When Minor Characters Take a Front Seat

It’s been a while since I posted an update, so I thought I’d start out by letting people know that my second book, Shampires, is in the hands of beta readers right now.  Once my beta readers have given their feedback, the manuscript will be going through a final round of edits before being made available on Amazon.  If all goes according to plan, Shampires, will be available around the end of this year.

But that’s actually not what I wanted to write about this evening.

What I wanted to talk was something interesting that popped up while I was working on the first draft of my third book, which currently has the working title of Legacy.

Now I’m not going to tell you about the plot of Legacy just yet.  Some major hints about the story line are dropped in Shampires, and I don’t want to spoil the surprise.

So, what was the fascinating thing that popped up? I discovered that sometimes minor characters have stories to tell that are so big they end up needing a book of their own.

Without giving anything away, I’ll say this.  In the third book, we meet a character named Miroslav.  He was originally supposed to be a bit character, basically serving as a getaway driver of a van.  I had him in a couple of scenes, and he was basically just a throw away character.

And then?

And then I started dreaming about him.  The next thing I knew, he had become a major character in the third book, but his story grew and grew and grew.  Now, it’s looking like he’s got so much of a story to tell that he’ll end up having his own book at some point.

Miroslav’s got a great story, and he’s a very funny guy.  I never realized, once I put him in front of the wheel of that van, just how much he had to tell me.  I’m glad I listened, because I think you’ll love him just as much as I do, when you finally meet him.

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