Good Friends and a Board Full of Keys
It begins with a character, usually, and once he stands up on his feet and begins to move, all I can do is trot along behind him with a paper and pencil trying to keep up long enough to put down what he says and does.
Characters are the bread and butter of any novel. Especially, in Fantasy and Horror. As far as Science Fiction is concerned, the science can stand up as a unique character on its own. I am sure the same is true with the world in Fantasy or this suspense of a good horror, but without a rememberable hero, or a villain, that is memorable, then story seems as just that, another fantasy story.
Some of my favorite heroes are Drittz, from R. A. Salvatore’s Legend of Drittz series. Terry Goodkind’s Richard Cypher and Kaylen Amnell from the “Sword of Truth” series.. I like Kaylen far better than Richard. Darth Zannah from “The Rule of Two”, and yes I believe that Anakin/Vader is the greatest character imagined on-screen. I’ll attempt to stay with books from now on. Robert E. Howard’s Conan is awesome.
What makes these characters great is that they stay to themselves. They all have a code of honor, whether good or evil, and stay true to their character no matter the consequences of their action. I have an arsenal of favorite characters that I love to write about and I am figuring out the more that you work with your characters, like the more you hang out with your friends, the better you get to know them. No matter how much I think I know them, the more they continue to surprise me with each scene I lay down, each situation I throw at them they begin to take on a life of their own.
I don’t know if this is a sin to prematurely give the names of your children, but you should look for Anawle the Black soon enough. Anawle is an assassin, who as child was kidnapped by Naz’ Wraith, the dead beyond the plane of the living, so that they may build an army of living suffering. She is my favorite to work with at the moment. I have plenty of others; Akina, Draven, Damoth, Mortimus, and Feral to name a few. These are all characters from the novel that I am working on. I know that I have posted any work in a while for the eyes of my friends and the few fans I have, but lately, I have worked on creating a language that will hopefully be found beautiful.
I will settle on no less than giving my readers the best.