butterfly_effect_drawing_by_katepowellart-d53u79dWhen I think about some of the characters in my books, I have very mixed feelings about the prospect of spending time with them.

Some are so vile that I would not wish to spend any time with them at all (although if I could spy on them without them knowing I was there, I would spend many fascinating hours).

Some are so familiar to me from writing them (and interviewing them; and voicing their dialogue until I felt that I’d captured the essence of how they’d talk; and drawing them; and scouring magazines and web pages for images that I felt looked like them in some way…) that I feel as though I do hang out with them a lot already.

OK, enough putting it off.

I would spend time with….