I just received this letter from Charlotte, a site reader who will be writing a Cozy Mystery. She has “a great character in the bag, ready to go.” Charlotte would like to know the following:
“What I’m doing at the moment is deciding whether to approach the stories in 1st person or 3rd person. I’ve read both and have no problem with either, in general.
The question I’m hoping you may have an answer to… is this:
Naturally, 1st person requires everything to be told via the protagonist’s point of view. Obviously. But I can’t, for the life of me, remember how 3rd person POV books handle other characters — do you know… if it is permissible in a cozy to allow other characters to take center stage once in a while, when the book is written in 3rd person? Giving background details to the reader that the protagonist still has to work to find out? Or is it imperative, even in 3rd person, that the protagonist’s be the only viewpoint?
… If you have any suggestions of 3rd-person POV books you think I’d enjoy, that might illuminate my question, please free free to share.”
If you have an opinions or preferences, please post a comment. (I am telling Charlotte about the entry so she can use your input.) Thank you!