Monday, April 20, 2009

Please Welcome My Guest, Mystery Author Richard E. Roach

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Suspense/Mystery author Richard Roach was born in 1931 in Galveston, Texas. Short stories of his have been published in Man’s Story 2, Happy 2007, Vol. 20 and Bibliophilos 2006, Vol. 42. His first novel, Scattered Leaves, hit the book stores on September 1, ’08, and his second novel, Scattered Money, will be published in 2009.

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When Ben McCord comes home from a business trip to find his young wife raped and murdered, he starts out on a journey of death and destruction. Clues lead him to a dark world of drugs and violence in action that spans Texas, Colorado, and the Mexican border. McCord hooks up with a beautiful doctor, who was also victimized by members of the same drug cartel, and together they track down the killers, surviving bloody confrontations, and ending with a suspenseful climax in the Big Thicket of Texas.


How do you develop your main character for your mystery? I read the following some where:

One way to develop a main character is by introducing another main, secondary or minor character (love interest, family member, friend or villain) who either enhances or contrasts his personality. You’ll see the saving-herself-for-marriage woman paired with a slutty best friend. The street-smart guy with the 4.0 GPA buddy. The happily married accountant with 2.5 kids, living vicariously through his footloose, unfettered college buddy who’s been to every corner of the globe on one hair-raising adventure after another.

I think that sounds very good and I'm sure the person who wrote it had been trained in one of the better universities of our nation. However, (I bet you knew there was going to be a conflict, didn't you? After all we can't have a story if everyone agrees, now can we?) I do it a little differently . . . when I come up with the plot, I assemble all the people I have known over my lifetime and pick the one most nearly like the character I am trying to create. (I must admit with women it is somewhat harder because I haven't known many movie stars and all my female protagonis are nearly perfect specimens.)

For Ben McCord, SCATTERED LEAVES, I chose a melding of Hop Simmons, Duke Morrison, and Wade Kimeral. His physical size and good rugged looks came for Mr. Simmons, his acting ability from Duke, and his grit from Wade, a guy who played tight end on the football team back in my service days.

Of course, I know you don't need any advice from me because you wouldn't be a writer if you didn't have loads of imagination. This is for the tenderfoot that's just saddled up for their first journey up the trail.

Thank you and good luck with your writing.

Richard Roach

Comments are welcome.


Unknown said...

This looks a facinaty novel and one I am sure I will put on my "must reads" Thanks so much for sharing


Morgan Mandel said...

Welcome to Make Mine Mystery, Richard.

Great advice portraying one character through the eyes of another.

Morgan Mandel

thewriterslife said...

Thank you for hosting Richard today, Morgan!

Cheryl said...

Best of luck with your book, Richard.

Anonymous said...


Send me an email! If you are the third one I receive, you're the lucky one. I'll get in the mail tomorrow.

Thanks to Make Mine Mystery for this opportunity.

Richard E. Roach

Mark Troy said...

Welcome to the blog, Richard. You've got my interest. I'll have to get that book.

Chester Campbell said...

Fascinating way to pick your characters. I usually invent mine from head to toe.

Dana Fredsti said...

My only objection is the thought of all of your women being perfect specimens... Give 'em a little ripply fat! :-)

elaine cantrell said...

Using the eyes and hears of a secondary character to define the hero is a marvelous idea. Thanks for the interview.