Using Psychology to Build Better Characters

Description:  Eileen Cook, Author, talks with Alexa about building better characters. 

Format: Video Q&A 

Level: This presentation is for all level fiction authors seeking to write better characters. 

Eileen Cook

Eileen Cook


Eileen Cook is a multi-published author with her novels appearing in eight languages. She’s a frequent speaker at conferences around the world. Her books have been optioned for film and TV. She spent most of her teen years wishing she were someone else or somewhere else, which is great training for a writer. In 2018 she won the John Spray award for the best mystery in Canada for her novel The Hanging Girl/One Lie Too Many. She’s an instructor/mentor with The Creative Academy and Simon Fraser University Writer’s Studio Program where she loves helping other writers find their unique story to tell. Her most recent book, Build Better Characters, is a writing guide designed to help writers make their characters leap off the page.

Mentioned in this video:

  • Writing fiction
  • How to write more compelling characters
  • Characters are what pull us in, so it's important to have realistic characters
  • How looking at the psychology of a character can really fully develop them
  • Everyone can learn the skills to write better characters
  • The craft of telling a good story – comes with practice, but there are shortcuts
  • Her Book: How To Build Better Characters
  • so much more!

Learn more about Eileen's books at: 

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