Sunday, May 6, 2012

Being Hayley Snow

By Hayley Snow from the Key West food critic mysteries by Lucy Burdette

Did you ever see that film "Being John Malkovich" where a character discovers a portal that leads into a movie star's head?

I get the idea my writer's life is kind of like that--she's always looking for a way into my life and my heart. Only it would be a lot easier if she could channel me a little more closely. I do the best I can to help her with the story when she gets off track, and thank goodness her writers' group notices things too. Like for example, a couple weeks ago she wrote in the draft of my third book that I was pacing around the houseboat.

"I didn't think that her houseboat was big enough to pace in," says one of her friends.

"I hadn't thought about it in that much detail," says my writer, Lucy. And then, because she's a fast learner, she googles houseboat plans and comes up with something that seems to fit the bill.

Next thing I know she writes a line that she really loves: "To my absolute horror, as I drew closer, the heavy weight took the definite shape of a human figure. Dangling from the middle of the mast. The wind picked up, pushing the person back and forth on the groaning rope like an oversized metronome."

Nice writing and all, but did it work with the real scene? Luckily another one of her friends had the sense to wonder whether a body hanging from a large ship's mast would really be heavy enough to tilt that way.   And how would someone get it up there in the first place? And why? 

Phew, it took a good forty-five minutes to hammer all  that out. And we still aren't exactly sure how it happened...

And then there's the little matter of the tension between me and Detective Bransford. I wonder how long it might take before she realizes that something is off? In a big way?

Sometimes, to be honest, I think if she'd spend a little less time on Pinterest, and Facebook, and Twitter, and more time "Being Hayley Snow", this would all go a little faster!

Which reminds me, she's worried that she doesn't have enough fans on her Facebook page. So if you get a chance to pop over and like us, we could get back to work:) 

Lucy Burdette is the author of the Key West food critic mysteries, including AN APPETITE FOR MURDER. DEATH IN FOUR COURSES will be out next September and can be pre-ordered now!


  1. Our characters are such a pain in the ass. But most likely, according to Universal Law, a reflection of our consciousness. Ugh.

  2. I guess our characters know their stories the best, but it drives me crazy when they call me out on something I write that's off. I hate it when they're right.

    1. Our characters are like teenagers, they have all of the answers. They may not always be correct, but we can still learn by listening to them.

  3. This is starting to sound like a romance writer I once heard about who had a friend lock her in her own car trunk so she could do some fact checking -- don't take it too far!

  4. Oh Ang, you sound so wise...I can tell you don't have teenagers in the house anymore:). Michelle--will not allow myself to be locked in the trunk!!

  5. I know exactly what you mean, Hayley. We're always being put in impossible situations. What do our authors expect? Hanging from the mast? Oh no! I can hear Krista thinking that it's do-able!

    ~ Sophie