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On Why Bernie is Better than Maitrun…..

I wrote one character with the intent of making a love triangle for my
characters Rei and Bronx.  It really wasn’t much of one since Rei
wasn’t interested in Maitrun in the slightest.  I thought I could try
my hand at it but nope.  Big fat no.  Honestly, I will be putting
those two through enought so adding a third person to the relationship
felt like overkill.

But then what would I do with Maitrun?  I couldn’t get rid of him
completely because he actually plays a role in some of the story
linens, but I couldn’t figure out what more to do with him after the
first book.  Maitrun is not important enough to be a main character,
but he has a role to play.  I guess, in a way, he was just not a
character that I was that invested in.

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What was he like? Well, I tried to make him like Rayne Summers from
the online comic ‘Least I Could Do.’  I like that kind of crass humor
and even though he is a womanizer there is something about him that I
find loveable.  Unfortunately only Rayne can be Rayne.  I can’t
recreate that in a way that would work in my story…in fact I can’t
recreate Rayne at all.  It turned out pretty bad.  Then I thought back
to a similar character – Nichols from ‘Orange is the New Black.’

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She has a similar sense of humor and sometimes can be a little
offputting but she really cares about those close to her and always
makes the effort to show it.  Another similar character is Captain
Jack Harkness from Doctor Who/Torchwood.  See the pattern?  Granted
Nicky is a lesbian and Harkness is an omnisexual (he’ll have sex with
anything)  I loved how they stuck out in this world of straight heroes
and heroines.  Your sexual orientation is not a prerequisite for
heroics and overall badassery.  I know that they are both major flirts
but that’s because they just love to love.

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Then I also remembered this movement that has been gaining momentum
over the last several months: #weneeddiversebooks.  I have always
agreed with this statement long before the movement emerged.  In Book
of Tas’und’eash I made one of my heroes a Nigerian named Latif
because I didn’t want my heroes to be so white washed.  It’s not like
I meant for that to happen.  In fact, I don’t think most authors do
that.  But once I became aware, I decided to put changes where I
could.

So I came to the decision that Maitrun would now be a lesbian.
However, what would I call her?  I had been wanting to come up with a
cool badass chick called Bernadette only because I love nickname
Bernie for a girl.  Et voila! Bernie!

Suddenly this character had new life for me and I could come up with
more things for her.  I am very excited.  On the whole, integrating
Bernie more into the story will really be the only major change that I
have to tackle in Volocio.  But the payoff will be totally worth it.

What about you writers out there?  Have you tried to write a character
that’s outside the normal?

Until next time,

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