writing meme: days 24, 25, &26

24. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What’s the most interesting way you’ve killed someone?

I kill characters when it’s necessary to the plot. Death is as necessary and natural a part of life as is breathing.

When I first realized that my precious Michael had to die in Midnight’s Heir in order to forward the plot, in order for Sami to do and learn what she had to, my heart broke into a thousand pieces. I cried for several days whenever I thought about it. Bitter tears. I fought the notion, but there was no way around it. I sat down to write the crucial scenes, and I had a hard time even holding my pen I was crying so hard. I cried all over again when I typed the scenes up and set them aside.

To be perfectly honest, I get teary-eyed whenever I think about it. Michael’s dead? Kill me!!

25. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.

Sami had a cat when she first moved in with Steve. The cat died of old age some time after she moved in with Michael – somewhere in the following two years. The cat’s name was Sugar.

Sugar was a real cat. My in laws adopted her in February 1996 after their dog of fourteen years passed away. Sugar, like all cats, was a very special girl.

26. Let’s talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favorite picture of him!

Anybody know what an OC is?

I have very firm ideas in my head of what my characters are supposed to look like. I’ve found some photographs online of various folks who come close but aren’t exactly quite right and never will be.