Character Breakdown: Lila & Ramsey

Svatura-ComingSoon-CrimsonDahlia.fwI’m working on edits for Crimson Dahlia this week and going through old notes to make sure I don’t change anything critical.

I thought I’d share these character breakdowns with you for fun. These days – after taking an awesome workshop by Anna Stewart and Mel Curtis – I do a character breakdown before I start writing. I  use a great book (The Complete Writer’s Guide to Heroes & Heroines: 16 Master Archetypes) as a tool.

Crimson Dahlia is the 3rd book in the series, and is Lila and Ramsey’s story.

Lila Jenner – Crusader

As we start the book, we know Lila is Alex and Adelaide’s little sister. She’s bolder than Adelaide, but also harder to read.

  • Tenacious
  • Confident
  • Headstrong
  • Never backs down from a confrontation
  • No faith in intrinsic human goodness
  • Virtues
    • Courageous
    • Resolute
    • Persuasive
  • Flaws
    • Obstinate
    • Rash
    • Opinionated
  • Rescuer
    • Out to save the piece of the universe that belongs to her
    • Has a right and obligation to go after what she wants


Ramsey Pierce – Lost Soul

As we start the book we know Ramsey is a firestarter – a volatile gift that most don’t survive because they blow themselves up.

  • Tormented, filled with angst & passion
  • Quiet – not a talker, tends to be alone a lot
  • Virtues
    • Devoted
    • Vulnerable
    • Discerning
  • Flaws
    • Brooding
    • Unforgiving
    • Fatalistic


We know Lila and Ramsey have a long (50-100 year) history. We’re just not sure what that history is as he’s determined to stay away from her.

  • Clash
    • Her first instinct is to do something
    • His first instinct is to retreat, or sit back and watch
    • He worries about her having to give up her dreams because he’s seen that happen before
    • She sees him as bitter
  • Mesh
    • Admire each other’s decisiveness
    • Share an honorable stoicism
  • Change
    • She won’t let him hide or withdraw, revives his idealism
    • He proves that his heart is good, helps her learn to choose her battles


For previous Svatura series readers, I wonder if you’ll see these characteristics. For new readers – the series will be released by my publisher, The Wild Rose Press, as a series (1 book a week for 4 weeks) soon – date TBD – you’ll have to tell me if you can see this. 🙂

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