THREE QUESTIONS FOR CHRISTINE HARRIS
UnderCover Girl: Secrets
Everyone likes a mystery. And the suspense is even greater if there is a mystery about the main character, not just the problem he or she is trying to solve. A secret agent who doesn't know about her past gives that.1. What made you choose a kid secret agent for your hero?
When I was a child I was really into secret codes and mystery solving. I like to write books that I would enjoy reading.
Also, being a secret agent with a shadowy past keeps the character, Jesse, isolated from others who might help her. She is alone and must sort things out herself. That is when she discovers her true strength of character.
That is hard to answer truthfully. And maybe I couldn't answer it. Most people don't see themselves the way others do.2. What do you have in common with Jesse?
What I will say is that Jesse is who I would like to have been at that age - but without the shadowy past. I like her quirky way of looking at things, her irrepressible sense of humour, her courage. I wrote a character that I liked, but put her inside a dangerous mystery.
I used to read the 'Famous Five' books, then 'Cherry Ames' ( a mystery-solving nurse), 'Donna Parker', 'Swallows and Amazons'.3. When you were a kid, who was your favorite mystery detective?