Good morning Tuesday readers :-)
I woke up today thinking about my work in progress: Corpse in the Crystal Ball, and how I was going to handle the characters. What I was going to have them do, and what I was going to throw at them this time. This is book two of The Fortune Teller Mystery Series.
In Tempest in the Tea Leaves (book one), I created the character Morty. He's a big beautiful white cat with jet black eyes and fur that seems to glow at times. You never see him eat or sleep and he seems to literally appear out of thin air at times.
There's no proof that he's immortal, but my main character, Sunny, suspects he is (that's why she names him Morty) because of the reasons above, as well as the fact that he was in the house when she moved in. The house had been locked up tight for months so who had been feeding him and how did he survive? She also suspects that the house everyone thinks is haunted is really Morty's doing to keep people away.
Morty is very regal acting. A cat with attitude, who acts like he rules the house. He doesn't like many people, acts snobbish at times, like he's better than most, can be finicky. Yet he is fiercely loyal and very protective of Sunny.
This all got me thinking about my characters and how pets are really characters, too. And Morty is one of my main characters. That being said, I thought I should really develop him. Give him a back story. Where did he come from? How did he become immortal? How did he end up living in Vicky (the ancient Victorian house Sunny bought)? Does he have any goals, motivations or conflicts. Maybe show some sort of growth and change in each book, even if it's just a minor one like softening a little or coming to accept a certain character, etc. Taking his character and his bond with Sunny could be a really cool, fun part of this series.
What do you all think? Do you have pets in your books? How have you handled them as "characters"? Any tips or ideas?
Inquiring minds want to know...
So bring on those comments, then sit in your chair and write :-)