Solving the Mystery of Character and Point of View, a guest post by author AL Tait

When I started writing The Fire Star, the first book in the Maven & Reeve Mystery series, I thought I had a pretty good handle on the whole novel-writing caper. after all, The Fire Star was my seventh middle-grade novel, and my eleventh published book! Surely I knew what I was doing…

I already knew Reeve. He’d swaggered into my head, all charming smile and social savvy, a knight in the making in every way (bar one small problem… but, hey, nobody’s perfect). I knew I was writing an exciting ‘almost history’ mystery story because I’d always wanted to write an exciting ‘almost history’ mystery story. I knew Reeve was my main character – his charisma announced it.