Why Sarah Armstrong Hates Me

December 10, 2010

Tags: Kathryn Casey, Crime Writer, Crime Fiction, Sarah Armstrong Series, True Crime Author, True Crime, Mysteries, Mystery books

Okay, writing fiction isnít a popularity contest. Thatís true. So this shouldnít matter, right? Especially since, itís not really possible for a character in a novel to hate anyone, including the author, right? Still, Iím beginning to wonder.

You see, Sarahís my heroine. Iíve written three books featuring this Texas Ranger/profiler, a woman I invented sitting at my computer one afternoon after deciding against a host of other protagonists, including a crocheting grandmother and a junior league hostess. Iíd been thinking about Sarah for a long time, whittling away at the block of marble trying to uncover the statue inside. Maybe, since my books are set in Texas, instead of a Michelangelo analogy, I should have said, taking a chain saw to the trunk of a fallen live oak to reveal the roughly hewn armadillo? No, thatís all just bad. Letís just move on.

Anyway, to her delight or dismay, Lieutenant Sarah Armstrong has become my heroine, the center of my fictional world, and since 2007, Iíve literally tormented this poor womanís life. But then sheís not alive. I know that. But to write about her, she has to be real to me and, to some extent (Iím sincerely not delusional), she is. The result is that I drive through Tomball, Texas, where Iíve planted the Rocking Horse, the ranch Sarah lives on with her mother and daughter, and I sometimes surprise myself by looking (more…)