It was just after sunrise and still raining when Lily found her husband’s body. He was lying face-up on the asphalt apron in front of the greenhouse, eyes and mouth open, collecting rainwater.
Even dead, he looked quite handsome in this position, gravity pulling back the loose, wrinkled skin of his face, smoothing away eighty-four years of pain and smiles and worries…
Together, P.J. and Traci Lambrecht are author P.J. Tracy, crafting unique mystery-suspense novels and rising to the top of best-seller lists worldwide. Though they have an almost eerily functional working relationship, they certainly know how to dish out conflict in their stories! If you missed part one of our interview, click HERE, then come on back for part two, where you’ll learn the unconventional way this mother-daughter team handles difficult characters – and more. Enjoy!
Part 2: Interview with P.J. Tracy
Q: You have a real knack for planting red herrings and establishing intriguing character questions, like why did Monkeewrench member Annie stab someone in her past? Is your intention to answer these kinds of questions in future books or are they in place to create a necessary diversion?
PJ: We plant those things with the intention of using them in the future, because it’s our feeling that if you know everything about a character up front, they become boring. Our approach is to write characters as if you’re getting to know them as real people. Nobody reveals everything about themselves right away. I’m sure we all have friends who’ve stunned us with a confession about some secret in their past years after the friendship began. And chances are, they’re still holding secrets. And that’s pretty juicy stuff!
Q: A lot of times a writer will feel the pull of a story from within the story, a character who demands their own tale receive more attention. Did you have this experience with Monkeewrench? Which characters gave you the most trouble? [Read more…]