Marilyn Levinson writes several series, but is best known for her Haunted Library series, which she writes as Allison Brook. You can find out more about her here, see her books here, and read her last post here.
1. I get to write about characters I wish I knew as real people. Over the course of the series, I get to have my characters resolve problems, grow and change, and relate to one another.
2. I get to create a pretty picturesque town where I’d love to live, one where most people know and like one another, a town with traditions and a community spirit.
3. I get to plan a murder or two in each book and make other characters appear suspicious and have a motive to kill the victim(s).
4. I get to create and expose secrets. I love having my sleuth uncover some deep, dark skeleton in the closet that a suspect wants to keep. . . secret.
5. I get to create a pet—a dog or a cat as my sleuth’s companion—that may even help solve the murders.
6. I get to create my characters’ relationships and interactions with one another. See how they change or grow.
7. I get to have fun creating a denouement that exposes the murderer in a funny or unique manner.
8. I get to explore various jobs and occupations—my sleuth’s and other characters’.
9. I get to explore social issues that beset a town and personal issues that might plague a character.
10. I get to experience the good feeling of having my sleuth solve a murder(s), knowing that justice with be carried out.