the story.

Bryce Garcia: He’s a bit larger than all of his classmates. Tall and muscular, which is a bit odd for a fifth grader. Mostly because he really shouldn’t be in fifth grade. Bryce was held back in school, but he’d never let anyone know that. Because of his insecurities, he likes to brag a bit, though only Doomy is bothered by it. Everyone else is impressed, including Wybie, who is Bryce’s best friend. Bryce’s dad is a scientist who worked on an important government project in Area 51. Bryce also likes to impress everyone by reminding them that his cousi…

Character Introduction: Wybie Normal from Doomy Prepper's Complete Guide: How to Survive Fifth Grade and the Apocalypse

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I’m so excited about the upcoming release of Doomy Prepper, I wanted to share a bit about each of my five main characters. Doomy, of course, is our lead and I’ll write about him later. But there are four supporting characters, Doomy’s friends, that deserve a big shout out.
One of the tools I like to employ when I’m writing is a story bible. It’s a large 9x12 mixed media art book. In it I glue magazine images that inspire my setting, the plot, and my characters. Part of the bible includes character interviews where I get to know each one of my characters, who they are, what makes them tick, and their backstory. This isn’t necessarily included in the book because who wants a big info dump with a character’s backstory? Not me. But bits and pieces of the character are revealed through word choice, reactions to situations, and their relationships. I love my story bible and refer to it often as I’m creating.
Now that you know a little about how I create, I want to introduce you to the firs…