Confession time: I really don’t want to write any characters but my own. Yes, I enjoy the heck out of other people’s books and there are characters I LOVE…but I don’t want my version of their world and continuing story – I want the actual, original author’s plot. And not as continued or extended by anyone else…
When I was a kid and there was a world I longed to be a part of – Trixie Belden maybe, or Robin Hood or Tom Corbett Space Cadet – I wrote myself into their worlds (fan fiction before I even knew such a thing existed!) as a character of my own.
I’ve thought and thought about this post all week, trying to come up with somebody’s existing character I could honestly say I wanted to write stories for and the best I could do was Eomer from Lord of the Rings. I wanted a LOT more of him (but how much of that had to do with Karl Urban I’ll leave up to you…)
Now I really liked Marcella’s idea yesterday, of taking someone real and wanting to tell their story…but as soon as I do that, my brain starts adding science fiction and fantasy elements and that’s kind of how I started writing my Gods of Egypt series in the first place. I don’t want to be be tied to reality or anyone’s actual life.
I would enjoy being invited to write my own story with my own characters in certain authors’ worlds, as I’ve mentioned (probably too often!) in the past, but the blog topic for the week wasn’t “what other worlds do you want to write in”…
As far as characters in my own books, I’ve been wanting to get to the story of Khevan the D’nvannae Brother and Twilka the Socialite, supporting characters in Wreck of the Nebula Dream, and What Happened Next. I even had the plot pretty much figured out but I just never had the motivation to sit down and write it. Last week I finally figured out that if I wasn’t writing, it wasn’t the right story so I challenged myself to take a totally new tack and – there the adventure was! I’ve had readers asking me for more about Khevan and Twilka since Wreck came out in 2012, so I’m hoping people will enjoy it. Nick and Mara do have a role to play in the action. The goal is to publish the book before the end of 2016.
I also want to tell a new story for Mitch, the sergeant in from Escape From Zulaire but I’m still listening for the Muse to give me the right challenge for him to tackle.
And Edekh, the Chief Scribe in the palace of my Pharaoh in ancient Egypt, really needs his own book but again, waiting for the Muse to deliver more details.
What character in a book have you always wanted more of?
This article was originally posted on SFF Seven