Looking back over my favorite books, movies, and television shows, it’s a pattern that becomes pretty obvious: The Stand, A Song of Ice and Fire, Firefly, Leverage, Criminal Minds. Hell, even the Baby-Sitters Club books featured a different member of the club with every book. I love all the different voices, getting inside the heads of all the characters, delving into their backstories. So many people to root for. So many people capable of making me laugh or breaking my heart.
I’m also an avid role-player. I like GMing games. I like playing in them and saving the world with four or five other companions. Everyone has their own goals and complications, and it makes for a much richer tale.
So it’s no wonder I went with an ensemble cast for the Night Owls books. Grave Matters adds one more voice to the mix, that of Elly’s brother Cavale. He wasn’t originally going to be a POV character, but when I tried writing a scene from his perspective to work my way around a plot problem, it turned out I really liked hearing his side of the story. So! One more smartass gets a say. It’s been a lot of fun to write, and I’m excited for readers to reunite with the old crew and get to know Cavale a little better.
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Lauren M. Roy started out as an independent bookseller, moved on to Hachette Book Group (where she has been a telephone sales representative for ten years), and is now completing her bookselling hat trick as an author.
She has done some freelance writing for tabletop role-playing games, including Dragon Age, Trail of Cthulhu, and A Song of Ice and Fire Roleplaying.
Lauren lives in southeastern Massachusetts with her husband, their cats, and the ghosts of houseplants she forgets to water. She is a graduate of Viable Paradise, the science fiction and fantasy writers’ workshop. Night Owls is her first novel.
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