I’ve been thinking a lot about characters recently - the characters in my own book of course, but great characters from the books I loved reading too.
There are so many I love, and each of them are different, even within the same genre. Harry Bosch, Ray Mason and Tom Thorne may both have led police procedural series but each man has deep rooted issues that have shaped them in different ways as their lives have progressed. That’s due to the phenomenal writing of Michael Connelly, Simon Kernick and Mark Billingham, but also due to the way characters evolve.
My main protagonist is shaped by tragedy while serving abroad, and a debt he will forever owe to a family who have no idea he is back in their world. I can’t wait to write about him whenever I sit down, he’s filling up with colour and the world he inhabits is shaped by him as much as he is shaped by it.
Its a wide-reaching question, I know, but who is your favourite character in a novel and why?