Today's usual blogger, Dana Fresti, is under the weather, so I'm posting today in her stead. Her illness made me wonder. How often do authors let their characters be sick?
I'm trying to think if I've been so unkind to my characters. In Two Wrongs, as well as many mysteries, lots of characters are killed off, but that's not being ill. Then again, in Two Wrongs, the two major characters are consumed with a desire for revenge. One overcomes it, the other doesn't. That could qualify as being sick mentally.
In Deadly Dreams, a mystery for which I'm seeking publication, two of the characters deal with sickness and injury, one with hypoglycemia, another with repercussions from an automobile accident. There I've allowed illness to creep in.
In Girl of My Dreams, my romantic comedy with a slice of suspense, I don't recall my main character being sick a day in the story, although the antagonist is definitely mentally ill.
What about you? Do you make your characters sick? Or, do you recall any authors who do? Please share.
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