Debi asked Susan Mallery:

How do you come up with your characters and their professions?

Susan Mallery Hi, Debi! The profession is usually secondary for me. What comes first is some vulnerability that allows me to know who the person is on the inside. Is she outgoing or an introvert? Is she one of those people who seems quiet, but then comes out with a one-liner that has everyone laughing? Does she dress in yoga pants like Larissa of UNTIL WE TOUCH, or is she a fashion plate in four-inch heels like Taryn of WHEN WE MET? Is she outdoorsy, or does she prefer to keep her feet on solid concrete? Once I know who she is, then I look for a career that fits her personality.
Susan Mallery

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