From Woman Writers, Women’s Books
Why is it that some characters just don’t disappear? The book is finished, the edits have been completed, the next work is in progress and yet… a particular character is still refusing to rest or retire or whatever it is that characters do when the writer has finished the book.
I’ve been reflecting on this, because there is still a character that is very much with me – one that just simply refuses to let me go. To Keep You Safe was e-published in October last year and the print copy is out in March 2020. The premise is: how far would you go to keep a child that wasn’t yours safe?
The story is of teacher Jenni, who becomes concerned that her vulnerable pupil, Destiny, is at risk of being snatched by a gang: unless she acts immediately Destiny will be lost forever.
I won’t say if it’s Jenni or Destiny (answers on a postcard please), that still stalks me silently, side-stepping me in my shadow, so that she is always, still, well, just here. But it has left me thinking why. Why is she still here with me when the other characters, are well, for want of a better word, simply asleep?
I know I’m not alone with characters that live on beyond the book.
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