The Character challenge

Sarah, curse, bless her now, with your fierce tears I pray, laid this upon me. And WordPress ate the first attempt. I hope it has indigestion, heartburn, and the runs.
1.) What is the name of your character?
Gollum, Gollum…. The hard questions first. Always the hard questions first. Like those tricksy exams ‘Write your name here.’ Why do they want to know? And how do you expect me to remember guff like that? My mind is too highly trained for it. Hmph. I shall write of one of my favorite characters, Bolg, P.I.

2.) Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Both, of course. Well, historical and fictional. He is definitely male, and has been for 1800 years. None of this he/she nonsense for Bolg. He’s seen these fads come and go, and has no patience with them. He’s a Pict. He’s also a dwarf -as in having the medical/genetic condition which makes you taller than him. He does not take well to being called vertically challenged or any of these other stupid PC euphemisms. He’s quite accustomed to establishing respect, and he has a 9mm argument which prejudices find most convincing. Oh and he’s a person of color. That color happens to be blue, and tattooed onto his skin. You have problem with that? Did I mention his little argument? He has been known to help problems out of a disagreeable individual’s far ear.

3.) When and where is the story set?

As it is urban fantasy, the story is set in the small city of Urban, in flyover country. It’s a place with far too high a population of fairies, witches, werewolves, trolls and other magical creatures, at least from Bolg’s perspective. He barely tolerates one, and that one is Fintan Mac Bochra, who is either an ancient sorcerer or a theoretical physicist. Probably both, and definitely older than dirt, which the old reprobate usually has a lot of about him. As to when, somewhere in n-dimensional space it is happening right now.

4.) What should we know about him/her?

As little as possible. When you have put off dying for 1800 years, you’ve also learned that attracting attention to this fact always causes problems. And anyway, as a Private Investigator he knows that being unobtrusive is important. In the centuries that have passed since he never got around to dying, Bolg has done most things, especially the ones that keep people a long way off. Work with sewers has that advantage, and he’s done a fair amount of it, even if it does smell. He’s even done some Kinging, but like most forms of politics the stench of that was quite nauseating. Maybe you need to know he likes very strong coffee, but that did not stunt his growth.

5.) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Clients. Or the lack there of. Being four foot nothing and blue seems to put them off, except for the paranormal ones, which he’d rather avoid. Alas, it’s them or nothing, and the problem in the first Bolg tale is a wealthy client who wants to dance with the fairies. Now most Private Investigators would put that down to yet another loony client. Bolg does too, but that’s because he knows the fairies. He knows that no one in their right mind has anything to do with a species that everyone is most carefully polite about, for good reason. You wouldn’t want the murderous, thieving nasty little creeps to take offense, or even notice you, if you can help it.

6.) What is the personal goal of the character?

Staying alive, and getting paid. It’s a noble goal, one shared with Bolg by many nobles. He’s long since given up on character growth. He last did any growth about 1690 years ago, and it’s not likely he’ll start again.

7.) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

Bolg, P.I.: Away with the Fairies is the first one – it’s a novella. There are another two. I plan to write up some more of his case-files, and spin
them into a book. When I get around to it, in that ample spare time WordPress doesn’t eat.

8.) When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?
Last year some time. I do a lot of books and stories. Heaven knows when the next will get there.Tell me you love it, and it might be sooner.

And I’m tagging Peter Grant – Peter is not very good at singing his own praises, so I will – He writes some very fine Mil SF and will be a big name, one of these days, and long after I am forgotten. I can recommend his latest book, War To The Knife (Laredo War Trilogy Book 1)

Peter Grant was born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa. Between military service, the IT industry and humanitarian involvement, he traveled throughout sub-Saharan Africa before being ordained as a pastor. He later immigrated to the USA, where he worked as a pastor and prison chaplain until an injury forced his retirement. He is now a full-time writer, and married to a pilot from Alaska. They currently live in Tennessee.

See all of Peter’s books at his author page, or visit him at his blog, Bayou Renaissance Man, where you can also sign up for his mailing list to receive a monthly newsletter and be kept informed of upcoming books.


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5 responses to “The Character challenge

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  3. masgramondou

    Wants more Bolg

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