In the third book of my Touched by a Demon series, my protagonist is a very closed-off woman. She was raised in foster care after her mother died in a meth lab fire that took several neighbors’ lives, but she’s created a persona for herself with a completely different background. She claims to have been brought up by her maternal grandparents. She even carries a picture of an elderly couple in her wallet to support her claim.
The thing I’m running into that’s a little tricky is that, if she really is that closed off, she’s going to be very careful about what she reveals. That will affect not only what she tells other characters, but also what comes through to the reader. The character, as I envision her, is on her guard all the time. She never lets her mind get away from her.
This presents a storytelling problem for me, the author. If Megan is so guarded, even in her thoughts, I’ve given up one of my chief means of sharing information with my readers.
To further complicate my writing process, I am nothing like this protagonist. I pretty much spill everything about myself within a half-hour of meeting someone. So it requires a lot of careful calculation to figure out how such a close-to-the-vest person would say in any given circumstance.
Any thoughts, suggestions or great examples of books with similar characters anyone can share would be much appreciated!