Huffpost OWN

Creating Characters With Soul: 'Hattie' Author Ayana Mathis Shares Her Secret (VIDEO)

Posted: Updated:

Oprah says that while she was reading the latest Oprah's Book Club book, "The Twelve Tribes of Hattie," she found herself waking up in the middle of the night and wondering what the characters in the book were doing -- as if they were real people! So: What's first-time novelist Ayana Mathis' secret for creating characters with such soul?

"What I understand to be my job is to put a real, fleshed-out, dimensional human beings on a page," she says in this "Super Soul Sunday" clip. "And there is no other way to do that than to channel into that human being as deeply as you possibly can. I wouldn't know any other way to go about it. And my interest in creating characters is to spend as much time as humanly possible inside their minds... In that way, I can begin to understand them more and they can begin to seem full and real."

Watch Oprah's "Super Soul Sunday" interview with author Ayana Mathis at 11 a.m. ET on Sunday, Feb. 3 Super Soul Sunday on OWN.

Related on HuffPost:

Close
5 Reasons To Read This Book NOW
of
Share
Tweet
Advertisement
Share this
close
Current Slide

Suggest a correction

Around the Web

Top 10 Questions for Creating Believable Characters

How to Create a Fictional Character from Scratch: 12 steps

Literature -- Creating Character

Creating Your Screenplays Characters – The Script Lab

Fred Armisen On The Multi-Faceted Residents of "Portlandia"

14-year-old creates comic book series

Appealing characters emerge in Mustard Seed's short plays

Filed by Joan Podrazik
 

Stay Connected

FOLLOW US
  • Download The Huffington Post
  • Get Huffington Post for Android
    Enter your mobile number to get the link!
    Message and data rates may apply. By clicking 'Send,' you represent that you are the account holder for the number you provided (or have the account holder's permission to receive a text message) and agree that the AOL Terms and Privacy Policy apply.
  • Get Huffington Post for Blackberry
    Enter your mobile number to get the link!
    Message and data rates may apply. By clicking 'Send,' you represent that you are the account holder for the number you provided (or have the account holder's permission to receive a text message) and agree that the AOL Terms and Privacy Policy apply.
  • Facebook
  • Twitter
    HuffPost OWN
    Thousands of Followers & Thousands of Listed
  • Apple
    Download The Huffington Post
  • Android
    Get Huffington Post for Android
    Enter your mobile number to get the link!
    Message and data rates may apply. By clicking 'Send,' you represent that you are the account holder for the number you provided (or have the account holder's permission to receive a text message) and agree that the AOL Terms and Privacy Policy apply.
  • Blackberry
    Get Huffington Post for Blackberry
    Enter your mobile number to get the link!
    Message and data rates may apply. By clicking 'Send,' you represent that you are the account holder for the number you provided (or have the account holder's permission to receive a text message) and agree that the AOL Terms and Privacy Policy apply.
  • Email
  • Rss
Rob Bell's Course
Subscribe to Oprah on Facebook
Oprah's Book Club Get the latest news on Oprah's new book club. Sign up today >