She was one of my high school girls in youth group at my church where me and my husband have been working for the past several years. So while I was writing my last several books, I saw her pretty much every Saturday. Even though she’s now in college, I see her in the summertime when she comes home, because she helps out at youth group.
So when I was writing Single Sashimi, book 3 in my Sushi series, and I had to come up with names of kids in the youth group, I chose Karissa’s name.
Then when I was writing Weddings and Wasabi, book 4 in my Sushi series, she showed up again.
THEN when I was writing Protection for Hire, lo and behold, she showed up again. What’s more, she had a significant role as a minor character.
So of course when writing A Dangerous Stage, the second book in my Protection for Hire series, I had to have her appear again, although not in as big a role as the first book. But I think I will bring her back again for the third book.
I’m not sure why she kept coming back as a recurring character, but I found that I really liked seeing her. And then I realized how much I liked seeing recurring minor characters in other series that I’ve read. It makes me feel like I’m stopping in to visit for tea and cookies!
What are some series and recurring characters you’ve enjoyed reading about? Or do you not enjoy recurring characters at all? Weigh in!