There’s a New Character in Town

I’m late in posting this week due to other commitments. I’m a member of a local Sisters in Crime Chapter and we had our monthly meeting today. Ruth Owen, an award winning romance author, was the guest speaker. She did a wonderful job of explaining what to do when developing characters. She also provided a wealth of resource books to look into regarding plot versus character.

Speaking of which…I write mysteries that I plot out before I begin writing. There’s a notebook for each of my stories. There are character descriptions, motivations, and hidden agendas. I call it my Star O’Brien Bible. Sometimes I write just one or two paragraphs that describe the scene which becomes a chapter. Other times, I’ve used mind mapping and diagrams with circles and arrows to plot out relationships between characters, their emotions, and motivations.

This week when I was editing the draft of the second book in the Star O’Brien mystery series, something happened that hadn’t been mind-mapped or decided upon ahead of writing: a new character showed up. Her name is Maeve Baldwin. She’s an older woman. She wears pearls. I like her. She has a minor appearance in this book but I suspect she’ll show up in one of the next books in the series.

In other exciting news, the book cover design phase for this second book kicks off tomorrow. I’ll be sharing updates in the next few weeks.

In the meanwhile, keep the love going,


2 thoughts on “There’s a New Character in Town

  1. Very exciting update Martha. It is interesting to me how a novel comes to be. Thanks for sharing and I look forward to Stars’ next appearance and the new character Maeve.

    1. Hi Dottie,

      It’s exciting for me as well. I don’t know where Maeve came from….I just knew I needed a character in a particular scene and there she was. And I liked her. Later when I googled her name. I wanted to make sure Maeve was an Irish name, I discovered that the Gaelic version of Maeve is “Medb” meaning “intoxicating”. In Irish mythology Medb was a warrior queen of Connacht. All so fitting for where my books are set. And, for the role that Maeve will play in upcoming books and Star’s search for her mother.

      Thanks for your comment! Martha

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