Clearly I’m incapable of posting regularly
I’ve missed two days of meme this time, so here’s a new record – three at once 🙂
17. Favorite protagonist and why!
That’s too hard. I love them all for different reasons. I like Sulien and John Cavendish because their combination of emotional sensitivity and barely leashed violence makes them explosive to write – lots of pressure under there to keep the energy levels up. But they’re not comfortable or joyous to write the way someone like Darren or Garnet was. And Sulien would come way down my list of “people I would like to meet if they were actually real.”
18. Favorite antagonist and why!
Similar problem – I can’t choose. I don’t generally go in for big moustache-twirly villains. Even my villain who wanted to take over the world was motivated by petty reasons. So I can’t really say that I like any of them.
19. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!
This is a toss up between Gunnar in The Witch’s Boy, who I introduced into the story on the principle that if you don’t know what happens next, have a man with a gun turn up. (In fact it was a party of Holmr knights pursuing a hapless peasant – but the same principle.) He never got exactly major as a character, but he did turn out to be the key to how I could bring the two subplots of the book together at the end.
And Flynn in Under the Hill, who was originally just going to be the much regretted dead boyfriend of 15 years ago. Then he turned out to be alive, developed an entire plotline of his own and is now one of the protagonists. I still don’t even know his surname!