Howdy, howdy! A friend recently tweeted about the fact that many writers have an idea of what the main characters in their WIPs look like and he asked for pictures or GIFs. It made me realize that out of all my stories (shorts, novellas, and novels), I had only come up with character images for one story. My supernatural/paranormal cozy mystery characters all have pictures associated with them, which I would reference as I was writing the first draft because the cast is large enough that I needed reminders. Now, that novel is tucked away until I finish revising another one, but I thought I would introduce you to its main cast of characters. First up, the protagonist: Lucynda “Cyn” Moseman.
Lucynda (30) is the owner of Dreamscapes, Dallas’s first and only host club. It was always her dream to own some kind of club, but she never expected it to be one where most of the employees were vampires. Thanks to her prolonged exposure to her number one host and roomie, Jyou, she’s not particularly susceptible to certain charms the vampires use to get their way. And she’s not afraid to remind them of the rules everyone agreed upon when they came to work for her, the most important of which is “no biting the customers.”
Originally from Marfa, Cyn got out of there as fast as she could when she turned 18. She keeps her past to herself. So much so that even Jyou only knows bits and pieces. However, her bestie, Cerise “Cherry” Wapachee, grew up with her and followed Cyn all the way to Dallas (not that she’d ever admit that was the reason). Their friendship is the only non-familial connection to Marfa that Cyn maintains.
Quiet, sarcastic, and a natural people reader are some of the best ways to describe Cyn. She has a weird ability to pair new guests with their ideal hosts and she’s an outgoing, friendly face that helps club customers feel at home. But outside the club, Cyn likes to mind her own business and keep to herself, which makes being dragged into a murder investigation pretty damn awkward. She’s a reluctant participant who winds up getting deeper and deeper into the investigation, but she doesn’t let her trepidation stop her from rising to the challenge no matter how badly she thinks it will end.
That’s Lucynda Moseman at the moment. Do you have any characters you would like to introduce to me? Are you the type who gathers images and creates character sheets to get to know your characters? Or do you just wing it like I usually do and hope they seem like real people? Feel free to share any tips about character development, characters, or general comments here or on my social media pages! Come back next week to meet Detective Alexsandro Reyes.