Sometimes writers interview their characters, and sometimes they learn about them as they go along. Sometimes characters arrive full-blown, taken from the writer’s own life, and sometimes they are little clips from the lives of other people.
Readers of the Butch Karp/Marlene Ciampi series like Marlene very much, especially women readers. I love Marlene myself.
I thought you’d like to know a few things about Marlene, the Big Picture, and particularly how she feels about Butch.
You want to know what drives Marlene craziest about Butch? His total commitment to due process. It takes time, and sometimes that drives her up the wall. She understands that time is required because you must be sure that a trial is fair.
She is extremely offended that sometimes it seems as if the people who should care very much about a trial don’t give a s&#t. (Marlene’s words, not mine.) There was a death penalty case where the DA fell asleep during the trial. That’s not a euphemism. Literally fell asleep. A death penalty case. There are no words…
What does Marlene love most about Butch?
His passion. His passion for her, for family, for caring, passion in the way he lives his life.
Butch and Marlene are a quite a pair.