This week I started work on Golden Triangle, which I hope will become Book 2 of my Wild Times series. Its interwoven storylines are stretching their legs in my mind and I’ve reached the characterisation stage, meeting some brand new people and digging deeper into some secondary ones from Quarter Square.
(Which is scheduled for release 27th June 2011 from Carina Press, fact fans. Edits are complete and I’ll share the cover art with you as soon as I get it.)
One of these characters is a wizard who appeared as a powerful and dangerous figure near the end of Quarter Square. In Golden Triangle we’ll get to know this bloke a lot better, and it’s him I was working on until late last night.
So it’s hardly surprising that this morning I find myself considering wizards in books and films.
Aside: You know, I can think of lots of witches in urban fantasy. Witches galore and many of them excellent. Not many wizards though. They’re there by the lorryload in the wider fantasy world, but not so thick on the ground in UF. There’s Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files, Stacia Kane’s Downside Series, and… Help me out here?
Also unsurprising is that I appreciate a nice bit of ambivalence in a strong character. “Good” guys with a significant side of bad to them, say, rather than Hogwarts stuff. Not that I have anything against Harry Potter. I enjoyed the films. But while comparing wizards with the complicated man I’m creating, I want something darker.
Golden Triangle will feature my characters living in the world I’ve built, so I won’t be copying my favourite movie wizard onto the page. But there’s a delicious aura of danger, vengeance, hardbitten and well-hidden humour, deep pain and borderline insanity about him that I’ll bear in mind while I work.
It’s Nicol Williamson, playing Merlin in John Boorman’s Excalibur.
Let’s be having you, then. Who is your favourite wizard?