How to Create a Series Character That Readers Will Root For

How to Create a Series Character That Readers Will Root For

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Too often beginning writers attempt to model their series protagonist on a favorite character in a blockbuster movie or bestselling series. But to truly create a three-dimensional memorable character that can successfully sustain a series, you need to mine your own psyche and experiences. Naomi Hirahara, an Edgar Award winner who has been recently nominated for another one in the same series, presents ways in which you can make seemingly unlikeable or unremarkable characters compelling for your readers.


Naomi Hirahara is the Edgar Award-winning author of two mystery series set in Southern California. Her Mas Arai series, which features a Hiroshima survivor and gardener, ended with the publication of HIROSHIMA BOY in 2018. The books have been translated into Japanese, Korean and French. The first in her Officer Ellie Rush bicycle cop mystery series received the T. Jefferson Parker Mystery Award. She has also published noir short stories, middle-grade fiction and nonfiction history books. Her new mystery set in Hawai'i, ICED IN PARADISE, will be released in September 2019. For more information, go to

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