One of the most enjoyable aspects of writing a comedic mystery series involves creating a cast of characters who will appear in more than one book.

They may be fictional characters, but the great ones walk off the page. They tickle, amuse, disgust, even infuriate the reader. Reminiscent of real people, these characters are those odd, eccentric, and undeniably strange individuals found in almost every family. (Including mine!)

They can be royal pains at times, but they are never, ever boring. They add drama, zest, and of course, comedic relief to the most mundane occasion. Even when it's not wanted, warranted, or welcome. 

In FRANK, INCENSE AND MURIEL, first book of the Muriel Reeves Mysteries, the heroine copes with a cast of zany characters who also happen to be her nearest and dearest relatives. The story takes place the week before Christmas. Their antics to outdo each other and win the family's coveted D-DAY (Death Defying Act of the Year) award can, and does, overshadow the usual holiday festivities. They also get in the way of the Muriel's determination to solve the mystery.

But rest assured, Muriel handles them and the mystery with aplomb.

My question today (for reader and/or writer) is this: Do you have a favorite fictional character? If so, what one trait makes them so endearing?

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