The Places Characters Take You – Hitched and Tied

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The best made outline for a novel – or, in my case, the  best made template for one – sometimes  gets sidetracked by where the characters take the author. For example, when I first contemplated the story line for Book 2 in the Morelville Mysteries series, Busy Bees, one of the detectives with the Sheriff’s Department only had a minor role. As the story evolved, the role became much more pronounced and it became a thread left hanging at the end that carried over into Book 3.

Now, well into Book 4, Hitched and Tied, following the template I created, a minor character with a bit part became far more important to the story. While writing the single scene featuring Barb Wysocki, bar owner and former love interest of Sheriff Mel Crane, the dialog  just flew and before I knew it I had a full chapter and a new plan going forward.

Sometimes characters take you places that you never expected to go. Sometimes they even take you places that completely change the story and for the better. I’m excited to see who else steps up in Hitched and Tied and  takes off with the story.


About Anne Hagan

I'm an East Central Ohio based government employee by day and a fiction author by night. I specialize in mystery fiction featuring lesbian sleuths and cozy fiction featuring women sleuths. I also dabble in romance especially romantic lesfic. I live with my wife and our dogs in a tiny town that’s even smaller than the Morelville of my first fiction series and we wouldn't have it any other way. My wife grew up here and she has always called this little village home. Though it’s an ultra-conservative rural community, we're surrounded here by family, longtime friends and many other wonderful people with open hearts and minds. My wife and I are the co-owners of a commercial haunted house: Hagan's House of Horrors. Much as my dream has always been to write fiction, hers has been to create it through the medium of horror. We went full commercial in 2015. Watch us as we grow!
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