Category Archives: Characters

What’s in a Name? On Naming Characters

Naming a character, especially the main character of a story, is one of the hardest things a writer does. Oh, sometimes a name pops into your head and you build a story around it. Usually, the story and a character … Continue reading

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Character Profile for Hannah Yoder

If you’ve been following The Morelville Mysteries series since it started, you’re probably a little familiar with Hannah Yoder, the former Amish young woman who becomes friends with Dana and, through her, with Mel. She first appears in Book 3, … Continue reading

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Character Profile – Detective Janet Mason

Readers of the entire Morelville Mysteries series are aware that, since the end of Book 3, Dana’s Dilemma, Sheriff Mel Crane has been down to one detective in her department. The young go-getter Shane Harding has been a good sport … Continue reading

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Why Dana Got a Boston Terrier

Happy Friday the 13th! It’s the 3rd and final one for this year and, it almost goes without saying, a day us haunted house entrepreneurs love…too bad one of the three didn’t fall on a Friday when our haunt was … Continue reading

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Character Profile – Chloe ‘Mama’ Rossi

In Book 4 of the Morelville Mysteries series, Hitched and Tied, I fully introduced Dana’s family to Mel and to the series. They’d only been briefly mentioned before other than Dana’s ex-husband Nate (Books 1 and 3) and Nate’s family … Continue reading

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The Morelville Mysteries Quick Guide

The Morelville Mysteries are a series of three – soon to be four – books about the fictional cases of county Sheriff Melissa ‘Mel’ Crane and, to a slightly lesser extent in the first few books, her romantic love interest … Continue reading

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The Places Characters Take You – Hitched and Tied

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 … Continue reading

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Countering “Hey, I don’t like what you wrote about me!”

Okay, I admit it, I use real people as the models for some of the people in my stories. My two leading ladies in my Morelville Mysteries series for example, are based on myself (very loosely) and on my spouse … Continue reading

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On Writing: Using the Amish in a Story

There are pockets of Amish people all over the southern half of Ohio. In the southeastern quadrant of the state and to the east as far north as Canton, you can find them wherever you can find tillable¬†countryside. They are … Continue reading

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Character Profile – Sheriff Melissa ‘Mel’ Crane

Melissa Raye Crane is the imaginary county Sheriff of the very real Muskingum County, Ohio. She bears no resemblance whatsoever to the current Sheriff of the county or to any of the Sheriffs that preceded him. Melissa prefers to be … Continue reading

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