I didn't want to ask for help, but it's been forever now, and I still haven't gotten chapter 10 done on Genesis. I have NO idea how to deal with Tara. She wasn't originally intended to even be a major character, but she managed to bull her way in. I keep trying to write her persona, but she never comes out sounding believable.
I need to find a way to convey the contrast of a bright, and often fairly logical young woman with someone who is mentally unbalanced due to deep and recent trauma. She's on the road to recovery, but there are some major bumps along the way, and with her Gift, those bumps can be dangerous.
I've enrolled in a class on writing fiction which I hope will allow me to draw out Tara's character in a believable manner, but anyone with ideas, please, feel free to email me.