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Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1
Sea-Devil: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 1

You never get over your first love...how about your first murder? When a man is murdered in her bookstore the night before her grand opening, island newcomer, Delilah Duffy, makes a name for herself as prime suspect. If Delilah Duffy hopes to create a life on the island, she must navigate through a vicious family feud, shoddy police work and the mistakes of her past. Will Delilah uncover the truth before her past and her present destroy her?

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Luna-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 2
Luna-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 2

We're all just one pain away from lunacy. A seaside inn. An elegant party. A black dress. What could go wrong? For Delilah Duffy, just about anything. With her bookstore failing, the last thing she needs is a party or another mystery to solve. With nightmares, anxiety, and panic intensifying, Delilah doesn’t know what’s real and what’s in her head. With everything at risk, Delilah discovers what’s worse… becoming a lunatic or facing one.

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Sea-Crossed: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 3
Sea-Crossed: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 3

Some secrets are kept to be kind. Torture, pain, misery - that’s all someone else wants for her. When a dinner party turns deadly, Sam goes missing, and Delilah realizes she's being watched, the “book queen with a thing for crime scenes” must battle to get her life and love back. Can love and determination save them or will dark secrets ruin her chances for a normal life? With mysterious messages taunting her and a killer eluding her, what lines will she cross to get to the truth?

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Pyra-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 4
Pyra-Sea: A Delilah Duffy Mystery Book 4

Everything can change in seconds. Bookstore manager and crime-solver, Delilah Duffy knows that better than anyone. When her Happily Ever After Valentine’s Day Bash ends in fiery destruction, everything she’s worked for burns with it. Pregnant and brokenhearted, Delilah fans the flames of her anger toward what she’s good at: solving crimes. Hot on the trail of an arsonist while her nemesis is on hers, Delilah fights to get her life back. Will she turn ash to treasure before the pyromaniac strikes

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Water World
Water World

After a tough move with his Mom and sister from his beloved country home, Ethan isn't adjusting well to city life. In trying to escape his problems in this world, he opens another, dropping him and his sister, Abby, into Water World. This trip is no vacation, not with legendary monsters and deadly sea creatures to battle. But teaming up to help the merpeople through their home-related crisis might help Ethan and Abby navigate theirs, if they survive long enough to make it home.

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  • Jessica Sherry

15+ Writing Ideas on Contradictory Characters

The best characters are usually odd ducks--people with strange eccentricities and ironic contradictions. My Delilah Duffy mystery series features a young woman who loves the beach but is scared to death of water. She knows how to swim, but a near-drowning as a child incites panic whenever she gets too close to the shore. The irony that she's a beach girl with a water phobia is one of my favorite weird things about her, and it's fueled many aspects of her books.

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To develop characters, it's useful to think in odd combinations. People often start things, like career paths, with the best intentions only to undergo life changes that upset their plans. Or maybe your character has a love/hate relationship with something, like Delilah. Here's a list of ironic characters to inspire your writing:

  • A diabetic candy maker or candy store owner

  • An alcoholic bartender

  • A fire fighter who's an arsonist

  • A germaphobic sanitation engineer

  • A librarian who hates reading

  • An atheist preacher

  • A teacher who dislikes kids

  • A dirty cop (Though arguably overdone, it still makes the list.)

  • A surgeon with an aversion to blood (I stole this idea from Doc Martin)

  • A vampire with an aversion to blood (Did I make that up or is that a thing already?)

  • A giant afraid of bugs

  • An agoraphobic freedom fighter

  • A feminist homemaker

  • An actor or supermodel who fears attention

  • An accountant who's terrible with her own money

  • A rich miser

  • A poor philanthropist

  • A writer without readers *tear*... a writer without story ideas (that's crazy!)... a writer who writes romances/adventures/thrillers/mysteries but fears having any of these himself... Ironic writer ideas flow pretty easily around here. :)


What odd combinations set your characters apart? Start or join the conversation by sharing below.


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