Friday, March 27, 2009
Are you crazy or what?
Hi. I’m Leann Harris and I write suspense. Sometimes when I hear a news story about a missing person or about a murder, I ask myself, “What if…”
That’s what writer’s do. Give me a scene and I want to know what happened to these characters to get them to this point in their lives. I usually try to make it as miserable as possible and as hopeless as I can, then they can work themselves out of the hole they dug themselves into. Someone asked if my characters talk to me. Nah, I’m not that crazy, but I will confess that in one book I wanted the hero to leave the heroine at a critical junction. Well, he flat out refused. No matter what I tried to do that man would not do what I wanted. But as I thought about it, what I wanted him to do was completely out of character for him. He was the reluctant hero, but he was the hero, and what I asked him to do went against the grain. I was wrong. When I knew he wouldn’t leave the heroine, the book started flowing again and he acted.
What can I say? I’m crazy. I’m a writer.