Let’s talk about passion, and how your characters show it. It’s a given that they have a passion for justice, otherwise they wouldn’t be sleuths. But how does their passion manifest itself? Do they jump in, or are they more contemplative? Do you have an example in your upcoming book or series?
Edith/Maddie: What a great question! In Murder at the Taffy Shop (releasing March 31), one of Mac Almeida’s best friends finds the body and soon enough becomes a suspect herself. Mac quickly gets passionate about clearing Gin’s name. Mac thinks of herself as a person who keeps her life orderly. She’s starting to discover that murder is never orderly.
Jessie: A passion for order seems like a good motivator, Edith! Passion plays out differently for my sleuths, Beryl and Edwina. Beryl is a bold and daring sort of person who throws herself headlong into new adventures all the time. For her, feeling passion is a bit like breathing. It is simply something that one does. She does get easily distracted by the next new passion, however! Edwina, on the other hand, is more inclined to make a more careful evaluation before giving her energy to something. But once she does, she is in it for the long haul.
Sherry: Jessie, I love your descriptions of Beryl and Edwina — the way they contrast and compliment each other is one of the things that makes the series so great. Chloe in my new series lives by words her father said to her: A promise made is a promise kept. So when Chloe makes it promise she passionately follows that promise until it’s fulfilled. Sometimes to her detriment.
Barb: What a great question. I think above all else Julia Snowden of the Maine Clambake Mysteries is loyal. She’s loyal to her family (even her pain in the neck brother-in-law), her friends, her business, and her town. So when something threatens one of them she jumps into the action hoping to be part of the solution.
Julie: Lilly is a slow boil. She doesn’t show her emotions outwardly, but she’ll always remember what got her started.
Readers: What are you passionate about?