I have a problem: I’ve decided that for my fourth novel, one of my characters has to go. I’m not sure if it should be my hero or my heroine — at the moment, I’m leaning towards my hero — but it seems to be the only way I can bring their story up to date, from the fall of the Soviet Union to the present time. Atrocity though the March bombing of the Moscow Metro was, looking at it from an author’s standpoint, it provides the perfect occasion to bump somebody off.
Those of you who were my beta readers for the first two novels: If you’re still interested, the third novel has been completely revamped, and I would be interested in your comments. But meanwhile, whaddaya think: Should it be the heroine or the hero? “The Lady or the Tiger”?