My Books

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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My Vella Story

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

12+ Hobbies for your Characters

To create well-rounded, realistic characters with depth and intrigue, give them hobbies. Side-passions not only make them more interesting, but provide a plotting bonus, pushing your character into action. What does she do when she's not working, falling in love, saving the world, or solving a murder? And what messes might she get into in pursuit of her hobby? There must be something she longs to do when she's not doing it, something that helps her get in the zone and think, like Sherlock Holmes playing the violin.



A character's interests can reveal much about them. A fly fisherman, for example, is probably patient, meticulous, and longs for the peaceful solitude of the outdoors. On the other hand, someone drawn to dancing, theater, or performing is high-energy and enjoys bright lights and people.


"I collect spores, mold, and fungus." ~ Egon, Ghostbusters

Consider your own hobbies and what they give you. A creative space, focus, self-expression, physicality, ownership, satisfaction, an escape? What does your character need from downtime? Get a hobby on, maybe with one of these:


  1. Cycling around the city... knowing all its nooks and crannies could come in handy for a hero or a villain, or Uber driver, or delivery person

  2. Extreme couponing... to cheaply stockpile for the next pandemic, perhaps. This might suggest an anxious personality.

  3. Lucrative pursuits... investing, coin collecting, antique hunting, "picking" in hopes of discovering that long-lost Picasso in grandma's attic

  4. Binge watching old movies... because she's stuck in the past or depressed about her future

  5. Stamp collecting, coin collecting, bone collecting, brain collecting. *smirk* Anything can be collected. What's the weirdest thing your character could collect?

  6. Gaming... Perhaps she has a secret Twitch life or an entire social network through a screen. Could be fun for your character if these worlds clash.

  7. Birding, Bugging, or Reptiling... Yeah, I just made up a word. Shakespeare said writers can do that.

  8. The dark arts... photography, YouTube videos, writing. Perhaps the world she creates through her art doesn't jive with her reality, creating conflict, tension, and drama. I've often wanted to live in my character's world, but then, I remember all the terrible things I do to them and the danger I put them in, and reconsider.

  9. Mixology... designing the perfect smoothie, cocktail, beer, perfume, aphrodisiac, street drug, poison. It'd be a cinch turning this hobby into a character's dream, business, book, or weapon.

  10. Journaling or Blogging... while watching the neighbors through binoculars and keeping track of their lives, keeping a diary, a log of work-offenses.

  11. Knitting, painting, candle-stick-making... Hobby Lobby employees know this character by name. Perhaps she tries every hobby because she can't find the one thing she does really well. This could mirror her real life as she struggles to fit in.

  12. Walking, hiking, exploring... especially in places she shouldn't. She could be a loner, content with quiet, open spaces. Or someone who's really searching for a place to hide.


Here are more hobbies to consider for your characters. Or yourself.


Determining what your character's into will help readers get in to the character. *smirk*


What ideas do you have for hobbies? Share yours below! For more crazy ideas, check out www.coffeebrained.com


Or practice a little escapism (after you thoroughly check out my blog) and read a good book, like one of these.


Happy reading, writing, and hobbying. (Another new word).

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