Characters: Patience D. Smith

His Robot GirlfriendOf all my characters, none has gone through as much of a change between first draft and published work as has Patience Smith from His Robot Girlfriend. Originally she was a rather Amazonian figure, physically very imposing, but much more submissive. Some might argue that Patience is still submissive, but I think she’s not so much. When I rewrote the short pieces into a long story, she needed to have much more force of personality so that she could advance the storyline of forcing Mike to change. A college professor once told me the main character is the one in the story who changes the most– and that would be Mike.

When I started rewriting, I just wasn’t happy with her physical description, so I started completely from scratch, using a young woman I knew as a model– so yes, there really is a Patience out there. I observed her as carefully as possible (without seeming too creepy) so that I could describe her movements and gestures– like when Patience bounces on her tip-toes or incorporates dance moves into everyday movement. Since then, I’ve tried to find a human being to at least think about when I write my characters. Yes, I still know the young woman I patterned Patience after, and no, I never told her she was an inspiration.

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2 thoughts on “Characters: Patience D. Smith

  1. Hi Wesley – great job on the robot series of books, I thoroughly enjoyed them. The last one I am aware of is the Charity novel. Did I miss any more? You had hinted in your post that you had another finished that could take place in the same robot universe – is it published yet? If not, when would you expect some more from Patience? Judging by the downloads, they appear very popular books. Count me as a huge fan as well. Best wishes and hope to see more of these books in the near future.

    • Hi Scott,
      Thanks for your support and comments. There is another Patience book coming. I don’t know how soon though. Right now, I have a number of books ALMOST finished. I just can’t seem to pull the trigger, as it were. But it will get done.

      Wes.

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