Monday, November 28, 2011
Building a Mystery Part 1 - Character and the Cozy
Think of a protagonist who stumbled into private investigation when her lone wolf nature got her evicted from the police force of a small California town. As books in the series were published, we learned that she became the way she is because of her background, raised by an aunt who was not a nurterer. Sue Grafton's Kinsey Millhone is one of the iconic characters in mystery fiction, with every book giving us a little more depth, a little more insight into the quirky character.
But as a writer, how do you do that? How do you create a character that folks will not only like, but remember?
I must admit, I've thought about this a lot over the years, and if you're interested, I'll share, starting with...