copyright 2012, Aaron Paul Lazar
I’ve written ten LeGarde Mysteries and three Moore Mysteries from a guy’s point of view.
was easy, really. Because both Gus LeGarde and Sam Moore share many
qualities with me. Sure, they have their own personalities and possess
unique strengths and weaknesses, but I didn’t have to stretch to imagine
Gus’s passion for Camille, or Sam Moore’s sensual memories about his
wife in the early years before she got MS. It was easy to picture these
charming women characters. Longing for them came naturally, and I pretty
much used the feelings I’ve had all my life for my wife, Dale, who
happens to have resembled these ladies at various points in her life.
when I decided to challenge myself and start my new Tall Pines series
from a woman’s point of view, I hadn’t thought about the sexual aspect
of the job. No, I hadn’t thought how it would sound when I read the book
aloud to audiences (like I do today), telling them to picture me
female, five-nine, with dark hair to my shoulders and talking through my
protagonist’s voice about how luscious her man looked in his
At first it was a bit
uncomfortable. But once I let myself become caught up in the story, it
worked out just fine and my audience didn’t seem to doubt my masculine
Marcella Hollister is a fun character to write.
She’s healthy, for the most part, but haunted by her infertility. I
needed to get inside the head of a woman who yearned for children, but
would never have one of her own. This wasn’t familiar territory to me,
so I had to imagine the feelings, probably basing most of my perceptions
on my wife’s Lifetime movies and Joan Hall Hovey suspense novels.
doesn’t hide her unabashed affection and attraction to her half-Seneca
Indian husband. She pictures him in full Indian attire, atop a big pinto
horse, gazing over the horizon with his arms outstretched to the Great
She’s someone who physical needs are quite
foreign to me. But I’m proud to say that after living with my wife,
mother-in-law, three daughters, and watching a million chick flicks with
them over the years, I’ve had some of my fans tell me I’ve nailed the
woman’s point of view.
Whether you’re a model citizen
writing from a killer’s point of view, a woman writing from a man’s
point of view, or a man writing from a giraffe’s point of view, all it
takes is years of keen observational skills and plenty of conversations
with the person who’s head you’re getting inside. Unless he happens to
be a giraffe, of course.
Paul Lazar writes to soothe his soul. An award-winning, bestselling
Kindle author of three addictive mystery series, Aaron enjoys the
Genesee Valley countryside in upstate New York, where his characters
embrace life, play with their dogs and grandkids, grow sumptuous
gardens, and chase bad guys. Visit his website at
http://www.lazarbooks.com and watch for his upcoming Twilight Times
Books releases, FOR KEEPS (JUNE 2012), DON’T LET THE WIND CATCH YOU (MAY
2012), and the author’s preferred edition of UPSTAGED (JULY 2012).