This was the the exact question I ask myself when I finish my first published novel, ‘The Writer‘
George Mason (the main character) and I spent long hours working together, trying to tell the story, trying to make it compelling, trying to keep him alive. (I write mysteries, trillers and suspense, there is usually someone dead or on the verge of) running and keeping the tension in a high level. But when I finish that novel I was done with George. I am not sure I will ever revisit him, I am not sure we will have that coffee we promised each other we will have in Colorado someday, in a way, at least for now, we where done.
Then I met, Hannah Fisher (the main character of my soon to be release novel ‘Putsch’) we also have spent hours working together, telling a story, keeping the tension and drinking merlot, but when the book was ready, finished, edited, I want it more, actually ‘Putsch’ is the first part of the story. Hannah Fisher and I had continue to drink Merlot and solving issues together, continue running and trying to the best of our abilities, to continue telling the story.
Aside point: It may be the Merlot instead of the coffee that had keep this relation alive, shame on George.
Sometimes, characters need to stay put, you may come back to them, you may never visit them again, sometimes you need a new kind of character to tell the story, sometimes, you need one that drink wine and is willing to get drunk instead of coffee so it doesn’t sleep that night.
I don’t have a definite answer. I am working on the third book now, continue the story of a Hannah Fisher, and I don’t know if after this I will continue telling more of her story or not, but at least for now, there is more to tell, more to celebrate, more to let people know about her, and her adventures. I may get tired of Merlot, and she hates Cabernet, or I may need to get back to sip coffee with George, or find me another coffee drinker for that manner.
As a reader, what is your feeling with you love a character and the writer can deal with him any more?
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