During this year’s A to Z Challenge, I am writing about my latest novel, Escape Plan by giving you all little snippets about the characters, inspiration, and lessons learned while writing my third novel.

I love it when minor characters clear their throats and demand to become main characters. Bitsy Magnuson-Evans appears in one scene in Overlook merely to annoy Stacia (a main character). She was catty and deliciously condescending in her pale blue boucle suits, but didn’t really have much to do with the larger plot in the first book. In Escape Plan, Bitsy staggers into Kitty and Stacia’s complicated plot to get away with murder and adds a new tipsy wrinkle. Kitty always knew Bitsy as an  imperious snob but comes to realize that there is a funny bookish woman behind her cold facade. The two of them become a dangerous team when left to their own devices.

Can you think of any other books where a minor character steals the show?

Escape Plan by Elizabeth Hein (100x150)To celebrate the release of Escape Plan coinciding with the A to Z Challenge, I am giving away a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card and 3 copies of Escape Plan. All you have to do is leave a comment with a way to reach you when you win.

Also, if you sign-up to receive my newsletter, I will send you a free copy of Overlook, the prequel to Escape Plan.

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