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Margie Orford Talks About the Evolution of Her Protagonist, Clare Hart

Water MusicMargie Orford spoke to Margaret von Klemperer about her latest novel in the Clare Hart crime series, Water Music. Orford said that Clare “has wised up and learnt some lessons along the way — I think what she learns in Water Music is how to trust, at last, herself and her woman’s heart.”

“She’s grown with my writing and starting a new novel with a character you like and know and trust makes the story unfold. Plot, after all, is character, and Clare is sure and steady and complex — wonderful prism through which to refract an often violent and hostile world”, Orford said.

Margie Orford’s latest Clare Hart thriller, Water Music, has just been published (see a review in tomorrow’s Witness Bookworm). Here the author speaks to Witness Books Editor, Margaret von Klemperer.
This is the fifth Clare Hart novel, and she is a fascinating character, not just in her job as a profiler but also as a person. But for an author, is it not restrictive to tie yourself to a series character in this way?

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