For me, and I’m sure most authors, there’s always details about your characters that don’t wind up on the page. Things that help you build their personalities or their worlds, yet readers might not see them. I thought it would be fun to share a few of those.
First, the biggest thing that happens off screen in Cosplay Killer actually occurs a year or so before the story even starts. Osian experiences the worst fear, I imagine, for any paramedic. It greatly affects both him, Dannel, and the story itself.
I wanted to start a year on because to me it was interesting to delve into the process of recovering from that.
Second, Dannel’s family history. It’s a tricky one because we see what happened from Dannel’s perspective and when you’re a kid, you see things different. I’m going to enjoy exploring that even more as the series progresses.
Third, theatre kids. This one is kind of on the page because we see a lot about musicals and plays. But both Dannel and Osian were massively into theatre throughout their childhood. I don’t really explore that much.
One of my hobbies/interests is planning. I’ve collected a lovely selection of stickers. I thought I’d share some of my favourite indie sticker shops. There’s loads more but these are ones I return to most often.
I find decorating a planner to be quite relaxing. I usually have a day each month where I spend several hours preparing the following months pages.
Sweet Kawaii Design
The Coffee Monsterz Co
The Planner World
Every Minute A Story
Quite a few of these were very….2020 themed as you can tell.
The beginnings of the idea of Cosplay Killer started in the back of my brain ever since I wrote The Grasmere trilogy. I knew I wanted to write a full M/M cosy mystery series with an established couple. There were just other stories to write first, so I let this one percolate for a while.
Inspiration came from a number of places, and I thought it would be fun to share some of them for you.
– Hamilton and Six: The Musical.
I’m not sure which came first–Cosplay Killer or my new obsession with Hamilton and Six: The Musical. But they’re definitely intertwined.
My vision for Dannel and Osian was of two men passionate about video games, the theatre, movies, and cosplaying their favourite characters. It’s something I hope to explore further as the series grows.
– Video Games
– Air Ambulance/Ambulance shows
There are a number of the shows out of the UK. My hubby and I watch them religiously. I’ve had friends who are paramedics who talk about burn out. I knew I wanted one of the MCs in the series to explore that concept.
– Covent Gardens
The image above is one I found while looking for something else. And it sparked something in me about where they lived.
If you’re an author, where do you find inspiration for your books?