For West Chester, Ohio, author Celeste Walker, creating fictional characters is like having a heart-to-heart with a friend.
The more you converse, the more you understand him or her.
That’s how Walker developed the authentic characters in her gripping mystery/thriller, “Treasure Heart.”
The book’s dramatis personae “have all been written from impressions I receive of them as I write their dialogue…,” says the author/licensed social worker with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Cincinnati. “The more they speak, the more alive and real they become to me. So, as I get to know them, I am able to anticipate and develop them more deeply.”
Add “deception, lies, murder and betrayal” to Treasure Heart’s cast of credible characters and you’ve got one exceptionally suspenseful drama on your hands.
In fact, the back-cover synopsis of “Treasure Heart” should send shivers down the spines of parents everywhere:
“Imagine the horror to find your little girl has fallen overboard a cruise ship, in the middle of paradise. That's just what happens to Dave and Bren. The loss of a precious daughter and beloved little sister leaves the family's life shattered. And, the nightmare is only beginning. Deception, lies, murder and betrayal follow the family as they try to go on with their lives. Years pass and then, one day a startling discovery changes everything.” (*)
Captivating storylines like the ones above present themselves to Walker “during quiet times when I’m most relaxed,” she explains. “The plot of ‘Treasure Heart’ was the result of one of those quiet times. It was not based on my own experiences nor those of anyone I know.”