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Most embarrassing moments for our characters

Authors love to put their characters into uncomfortable situations. What is your most embarrassing moment…on the page or off?
  • Terry Ambrose:

     Oh, that’s easy. In ‘The Killer Christmas Sweater Club’, B&B owner Rick and cook Marquetta decided to dive into the Christmas spirit after a bit too much wine. In the attic, amidst dusty decorations, they shared a not-so-stealthy kiss. However, their romantic moment turned was interrupted when Rick’s ten-year-old daughter, Alex, turned detective, spotlighted their secret with her flashlight. Talk about a not-so-silent night!

  • Nancy J. Cohen:

    Marla Vail says, this wasn’t in a book, but I was highly embarrassed when I showed up for my sister-in-law’s birthday party, and it was a week early. Charlene answered the door at her house and saw me standing there dressed up and with her gift in hand. I’d been so busy between driving Ryder around to his activities and trying to keep up with duties at the salon, that I totally put down the wrong date on my calendar. I apologized and said I’d see her and my brother the following week. Dalton was with me. We went out to dinner to take advantage of having a babysitter.

  • Debra H. Goldstein:

    Sarah Blair is uncomfortable whenever she is responsible for anything kitchen related. Sarah’s discomfort goes through the roof when called upon to take her twin’s place during a cooking competition. Can she pull off Jell-O in a Can or any other recipe? (One Taste Too Many – btw, for Jell-O in a Can and other recipes go to www.DebraHGoldstein.com to download a free “Simple Recipes for the Sometimes Sleuth” cookbook).

  • Cheryl Hollon:

    In my current uncontracted aviation historical mystery, my main character is Harriet Buchanan, a recent graduate of Georgia Tech working at an aircraft manufacturing company in England. Determined to solve the murder of a technician, she follows a manufacturing supervisor into the Men’s Restroom. She’s determined to corner him into revealing an important clue, and he thinks she’ll be too timid to follow. He thought wrong.

  • Diane A.S. Stuckart:

    Nina Fleet was definitely feeling uncomfortable when she found herself trapped in the stall of a girls’ restroom in the high school where a bridal expo was taking place while two acquaintances—not realizing she was in there—had an ugly argument that later served as a motive for murder. Fortunately, she was able to remain hidden until the pair exited the restroom, with neither woman the wiser regarding her presence.  

  • Maggie Toussaint:

    My cozy sleuth Tabby Winslow has a lot to hide, and she never seeks the spotlight. Her goal is to get justice for family and friends wrongly accused of crimes. Her sleuthing activity puts her in the spotlight every book, and someone always takes offense at her amateur efforts. Her name invariably ends up in the newspaper. All of the notoriety embarrasses Tabby.

  • Lois Winston

    Anastasia Pollack says, really? You actually expect me to narrow all of them down to just one? Have you met my author? Have you seen what she’s done to me throughout twelve novels and three novellas? Since that woman plucked me out of the fictional character firmament, my life has been one mayhem filled rollercoaster ride after another—and I suffer from motion sickness!

So, readers, it's your turn. What's your favorite most-embarrassing-moment for one of the characters you love?


5 thoughts on “Most embarrassing moments for our characters

  1. I just read a book with a Senor Sleuth and boy was she blunt in her questioning. She made some enemies and barred from her favorite cafe.

  2. My mc went to a cantina for a glass of iced tea in Cancun with a handsome new acquaintance. She got smashed on margaritas and ended up onstage singing with a Marachi band.

    She woke the. Ext morning without a clue how she got back to her hotel room.

  3. She lost everything because of her criminal of an ex husband and was forced to leave town and live in a dump of a campground in a small town full of people who lost money because of him. If that wasn’t bad enough, he showed up at the campground, dead, and she was suspected of his murder.

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