A Guest Blog Post
A popular question at just about any author talk, is whether I have ever based a character on a real person. My answer never changes from book to book. Yes, there may be bits and pieces of real people in some of my characters, but the whole character is never based on a whole person.
Interestingly enough, when it came time to create one of the horses in my latest Amish Mystery, A CHURN FOR THE WORSE, I found myself going the same “bits and pieces” route I tend to take with my human characters.
Carrot Thief (in real life) is a light chestnut colored horse with a white blaze and inquisitive eyes. She likes to forage in her owner’s pockets for treats.
Carrot Thief (in A CHURN FOR THE WORSE) has a dark gray coat with a black mane and tail. In the center of her chest, she has a small white marking that looks like a paw print. She, too, has inquisitive eyes and a penchant for certain treats…
I made them different colors, and gave them different markings, but the way their eyes are almost a window to their soul is the same. And their love for their owner is the same.
I guess that’s why I grow so attached to my characters—humans and animals, alike. Because while they are largely fictional, there is always something about them that connects me to them the moment they first appear on the page.
With Carrot Thief, that something is most definitely her eyes…
Laura Bradford (aka Elizabeth Lynn Casey) is the author of several mystery series and a handful of romance novels. She is a former Agatha Award nominee and the recipient of an RT Reviewer’s Choice Award. In her free time, Laura enjoys making memories with her family, baking, playing games, and catching up with friends. In addition to the Amish Mysteries, Laura also writes the Jenkins & Burns mysteries, the Southern Sewing Circle Mysteries (as Elizabeth Lynn Casey), and the upcoming Emergency Dessert Squad Mysteries (Éclair and Present Danger, Book # 1, will debut in June).
The national bestselling author of Suspendered Sentence returns to Heavenly, Pennsylvania, where shop owner Claire Weatherly and Detective Jakob Fisher must put on their thinking kapps to solve a string of robberies and a murder in the Amish community…
When an Amish farmer is found dead in his barn, his family accepts his death as God’s will. But Detective Jakob Fisher knows the farmer didn’t hit himself in the head with the shovel lying beside his body. And when it comes to light that a stranger appeared at the farmer’s home and now money is missing from their milk can, Fisher suspects robbery as the motive—especially when another Amish family is victimized.
Getting to the truth proves difficult, however, since Fisher has two strikes against him in the eyes of the Amish—his chosen career, and the Amish roots he left behind. Desperate to stop a murderous thief, Fisher turns to Heavenly Treasures shop owner Claire Weatherly for help. The trust she’s earned from the Amish community enables her to go where the detective cannot—straight into the path of a killer…