I'm reading Nosy in Nebraska, a collection of three Maxie the Mouse Mysteries by Mary Connealy.
The first in the series, Of Mice and Murder, has a heroine who is out of her mind scared of mice. So of course, she must live in a rodent-infested mansion.
And the hero just happens to be a guy who can catch a mouse when he has to.
Which got me to thinking about phobias in characters. I mean, we all have at least one phobia. What are you afraid of? Public speaking? Heights? Spiders? Going bald?
What phobias do your characters have? How can you use a fear to deepen your character and how can you use that phobia to show strength of purpose to overcome it? How can you force your character to deal with the fear?
In The Marriage Masquerade, (coming in January 10) my hero, Noah, wants to flee the guilt he feels because he captained a ship that wrecked and killed several seamen. So of course, I put him in a position where he has to choose to captain a ship or allow another man to die. His phobia about being responsible for seamen aboard a ship haunts him until he must act on it.
Anyone have any examples, either from literature or from you own WIPs?