Last week I announced that I will be taking the Theology Pub to a novel attempt for National Novel Writing Month in November. One of my concerns is how the characters will be changed and which ones will cross over and which ones will stay behind but also how they will be different. Setting may have some effect on this but for the most part I have been an author that would rather change the setting drastically than change the character or how I want the character to develop. I am a much more character driven author than a setting or even plot given author. That said I want a small-scale urban fantasy that is allegorical in its message but also has a realistic feel and grit to it that I like. What follows is the characters I think can make that transition the best.
1) The Bartender – I am pretty much going to keep his attitude and personality the same. The novel is going to be told exclusively from his point of view as well just like the pub. I am however going to explain his ability to put theology in a bottle with alchemy and him being a brew master and an alchemist.
2) Pint the Beagle – Pint simply is not replaceable and since his recent loss of being the most liked post on the blog, he is available for other appearances. I need not only comic relief but having the magic warning system in a dog is pretty cool in my mind.
3) Tequila – I am going to have only one barmaid in this novel. I think for what I want to do this will be OK. My main point in having her is going to be having that wise counselor for the bartender as well as a love interest. I am going to avoid some complications by making the bartender and her in the novel both single. I suppose that creates other complications but it will be fun.
4) Colonel Gin – I think though I am going to make the Colonel a colonel of intelligence for some unknown government bureau for some country. Maybe retired though.
5) Miss Wine – The Miss Scarlet of the pub will be the Miss Scarlet of my novel as well.
6) Naphtha – The dryad will be what gives the novel its more extreme magical quality and makes some of the fantasy part of the novel possible.
7) One of the Seven Deadly Sins – I actually think the main theme of the novel is to take on one of the deadly sins and it leaves it open for a sequel year after year for at least a while doing the others. I just haven’t decided which one to start with.
8) Sister Papoofnick – Self righteous as always and will make a good secondary antagonist.
I may include others as I see the need but these are the ones that are definitely coming along for the novel ride. I am looking at name changes. Nothing drastic but enough to make them unique for the novel. I don’t think Pint’s name will change though. I have never given the bartenders name so I will maintain that as well. The real issue now is how the setting and theme might affect things but that is the subject of next weeks post.
Blessings and Cheers!