PLEASE READ THIS COMMENT!!!! I think this is inaccurate. Authors develop emotional attachments to their characters just like the readers. In a way, the author has to deal with more sadness from the death of a character than a reader does. An author envisions a life for their character, and it's painful to give them up. Authors HATE killing their characters. It's much harder for an author to kill a character in their novel than people like to imagine.
Inching down 'death road' near La Paz, Bolivia. (From the wonderful Pinterest board, "Latinoamerico.') Repinned by Elizabeth VanBuskirk, author of "Beyond the Stones of Machu Picchu," short stories about Inca life today, In Bolivia, the country next to Peru--across the large Lake Titicaca--you can also see the dramatic challenges of living in the high altitudes of the Andes Mountains.
What was it like before you burned him? Did you hold his hand and watch his skin turn purple, the color of the bruises you don't remember inflicting on him? Did you watch his eyes sink and imagine him old and gaunt and full of years, because you'll never get the chance? It wasn't your choice to see him like that, to remember him that way. It never is. <--- previous