When a Character Takes Over...

How a character takes over your keyboard and thus, your story. Most authors plot out their books before they sit down to write. I respect that. I really do. But what I have learned is it’s often a waste of time. Because ultimately, the characters will take over your story. It’s not necessarily a coup, it’s more they just step onto the stage and stay there. And you realize you want them to. In Murder at Barclay Meadow, the first in the Rosalie Hart mystery series, I had a few minor characters I added with the purpose of contributing to the local color, maybe give the story some atmosphere and authenticity to the setting. The series begins when Rosalie, who has just learned of her husband’s af

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