Friday, January 7, 2022

Friday Joan Havelange is visiting and talking about Characters #BWLAuthor #MFRWAuthor #Characters #Heroines #Heroes #Villains


Heroes, Heroines, Villains. Which are your favorite to write?


I enjoy writing heroines who have to overcome roadblocks; and who are not always perfect in their quest for answers. I also like writing villains; they must have a reason, at least in their mind, to commit the crimes they do.


Heroines. How do you find them? Do pictures, real life or imagination create the woman you want the reader to root for? Do they appear before the plot or after you have the idea for the story?


I create a plot and weave the story around my heroines. I have an outline, what will happen, when and where. But I must confess, my carefully laid out plot can change when a character, good or bad, becomes fun to write.


Villains or villainesses or an antagonist, since they don’t always have to be the bad guy or girl. They can be a person opposed to the hero’s or heroine’s obtaining their goal. How do you choose one? How do you make them human?


I have a bible for my cast of characters; their backgrounds, what they look like, where they live. And their quirks, prejudices and jealousies. Confrontation is interesting, but to round my stories out. I do have characters who are kind and generous.


6. What is your latest release? Who is the hero, heroine and or the villain?


My new release is “The Suspects.”

It is the adventures of Mable and Violet. It is the latest in my series “The Excellent Adventures of Mabel and Violet”. Book #4 continues the hilarity of my intrepid amateur sleuths as they make their way through the European capitals to end up smack in the middle of a murder in Moscow.


7. What are you working on now?


“Murder Exit Stage Right” I directed little theatre for a great many years, so I have a lot of ammunition.


8. How can people find you?


9. Who are your favourite authors?


I like Linwood Barclay, a great Canadian storyteller. Rhys Bowen is also a favourite of mine.


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