One of the ways an author keeps things consistent is through some form of a style sheet. In it are brief descriptions of each character, background notes, and anything else that the writer might need to keep things consistent throughout the book. For instance, here's a character description from my next book, Stress Test:
SANDRA MURRAY—diminutive, aggressive red-headed lawyer in solo practice. (Left large firm because they objected to her Christian principles). Specialist in criminal defense. Single (once “almost” engaged—to Matt’s neurosurgeon—they called it off). 5’4”, petite. Red hair, moderate length. Green eyes.
Have you run into inconsistencies in books you were reading? Did it diminish your enjoyment? Let me know.
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