Writerly Navel-Gazing ~ Week 5: Question 5

Part of the 30 Week Writing Challenge. Click here to view all questions.

4. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about youngest and oldest in terms of when you created them?

In terms of actual age, Melora is the youngest. She is just 15 years old at the start of the Part One. The oldest character in The Mayor is Old Dickie (the clue is in the name!) who is in his 60s. He is a major character introduced in Part Two.

In terms of when I created my characters, Kale came first and is therefore the oldest. He strode straight into my head one day whilst I was listening to ‘The Mayor’ by Rasputina: “All we saw was a mystery of a blonde haired boy who brought his mother joy with his pedigree and family tree”. Kale’s actual age is a deliberate mystery, even to me. My newest character is a woman named Liz Moore (actual age, 30). At the time of writing she is barely 4 months old! I shall talk some more about her in Week 19…


S.E. Berrow


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