I give motive to the Wendigo and make it a character all its own. The thing is, without character there is no story. Even in short pieces characters carry the weight of the world on their shoulders. And while violence is present in most of my stories, there is so much more. That’s all there really is to say. Characters are who I care about. I’m happy when they triumph. I’m sad when they fail or die (most often becoming a hero of sacrifice).
I enjoy reading a good romance such as Odd Thomas and Stormy in Dean Koontz’s Odd Thomas. Or his other story- my favorite book of all time- Life Expectancy. I also enjoy a little mystery among characters; such as Robert R. McCammon infuses throughout Boy’s Life. Tragedy. Drama. Comedy. All of these have ways of seamlessly blending varying characters together into one story.
For me it’s always fun creating differences and similarities. They’re as fun to write about as violence, blood, and gore. Each person I put to paper (or even the creatures) are reflections of others I have seen. They are little bits and pieces of me. A few them are complete opposite of me or anyone I know. Such as when some characters hurt women. If you piss me off enough I can put you as a victim in my story and only I’ll know it’s you. And trust me, being a victim in my story (or any author’s stories) isn’t a good idea. So stay on my good-side and we’ll be cool.
Anyways, I promise never to give one dimension to a future story. Finally, readers, in the comments below riddle me this: Who is/are your favorite literary character(s)?