Friday, 20 March 2015 18:46

Every writer who creates a series character fortunate enough to survive eight books...

Every writer who creates a series character fortunate enough to survive eight books (thank you loyal readers! xo xo) runs into the problem. How do you age your character? Should you bother? I’ve decided “yes” because only the boring stays the same. When I wrote my first Tamara Hayle Mystery, my girl Tam was in her thirties, reasonably close to my own age. Now? Forget about it! I’ve aged and so has she but much, much, much slower; she's closer to my daughters’ age than mine. I absolutely love working on this yet-to-be-named mystery, but I’ve had to come to terms with the six years that have passed since Of Blood and Sorrow—the one with the strange umbrella on the cover…

For one thing, I need to reintroduce all the characters for readers new to the series. I also need to reacquaint folks who may have forgotten stuff—like me. (So what the heck did I name Jake’s crazy wife?) A number of years ago, a generous friend made a “bible” with all the pertinent information I needed. I continue to search for it, not having the nerve to tell him I misplaced it.

Yet there’s fun in bringing the new from the old. My visual artist friends will paint over a canvas or cut it up and rework it into a collage—literally reinventing their work. That sense of limitless creation and possibility is one of the things I l admire about them. They can see within their art a new direction that will go to a different place. I guess that’s what I’m trying to do, too. The truth is, the older I get the more I know about life, love and how to know when somebody is lying. Insight, often called wisdom, does come to some folks with age—hopefully, to me and my girl!

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