Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?
Least favourite is easy. Maria. Simple as that. And it’s not just because I find her character a struggle or challenge: I just don’t like her. An indication of how little I like Maria is best demonstrated in the first draft of the book, when I killed her off. Nothing relevant to the plot or important to the other characters’ motivation or development…I’m fairly sure I only did it because I didn’t want the threat of her returning in the sequels. She was rescued from the black abyss by my muse, who proceeded to write an entire additional book about her, which has turned me more in her favour.
I’m not really sure what it is that I don’t like about her. It’s been suggested in the past that the reason I don’t like her is because she’s characteristically a nice, normal woman. As I mentioned in day two, I don’t write about normal women; it’s not intentional, but they’re all either bitter and twisted, evil geniuses, or in the event that they start out nice, they get killed, turn evil, or are certifiably insane. Maria is none of these things; she’s just nice. I could see how that would put me off. So, if you read any of my books, don’t get too attached to any nice ladies, because chances are they’ll be dead before the end.
Favourite is a little bit more complicated, as it’s difficult to choose, though perhaps surprisingly it’s none of the main characters. Catrina, Fox and Attilla are great and everything, but it’s the people around them, the ones they interact with that I personally find the most interesting. Favourites is a toss-up between Sonny (the Clan’s barman), Vincent (owner of the vampire clubs), the Creature (…let’s just call him Catrina’s conscience; he doesn’t really have much else of a ‘job’, so to speak), and Scout (the blood dealer).
If I was pushed to choose just one, I’d probably say Scout, because…well, because he’s just great, and for reasons I will get to in later questions, Scout has developed from being present in just one scene to a character featured prominently in all five books.
If you are interested in doing your own 30 Days of Writing, here are the questions.