A few weeks ago I wrote about teenagers in crime fiction, and I admit that I hope I´ll never have a brilliant idea for a novel which forces me to come up with main characters who are teenagers. Far too risky, and if you get it right today, the story will sound dated tomorrow.
Creating younger children is different in my opinion. Perhaps not easy, but not impossible either. And as I studied children´s language acquisition several years ago, their language and development are subjects that fascinate me.
And as I said the other day, S.J. Bolton handles her young characters fairly well in “Blood Harvest”. Ten-year-old Tom is obviously a very intelligent boy, but nothing is wrong with that – some children are, you know.
Here is what I wrote down about little Millie, however.
Besides, we see that she still lands on her behind quite often and cannot cope with even a few stairs, and I also noticed this sentence:
“Evy held up her arms and Gareth put his daughter down gently on to Evi´s lap. Millie grabbed Evi´s hair and started bouncing”
For you who are parents or just observant adults – how old would you say Millie is?
[Never mind, Ms Bolton, I loved your thriller so you are forgiven entirely]