When writing your novel, do you know how it’s going to end before you write, or do you write from start to finish?
I typically outline before I start writing, so I have a sense of where things are supposed to go. More often than not, the story deviates widely from the path once I start writing it. Even so, I do my best to rein it back to the ending I envisioned. If it veers off in a direction I deem better than the original, I'll follow along and re-plot as I go. In romances, there has to be a happy ending for the couple in the story, so it's really a question of the degree of resolution and how they get there.
How do the people you know impact your writing? Are you influenced by friends and family for your characters?
Friends and family, no. Bullies and bad actors I've encountered in real life and on social media sites, maybe. Mostly, however, my characters are drawn from research, the needs of the story, and facets of myself. One of the villains in my forthcoming political thriller is based on Rupert Murdoch. The other was drawn from research into sociopaths and serial killers. Who needs to invent monsters when their are so many real-life examples to draw from?
Describe the hero in your current WIP in three words.
Haunted, passionate, resourceful.
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