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June 18, 2013


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Pat morin

I think we all need to answer for our characters at some point. Being a short story writer, I know this well, as probably Michael does. I don't think it means Dani has less depth, or should be explained more, different parts of her personality were explored. Also, I think we just sometimes overlook some characteristics that OTHERS think are more important. If it touches us, we have another whole book to explore another aspect of backstory. Could be fun!

Susan Shea

Thanks, Pat. His challenge did give me some ideas for the next book and, you're right, it could be lots of fun.

Michael A. Black

Perhaps Dani knows that a woman is always at her most fascinating when she holds a bit of herself back. Nice Post.

Susan Shea

Hah! Thanks for that, Michael! The rick is not holding so much back that she's just a stranger and not intriguing.


One of the hardest parts of writing is that blending of character and action so that we feel like we're discovering things about a character through the choices she makes, the deeds she performs. I'm still trying to get it right :)

The fine art of arcs across books--I'm not sure it's possible to please all of the people all of the time...

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