A new character has popped herself into my second book. Her name is Verna Adams, and I intended her play a very minor role. She was to find the victim, and that's all.
Well, that was not what Verna wanted. Unlike Summit in An Unexpected Death, Verna is not fashioned after a real person. She was just "there," and with a strong personality I couldn't control.
developed that first chapter, I also developed Verna. During the process
she became quite an interesting individual. A retired school marm of a
certain age, she is feisty, and unbeknownst to me, has a mystery of her
own to solve.
original plan was for a new deputy to appear and cause trouble in the
sheriff's office. I developed his role a bit, but now I find Verna is
the stronger personality and I am going to have to let James go. With
Verna's appearance I have more than enough characters to follow.
learned that when characters take over, let them. They know better than
the writer where they want to go with the story. Enjoy the ride.