I wrote one character with the intent of making a love triangle for my
characters Rei and Bronx. It really wasn’t much of one since Rei
wasn’t interested in Maitrun in the slightest. I thought I could try
my hand at it but nope. Big fat no. Honestly, I will be putting
those two through enought so adding a third person to the relationship
felt like overkill.
But then what would I do with Maitrun? I couldn’t get rid of him
completely because he actually plays a role in some of the story
linens, but I couldn’t figure out what more to do with him after the
first book. Maitrun is not important enough to be a main character,
but he has a role to play. I guess, in a way, he was just not a
character that I was that invested in.
What was he like? Well, I tried to make him like Rayne Summers from
the online comic ‘Least I Could Do.’ I like that kind of crass humor
and even though he is a womanizer there is something about him that I
find loveable. Unfortunately only Rayne can be Rayne. I can’t
recreate that in a way that would work in my story…in fact I can’t
recreate Rayne at all. It turned out pretty bad. Then I thought back
to a similar character – Nichols from ‘Orange is the New Black.’
She has a similar sense of humor and sometimes can be a little
offputting but she really cares about those close to her and always
makes the effort to show it. Another similar character is Captain
Jack Harkness from Doctor Who/Torchwood. See the pattern? Granted
Nicky is a lesbian and Harkness is an omnisexual (he’ll have sex with
anything) I loved how they stuck out in this world of straight heroes
and heroines. Your sexual orientation is not a prerequisite for
heroics and overall badassery. I know that they are both major flirts
but that’s because they just love to love.
Then I also remembered this movement that has been gaining momentum
over the last several months: #weneeddiversebooks. I have always
agreed with this statement long before the movement emerged. In Book
of Tas’und’eash I made one of my heroes a Nigerian named Latif
because I didn’t want my heroes to be so white washed. It’s not like
I meant for that to happen. In fact, I don’t think most authors do
that. But once I became aware, I decided to put changes where I
So I came to the decision that Maitrun would now be a lesbian.
However, what would I call her? I had been wanting to come up with a
cool badass chick called Bernadette only because I love nickname
Bernie for a girl. Et voila! Bernie!
Suddenly this character had new life for me and I could come up with
more things for her. I am very excited. On the whole, integrating
Bernie more into the story will really be the only major change that I
have to tackle in Volocio. But the payoff will be totally worth it.
What about you writers out there? Have you tried to write a character
that’s outside the normal?
Until next time,
Reading is just as important to writing as the actual act of writing. The goal is to read good writing because you can pick up some bad habits while reading badly written works. I decided to create this segment to talk about books that I have read that inspired me to write my current projects.
Occasionally I will also delve into a movie or tv show that also help inspire me.
So for this first segment I decided to start with the book series that really started it all: the “Song of the Lioness” quartet by Tamora Pierce.
I first read this series when I was twelve and I was absolutely hooked. The story follows Alanna of Trebond as she takes it upon herself to become the first female knight in several centuries in the world of Tortall. The four books in the series allows the reader to watch her grow from a young stubborn child to a grown woman.
I have read the series over and over again since I was twelve and the story does not get old. Pierce writes this coming of age story where our heroine not only accepts herself as a warrior, but as a woman, and a magical being. She learns to accept her faults and her imperfections while working with her strengths and weaknesses. Alanna was a great role model for me as a twelve year old.
But Pierce did not stop there.
After she wrote the “Song of the Lioness,” Pierce dove further into the world of Tortall to write the “Immortals” quartet, then the “Protector of the Small” quartet, and then the “Daughter of the Lioness” books. Each series took place later in the series and Alanna would return in each one even if she was not the main character.
I love those kind of books. It makes the world that much richer for me. I feel like I truly know Alanna because I watched her grow up and I grew up with her.
I wanted to write an opus like that. My Volocio books take place in the same world and the same characters may not play a main role but they are still around even if in spirit.
Pierce is a big reason why my world is so big.
What about you who are also familiar with Pierce’s work? If you like her works, what are your favorite books? If not, I would love to know your thoughts. All opinions are welcome.