If one decided to suddenly conduct an interview with Lark McCarthy from The Lightcatcher, it would go something like this:
Me: "I'm so very glad you have decided to sit down with me today. Thank you."
Me: "So...first of all, let's talk about Fin."
Me: "Well, as we know, Fin has been getting to know you more and more lately, hasn't she?"
Lark: "I suppose so."
Lark: "And what?"
Me: "Well, what do you know about her?"
Lark: "Other than she has a good head for heights and should never have scratched her name off the list? Not much, 'side from the fact she's an artist and that no other idiot would put a scoop of raspberry preserves in perfectly good black coffee. Oh, and she's a good dancer. I hear she can't sing a lick, though."
Me: "How do you feel about her?"
Me: "Yes. Feel. Also known as "affection". Do you have any for her?"
Lark: "Affection can go both ways."
Me: "Fine. Romantic affection."
Lark: "Are you asking if I have any romantic affection for Fin Devens?"
Lark: *smoothly* "No, I don't think so. Can we move on?"
Lark: "Why not?"
Me: "Because you're MY blasted character, alrighty? You do what I say! If I want you to like Fin, LIKE HER!"
Lark: *scoffs* "Ha."
Me: "I'll cut you out! I'm warning you...." *Draws breath, calms down.* "Now, let me ask you again, do you have any romantic affection for Fin?" *waggles eyebrows*
Lark: "Why would I?"
Me: "BECAUSE SHE'S YOUR LOVE INTEREST, BLAST IT! AND YOU'D BETTER GET HER QUICK BEFORE BRIT DANIELS OR SONTY BRANNIGAN STEPS IN AND DOES IT FOR YOU, YOU BLOODY IDIOT!"
Lark: *Unruffled* "I see."
Me: "NO, NO YOU DON'T SEE. YOU DON'T SEE ANYTHING. YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY? YOU'RE BLIND! YOU'RE BLIND AS A BAT, AS FAR AS I'M CONCERNED, AND YOU'RE DRIVING ME UP THE WALL!"
Lark: "I think the interview is over."
Me: "YEAH, YOU'RE BLOOMIN' RIGHT IT'S OVER. LEAVE. AND GO TALK TO FIN!"
So, yeah, folks. There you go. Lark McCarthy 101.
So right now I'll be highlighting some supporting/side characters that I would love to develop more.
(I won't mention Warren in the Pyrate Games [co-novel with the bestie] who I killed in the prologue, because even though I would love to give him a story, he's...well...dead. And you can't really write about dead characters. Can you? Maybe? *Will have to check on that later.)
Oh, I just mentioned him? Shame on me.
Ren Sharkey: Nineteen-year-old smuggler (not to be confused with a pirate in any sense), Maverick, lives in Salter port.
I would love to expound on Ren so much--give him a backstory, a family, a past, and a reason for his part in the rebellion. But the book focuses mainly on Scottie and Slate Fletcher, so I probably won't get a chance to flesh him out as he should be. He is, however, an interesting and mysterious character.
Sid Brooks: Nineteen, soldier, solo balloonist, loner, witty and quick with sarcasm. Deserter.
I'll be introducing Sid in The Lightcatcher, but I don't think I'll talk about him enough. The main focus is on Lark and Fin, so Sid will not get the attention he deserves. I will try, though.
Jakey Riddle: Thirteen years old, pickpocket, thief, lock artist living in the backstreets of Malstan.
So, Jakey. I think he'll probably be one of my favorite characters to write, since he's just a little spitfire. I introduce him in The Starkeeper's Gate, when Will Russell is thrown into the future and wanders into Cheapstreet and sees a crowd gathered around the local stocks.
But I won't say too much about him here, seeing as his story really gets started in the second book of the Halfblood Riders Trilogy. ...Which I haven't even started writing yet.
Sep Woods: Fifteen, already a good pilot, works with the Sky Force.
Well, the main reason I haven't thought more about Sep is because he really doesn't have a story yet. I hope that will change once I finish Flyboy. But, alas, I don't know if he'll get the thought he really needs, because I'll be mainly writing about Kit and Jacey.
So there... A peek inside my mind, or more specifically, my Character Graveyard. On second thought, I think this is really just a post in which I complain about not being able to make my supporting characters the main characters. But then, I would miss my main characters. '
So I can't really do anything about it.
Oh, and can anyone tell me why this post has all guys? Where are all my girls like Skeeta Nelarky, Meg Leiston, Terry Henders, Emmy Lou Brenns, and Natley Brooks?
Perhaps they'll just have to get a post all of their own.