Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Let's Discuss: Tryk
We know Christopher can do obsessed scientist.
One of the pre-readers mentioned that Tryk seems expendable.
He isn't. In fact, he will continue into the sequels.
In Chest of Souls, he serves as the springboard from which historical lessons (and some off-the-wall humor) are launched.
I created Tryk because I got bored when Talon spent too much time with the Tybars. I wanted him to be with them just enough to understand how they worked together and have him pick up on the things Brenna didn't (or wouldn't) to set up further scenes.
He quickly became a favorite tool to use for setting up humor in adverse circumstances.
I needed a likable character that could teach Talon how to use his mind - an educated adult who understood what was really going on (past and present) and could give little snippets to help Talon and my readers comprehend how much more was going on than what a young boy could understand.
Hats off to Tryk - and to Christopher. One brings the other to life in my mind.