The Psychology of Character Development

Thursday, September 15, 2016
7:00 – 9:00

This presentation will focus on a fundamental topic, the human mind: How to understand it and how to write about it. Whether we are writing science fiction, thrillers or romance stories, writers are always trying to figure out why we do what we do. We are fundamentally fascinated by our minds, motives, needs and aspirations. In all we do, we seek to discuss, describe, justify and understand human behavior.

We will explore and address our commonalities, depictions of aberrant behavior, and discover how a psychological perspective can enrich our characters and enhance our creativity.


About the Speaker

Nancy Alexander (2)Nancy Alexander devoted her professional life to helping those in need; she has worked with poverty, child abuse and domestic violence; chronically ill children and psychiatric inpatients. She presented her work at numerous conferences, developed mental health training programs and advocated socially constructive legislation.

For twenty years, she operated a private psychotherapy practice, providing intensive reconstructive services to adult survivors of childhood trauma. Since she retired, she has focused on her writing.

After publishing several short stories, her ‘Elisabeth Reinhardt’ series launched Relentless, which concretized her love of psycho-thrillers and interest in trauma recovery. With Seeing Double, she addressed conflicts swirling through the Middle East, its complex history and enduring multi-cultural dilemmas. Her ‘Olive Branch’ series mirrors the global political struggles of our time.

Nancy’s writing seamlessly integrates her in-depth knowledge of the human mind and her keen sensitivity to interpersonal and moral dilemmas.

Nancy lives in Columbia, MD; she has two children, four grandchildren, a Golden Retriever, a Himalayan mix and a bearded dragon.

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HoCo continues to collect new or gently-used books for HopeWorks. (The Howard County Domestic Violence Center.) All genres and age groups are needed, but due to the nature of their services, they request that the books contain no mention of violence against women or children.