Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!
Most of my major characters are minor characters who determined that they are just more important. Again using The Continent, I’ll look to Liv. Liv was supposed to be the sidekick, the cynical comic relief to the hero. The story moved from being a space opera to a more terrestrial setting, and Liv shoved his way into the view. Given his strong political views (and the suddenly political aspect of the novel), it made more sense that he was center of attention and the previous hero steps aside, becoming Liv’s support.
This change happened quite rapidly, when I first began drafting out the story (back when it was a little over influenced by Firefly) and Liv was determined to prove himself the hero.
Other jump to the center characters include Geoffrey, who went from being mystical helper to demanding that he have his own story. Well, he’s the central character to a story that doesn’t exist. Pity, I enjoy writing him.