Wednesday, May 5, 2010


Ellen Hart writes:

When I started writing the Jane Lawless novels, Jane was 37 and I was almost forty. Twenty years later, Jane is just about to turn 45 and I’ve just turned sixty. Clearly, Jane has aged better than I have. Here’s today’s question:

How do you handle the passage of time in your mystery series? Is it realistic? Since most of us do a book a year, is the story always one year later? Does your protagonist age in real time?


Marcia Talley said...

I try to set my stories in real time, roughly a year passes with each book. I never thought I'd be writing ten books in a series, though, so I've started to fudge a bit on Hannah's age, and that of her father, too -- i.e. I simply don't mention it. Hannah became a grandmother way back in book two so I know I'm not fooling the observant reader. LOL. Her grandkids age naturally, though.

Sheila Connolly said...

It's a real problem when you have to incorporate a murder in your story. In the Orchard series I'm following the seasons, starting in winter. By the fourth book my heroine is harvesting apples in the fall--and solving her fourth murder in a year. She's her own crime wave. At this rate, if she survives twenty years, she will have reduced the population of the town by about ten percent.

I think Sue Grafton takes the cake, though. The books are still set in the 1980s, aren't they?

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