Note: Carolyn Haines will be one of the presenters at the Love is Murder Conference, Feb. 4-6 in Chicago.
By Joanna Campbell Slan
Sarah Booth and Jitty came to me in tandem, arguing just as they do in the books. When such fully developed characters visit a writer, it’s truly a gift.
JCS: Talk about hearing fully developed characters, please. Why and how do you think this happens? Can an author improve the chances of such visitations? Should an author ever ignore those voices and replace them? What if the fully realized characters don’t work with plot.
CH: Last question first. Most good plots come from character, so if you’ve got a mismatch, the book isn’t going to work. I do think most writers hit streaks when the characters are fully alive and in the moment with them. When I write, I almost have to get to that place
Enjoyed the interview. Read both of your series. Will you both be at Love is Murder next year? Looking forward to your 2011 books.
Joanna Campbell Slan says
Margaret, thanks so much!Book #4–Make, Take, Murder–will be published May 1, 2011.
I'm not sure about my 2011 appearance schedule yet. Stay tuned!