Edith here, exulting in spring flowers.
Wickeds, we’re continuing the theme of success. But we – and our characters – don’t always succeed. Let’s look at the flip side of the question from two weeks ago. Pick one protagonist in one book. Share something she tried to do but failed at, and how she dealt with the failure. Go!
Julie: Failure is part of the game for our characters, don’t you think? If they did everything perfectly our books would be boring. Biggest failure, without giving away a plot point? In With A Kiss I Die, Sully makes several assumptions that bring her down the wrong path. The assumptions are a failure of imagination.
Barb: Jane Darrowfield from Jane Darrowfield, Professional Busybody, has great and good friends and a successful career behind her. But she is estranged from her son, and this enormous failure at the one thing she cared most about succeeding at, represents a huge, permanent wound to her soul.
Edith: In Charity’s Burden, Rose Carroll fails to figure out the killer before a second victim is murdered. The police failed, too, of course. The fact that she successfully apprehends the villain ameliorates her sorrow about the second death a bit.
Jessie: In my Beryl and Edwina series Beryl has led a life of adventure but has failed to find that one thing that holds her interest for long. She is well known but almost no one knows her well. By admitting to herself that she needs to slow down the hectic pace of her life she finds just what she has always been looking for by helping to solve a mystery and by spending time with Edwina.
Sherry: I’m really excited about Let’s Fake a Deal which comes out on July 30, 2019. Like Julie, I don’t want to give away any plot points, but Sarah has something to contend with that she hasn’t had to in the past. It has her doing a lot of thinking.
Readers: How do you deal failure, small or large?