What drives a person to commit murder? What are the motivating factors in the most desperate, diabolical, and even heroic human behaviors? These are the questions I ask myself when developing my characters. It is not enough for me to write what my characters do, but to also shed light on why they are motivated to act in such a way and therefore create a catalyst for how they react to one another. I believe this builds a credible and evolving story that shifts and changes with these reactions, engaging the reader on a deeper level of understanding and connection.