In keeping with this week’s focus on picture books, I thought I’d share a drawing for Fiction Friday. I never claimed to be a great artist, but every so often–usually when I’m having writer’s block–I’ll turn my hand towards drawing instead of writing for a little while. I still think in terms of stories, so most of the time my drawings will still end up being of characters or some kind of story in themselves.
One of my favorite and by far most complicated drawings is a scene I did of the main characters from each of my major stories hanging out together. If you click, you can see it larger.
The setting is The Nightingale, an inn which features in The People the Fairies Forget.
Starting from the far left, we have Erik, the Phantom of the Opera, playing the piano. With him is Meg Giry, who has a small role in Leroux’s Phantom, a larger role in Webber’s, and a lead role in my Phantom story.
Behind the counter are Catherine and Anthony, major characters in the later part of The People the Fairies Forget. Catherine gets into trouble when Cinderella’s shoe fits her. When not dealing with problems like that, they run The Nightingale
Floating in midair in front of the counter is my fairy, Tarragon. Tarry is magically repairing the eggs which were broken by Sam Jones, who tripped and fell across the floor. Jones could be from any of these stories; he has at least a cameo in all of them, and is apt to trip in all of them too.
Sitting at the back table are Dr. McCoy, Captain Kirk, and Mr. Spock, who beamed down from the Enterprise.
At the other table we have Captain Red Ballantyne with his feet up on an adjoining chair, deep in conversation with Captain Jack Sparrow. Tamara, who comes from the same story as Red, is sitting by the table chatting with Rodney the squirrel, who Jack met in my Pirates of the Caribbean story. Red’s Girl isn’t a fantasy, but if I’m going to stretch things to bring all of these people together, I decided Tam could talk to Rodney.
If you’re curious about the little details, the pictures on the back wall are, from left, a nightingale, a cornfield, a sailing ship, the Paris Opera House, and the Starship Enterprise.
I find that when I spend a lot of time writing about characters, they stay in my head in a way that no other characters do. So in a way, it makes perfect sense to think about them spending time together. And it’s fun to imagine how they would interact.
If you could bring characters from any fictional source together to hang out for the evening, who would you choose?