Hi Wickeds. Tell me, what is your main series characters’ most fervent wish throughout the series? She’s searching for murderers, but what else is she searching for? If you have two main characters, either dual protagonists in one series or two series, feel free to tell us about both.
Edith/Maddie: That’s a deep question, Barb! I’d say Quaker midwife Rose Carroll is on a true quest for justice. Robbie Jordan wants her country store to succeed, which includes keeping her staff, her loved ones, and the community safe. I’m still figuring out Mac Almeida’s fervent wish, but I know it involves family.
Jessie: Barb, I love your questions this month! In my Beryl and Edwina series, Edwina most wants to be valued for more than doing her duty as defined by others. To that end she has started a private enquiry agency with Beryl and has also started writing a novel. Beryl has been surprised to realise that the thing she wants most is to belong somewhere and to have a feeling of connection with others that lasts longer than the length of a daring adventure.
Liz: For Violet, my Full Moon Mysteries protagonist, her biggest wish is to feel like she belongs somewhere. In my Cat Cafe series, Maddie’s wish is to be successful but also feel fulfilled. It’s something she’s struggled with before returning to the island–always looking for the next thing that will make her feel successful, but it’s always just out of reach.
Sherry: I pondered this question for a long time. I think Sarah and Chloe have a lot in common even though Chloe is ten years younger than Sarah. Both want to be strong, independent women but for very different reasons. Getting divorced after marrying at eighteen shattered Sarah’s world and sense of self. Chloe on the other hand had a successful career as a children’s librarian until her life was upended by a friends last request and she finds herself working in a bar. And both wouldn’t mind a second chance at love.
Barb: Like Cate’s Violet, in the Maine Clambake Mysteries, Julia Snowden’s greatest wish is to belong. She has always felt like an outsider–as a kid because her parents’ marriage–a summer person and a local–left her feeling like she belonged to neither group. At prep school, she was the weird kid who lived on an island. A lot of this is internal to Julia, as her sister, Livvie, who had the same parents and never felt that way, points out. Julia’s insides and her outsides have to find a place where she belongs. For Jane Darrowfield, her greatest wish is for reconciliation, or even contact, with her estranged son. She’s self-aware enough to know that she runs around fixing everyone else’s problems in part because she can’t put this one thing in her life right.
Julie: As I’m working on book #5, this is an interesting question that may seep into the book. Lilly Jayne, at the beginning of the series, wished order to be restored. Now, I think that Lilly wishes to fall back in love with life. She lost her mother and husband in short order, and her world was roiled. While she’s coming back to life–gardening and sleuthing–she’s beginning to miss the spark she felt for enjoying and exploring new experiences. Especially now, she’s wrestling with how to move forward while honoring those no longer with her.
Readers: Tell us about your hopes and dreams for one of the characters above. What do you want for her? One randomly chosen commenter will receive one copy of Eggnog Murder, Yule Log Murder, and Haunted House Murder.