Authors and Their Characters
An author has to know their character as well as they know themselves; their likes, dislikes; what they love; what they are afraid of; what their passions are, and what motivates them to do certain things and achieve certain accomplishments. A character, especially, if he/she appears in a series, has to grow and change and it’s the author’s job to make that happen in a realistic way.
When I write, I don’t develop my characters. They simply appear in my life and we get to know one another. It’s always a pleasant surprise when I realize the character has staying power. In my Sydney Lockhart books, Sydney’s cousin Ruth was to appear in a brief scene in the beginning of book one. She made a surprise appearance in chapter two and has evolved into a delightful sidekick that readers expect to see in every book. I couldn’t keep her out if I wanted to. I also planned for Detective Dixon to stay put in Hot Spring, Arkansas, but with book four having been recently released, he is now living and working in Austin, Sydney’s hometown.
There are many difficult aspects to writing fiction, fortunately for me, character development isn’t one of them.
Kathleen Kaska writes the Sydney Lockhart Mystery Series set in historic hotels in the 1950s. Her first mystery, Murder at the Arlington, won the 2008 Salvo Press Manuscript Contest. This book, along with her second mystery, Murder at the Luther, were selected as bonus-books for the Pulpwood Queens Book Group, the largest book group in the country. Book number four, Murder at the Driskill, is her latest Lockhart mystery.
The Author in all of us
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