Yes, I am scared to kill off my second favourite character. It seems that in the course of the story, it is what must happen. I keep looking for alternate scenarios but they all end up with her dead.

Some advice I read, and there is no shortage of advice online or otherwise, say to kill off the beloved character. Others say don’t listen to rules, do what you want.

It is a real conundrum for me. The hero must have something at stake. Yet, it breaks my heart to take away his great love. Oh, what to do.

I am close to finishing my first draft. I should be done by the end of this month. I will be linking this blog to a writer site, if I can figure out how. So, some of my book may slip through.

What are your thoughts on killing off a major character? Does everyone go through this agony?

I have gotten away from genealogy and ancestral memories for a bit. I will get back eventually. My next book may actually deal with that in a fictionalised sort of way.

Thank you for following and reading. It means a lot.

Hello. I am the author of the Historical Fiction novel called Mamie Garrison. It is a tale of slavery, abolition, romance and history, set in the years just prior to the Civil War. It is available on Kindle for .99 and also in paperback. Mamie Garrison has a dual storyline. The present day story involves Bella and Andrew finding Mamie's journals. Their story includes romance and paranormal aspects. Mamie's story follows her adventures as an abolitionist through her journals. There are some mysteries as well as an unusual background in Mamie's life. I have completed book two in my series. Colin Garrison, Book 2 of The Garrisons is available at Please see my Colin Garrison page under the menu option for a small sample of this new book. The third and final book in the series, Emily Garrison is now available. Please see above for link. I am 62 with one adult child and one grandchild. I have always enjoyed the written word and have been a voracious reader from my early youth. I am inspired by many authors in the historical fiction genre. I am also a lover of Russian literature, particularly Tolstoy and Dostoevsky. I find great inspiration for creating characters by looking at the ones these two authors have created. There is such a depth to them. I have written for most of my life in one form or another. I have dabbled in poetry and songwriting, and have more started novels than finished ones. In my free time, I like reading, history and travel. I am interested in genealogy and working on my family tree. I live in St Louis.

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