Patrick O'Brien wrote:
I would like to ask both Chris and Dave, how the find the experience of killing off a major character? Does it come easy? Or is it a difficult task? Does it slow down the pace of your writing as you detail the event? Have you ever regretted doing it?
If you mean a major canon character, I haven't iced any of them … yet.
If you mean a major character within his or her series, such as…
…then those are moments I take very seriously. I try to craft them in ways that capture what I think reflects each character's intrinsic nature, as it pertains to facing the moment of his/her own oblivion.
However, I find such scenes no more difficult, nor any easier, to write than any others, and I don't regret any of the creative decisions I've made regarding which characters to usher into the final darkness.