Conflicted Characters – Guest Post 2 – Branwen OShea

While I love all my characters, my favorites to write are the really conflicted ones. I love showing the internal tug of war between their urges and their beliefs because I can so relate. It seems with the upsurge of villain and serial killer shows on television that the public enjoys watching these internal battles as well.

In my latest book, there are two majorly conflicted characters. One is the villain, who wants to save humanity at any cost, but then pays a price he wasn’t willing to pay. The other is an alien who has nearly reached enlightenment and then experiences a trauma that makes him rethink his pacifist ways. Yes, I’m being a bit vague because I don’t want to give spoilers. Do you enjoy reading really conflicted characters? Why or why not?

Branwen OShea author photoAbout the Author

Branwen OShea has collected unusual stories and animal friends since childhood, when wild creatures waited on her porch for help. She helped found a cat rescue and has shared her home with an opossum, skunks, raccoons, and a crow. Her interest in communicating with animals was matched by a keen urge to help people connect with themselves and the natural world through stories.

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3 thoughts on “Conflicted Characters – Guest Post 2 – Branwen OShea

  1. Jodine Turner says:

    Yes, all of my characters are conflicted. It breathes life into their character arc, their transformation.

  2. Jenna Newell Hiott says:

    Yes! The more conflicted, the better. Humans are complex, multi-faceted beings, capable of desiring and loathing the same thing. The best stories come from that tension.


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