The Character Development of Jodie Bailey and Laurie Wood (Episode 65)

On this episode of “The Romantic Side of Suspense,” I’m talking with Jodie Bailey and Laurie Wood. Among other things, we discussed how each develops their characters.

“You want the name to match the personality a little bit,” Laurie said. The first name she selected for a character was “too soft. I wanted it to be a little bit more … punchy than that. So I renamed her with a stronger name.”

“I’m a character first writer,” Jodie said. “Sometimes, the characters will start talking before I know what the story’s going to be, so I have to figure out where to put them in the story.”

Jodie writes stories about freedom and the heroes who fight for it. Her novels have won the RT Reviewers Choice Award and the Selah award. She’s convinced the beach, good coffee, and great books can cure all ills. Jodie lives in North Carolina with her husband, daughter, and two dogs.

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Laurie is a military wife who’s lived across Canada and visited six of its 10 provinces. She and her husband have raised two wonderful children with Down Syndrome to adulthood, and their son and daughter are a wonderful blessing to their lives. Over the years, Laurie’s books have finaled in prestigious contests such as the Daphne du Maurier (twice), the TARA, the Jasmine and the Genesis. Her family lives in central Canada with a menagerie of rescue dogs and cats. If the house were bigger, no doubt they’d have more.

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Listen to the podcast for more from our interview, plus teasers for Witness in Peril and Northern Deception.