Where did he come from?

Once again a totally unexpected character has launched himself into the novel I’m writing. Although I haven’t written out a plan – that’s not the way I write, I do have an idea of where my story, Magick is going. Magick is a sequel to my genealogical mystery Radwinter, about a family’s attempts to find out more about their ancestry and where they came from. Radwinter is their paternal name, and Magick is their maternal side of the family.

Although the main theme is tracing back the family line through on-line genealogical sites and information, there are other story lines too. The main character Thomas is starting a new relationship so how this progresses is an important part of the story-line. As well as finding where the Magick family came from, there is also a mystery about his grandmother – why did she change her name? Why did she eschew her father’s name and take that of her grandparents?

Thomas has been asked by a friend to find her missing daughter, and that is the third thread of the narrative. There are other themes, bullying, homelessness, school reunions… all weaving in and out of the main line…

Suddenly in lurches Teddy. Teddy is the father of Thomas’s new partner’s child… what? Why is he here? He is supposed to be back in Tobago. He is supposed to be a twenty something lad, not a forty something musician with a wife and family…

This is what happens when I write; new characters appear almost without invitation, and I never know quite what they are going to do or say, or where they are going to take the story. It will be interesting to see how this dilemma resolves itself, as Teddy wants to take his son back to Tobago with him… and Thomas and the boy’s mother want the child to stay with them!


  1. Victoria Davenport

    Love this! Isn’t it great (though annoying) how characters can just pop to life, with their own idea of the story? Even existing characters can have a way of stubbornly rewriting it their way. It’s great that your characters come to life this way though, whether you planned them or not. Usually the parts you didn’t plan, turn out the best πŸ™‚


    1. Lois

      You’e right, Victoria! In one novel i wrote, a casual dinner guest turned out to be the major character in the whole story… he was only invited to make up the numbers but he just took over!


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