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.

Characters are usually a single person, but every once in a while group of people can be a character in a novel. In both Overlook and Escape Plan, a clique of women known as The Lookers move as a unit and serve as a threat to Kitty’s well-being. Their weapons of choice are gossip and social snubs. In a place like Overlook, where image is everything, Kitty is more afraid of having The Lookers than the police.

Writing about The Lookers was interesting. When you think of an antagonist, a group of gossiping neighbors is not the first thing that comes to mind; however, that is exactly what The Lookers are. They are the threat that lurks just beyond the reader’s line of sight  in both Overlook and Escape Plan.  They are what the main characters are afraid of. Their ridicule is what is at stake if Kitty’s secrets get out. Luckily, Kitty has the leader of The Lookers on her side. Stacia can run interference for her, but only for so long.

Can you think of other novels where a group of people serves as the antagonist? I’d love to hear about them.

See you tomorrow!

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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