Creating a character’s personality takes getting to know them very intimately. I have to dig deep within them and know them as well as I know myself. To do this I think beyond what is happening during their story. I go back to what shaped them and made them who they are. I create many parts of their personality and bring it to the page. Each character I create stays with me. Each of the characters have aspects of my own personality.
Why did you choose to set the Impressions series in the fictional town of Hollisville?
I just knew when I was writing the book I wanted to create a place I could build myself. So I decided to do just that. Most of my series I write are in towns I created. I love building communities and layers of a world that becomes part of the story.
• J.D. Robb series (all of the books). This is one of my go-to series. All the books, no matter how many times I read them, capture me from the first page to the last. The world that's built for the series is vivid and adds to the story. The cast of characters adds dimensions to the story. The main characters Eve andRoarke keep getting better and better with each book.
When I write I need to get into the mind of my characters and because of this I get to be any profession I want. I wear what I like to call my Versatile Profession hat. This lets me be anything from a banker, lawyer, professor, cop, student, bike designer, physicist, chef, horse breeder, a cowboy, computer geek and anything you can think of. I love being a writer. I get to explore such interesting things.
I’ve been a banker, lawyer, professor, cop, student, bike designer, physicist, chef, horse breeder, a cowboy, computer geek and anything you can think of. It’s not that I can’t decide what I want to be. All these jobs are due to my one true love and profession.
The series came from something I experienced (as usual). I have family and friends who work in professions where they protect others. When I was visiting one of my family at their job one day, we were heading out to lunch when they got a call. I only heard their side of things so I don't know all the details of what happened and it was also sensitive so they couldn't share. But I saw that it affected them deeply. We went to lunch and I got curious about how you separate personal and professional feelings. I asked and this led to a discussion that got me even more curious—is that how all those I know feel?