Alastair Savage

One thing I find very frustrating in fiction is the way that authors introduce minor characters. Often we are just given  a name and a rather sketchy description of the character’s role. In the worse cases, six or seven individuals are presented at once, as little more than a list of names. Then, after a cursory mention on one page, these minor characters crop up thirty pages later, and we’re expected to remember who they are. Personally, I get very frustrated when a character is introduced and we don’t know what they look like, their age or their clothing. If a character deserves a name, then surely we need to know something more about them?

I always try to give some visual guide to a character, and here is a scene from my second Siskin and Valderan novel, where our heroes encounter a group of Becklingberg soldiers for the first time…

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