Writers are normal people. Well normal except maybe for the voices. My husband finds it odd that my characters speak—especially those times I tell him that I sat down to write a scene but the characters were talking so fast I could barely type quickly enough. But my fellow writers out there will know that when that happens. Bliss.
I guess in order for characters to gain dimension for the reader, they must first become real to us. So we delve and snoop and research until we get to know these people that inhabit our thoughts. But every so often, there’s a character that seems to stretch, take a breath and just be.
I honestly believe that the magic of writing is when something or someone we’ve created becomes so real that it exists beyond our imagination. In Journey of Wisdom, Book Three of the Triune Stones, that happened to me with Mohan.
Mohan was only supposed to play a small part in Journey of Dominion (Book Two). He was featured in a simple scene to help me highlight some of Ilythra’s talents, but he had other ideas, and in my opinion, he stole the scene. Not only that, his chemistry with Ilythra was one of those joyful discoveries writers love. I had intended him to look a little like Brad Pitt circa Legends of the Fall, but he had ideas about that too. He ended up decidedly similar to Johnny Depp. Think The Man Who Cried.
When I sat down to flesh out the rough draft that would become Journey of Wisdom, I really missed Mohan. I thought I’d bring him back for maybe one scene. He wouldn’t leave. His presence not only shaped Journey of Wisdom, but the entire series into avenues I didn’t expect. And for the better.
Mohan is one of the leaders of the Benai, roving entertainers who are known for their slippery morals and quick hands. Ilythra meets him as he’s trying to steal her horse, but for a good cause of course.
In a word, he’s a thief, pickpocket and womanizer. So what do I love about Mohan? His witty banter? Suave good looks? Skill with a blade? His sex appeal? Yes all of that, but more. His heart is what sets him aside. He would die for Ilythra, and almost does. His belief in her and what she stands for is without, well, almost without fail. Mohan is, after all, human, and because of this, he does have a few faults. Ilythra wouldn’t be the same Ilythra without Mohan. Their relationship isn’t always smooth. But then with two strong personalities, relationships seldom are. But there is a friendship there you can feel. Besides Ilythra, if I could have one other character at my back, it would be Mohan hands down.
Here’s an small taste of Mohan from Journey of Wisdom:
“Can you climb?” Ilythra asked.
“I am a man of many talents. Most of which are sadly going unused.” He raised an eyebrow. “After you, my lady.”
Flipping on her stomach, Ilythra lowered herself down the rock wall. She found a toehold and, trusting her sense of touch, slowly made her way down until she could jump onto solid ground.
Mohan casually leaned against the wall on the road next to her. His lithe body relaxed as though he were standing surrounded by his troupe.
How had he beaten her down? “What are you doing?” Ilythra brushed the dust off her leggings.
“I was enjoying the view.” He winked.
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