Fictional Genealogies

I’ve always been the type of writer who is deeply invested in her characters; so much so that I turned what was intended as a standalone book into a series of deep, intricate, and complex families that are as much defined by their histories as their individual personalities. Every time I sit down to write, these histories and connections only continue to grow.

I started work awhile ago on lineages and family trees for the Sullivans and Deschanels. Naturally, this requires a certain degree of organization, as the deeper you go, the less useful standard files and note taking becomes. I needed a logical, linear way to view each member of the family and their relation to the other members, as well as a quick glance at dates of birth, death, and other pertinent details. Continue reading

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