Welcome back for another stop on the CLP Blog Tour for Kathleen Kole's novel Tales from the Laundry Pile. I reviewed the enjoyable novel on Monday (the review is here if you missed it) and today Kathleen is here with a fabulous guest post. As I mentioned in my review, I was looking forward to seeing what characters from previous novels would pop up in this one so I wanted to know if the cameos were always a planned thing or if the characters just demanded more attention. I loved this post and I hope you do, too!
Cameos... The Who, What, Where, When and How
When I wrote my first novel, I must admit I didn’t have the thought of allowing my characters to have cameos in later books. I was writing that story, so that was where my thoughts centered.
It was in my second novel, Dollars to Donuts, that the idea of allowing my characters to have cameos began to blossom. I had become very fond of them and it seemed only right to allow them to flit in here and there in following Boxwood Hills based novels, adding their charms where applicable.
In my next book, Favorable Conditions, the first cameos came to light. The story was a perfect fit for a certain vivacious twosome to story-hop, as well as a few other characters my readers would recognize (no spoilers!).
All of that being said, I can assure you I chose who comes and goes in each novel. My characters are “very good listeners” and do what they’re told! Haha!
As for how I choose who, what and/or where a character might make a cameo, that depends completely on the story at hand. As each new novel is created and the Boxwood Hills universe expands, former characters and their lives and personalities just fit in where they would naturally be. Sounds odd, I’ll admit, but hopefully that makes sense.
So, there we have it. The who, what, where, when and how my characters find their way into each other’s stories. The Boxwood Hills universe is alive and well in my thoughts and nothing brings me more joy than to continue to write new tales and introduce my readers to more and more of the residents and their stories.
That being said, I sincerely hope Claire’s story in Tales from the Laundry Pile is embraced with as much kindness and openheartedness as have my other three. I am blessed beyond measure to have such fantastic, loyal readers.
Thank you, Kaley, for allowing me the privilege of writing this guest post and thank you for doing me the honor of being a part of the blog tour. Your support throughout my journey has been stellar and means more than words can say.
Blogger note: *blushes*