How many is too many characters?

Some authors believe in very few characters, and some believe in having a sea of them, so far and wide-reaching that you lose track of who was literally just speaking.

I’m a fan of having a fewer number of characters. It lets you deeply develop each one, giving insight into their reasoning and decision-making throughout the story. Too many characters can oversaturate a book and leave the reader confused.

However, I’ve been adding as I go!

In the first book, Beyond the Shadows, I had five characters: two main characters (protagonists), two side characters – a man and a woman, and my evil antagonist. In my second book, SpellCast from Darkness, I kept my two main characters and two side characters, but I added in two more side characters, a whopping four antagonists, plus a final mystery character!

It was so much fun to continue developing my original characters while adding new ones to play with. Plus the main characters were so well-developed, it made it easy to remember their reasons for why they did the things they did. This gave up room for new characters to be created and nurtured into existence.

Now that I’m started on book three, Against the Coming Dark, I’m finding even more characters that I want to join the rest. My two main characters will of course be in it, and the original two side characters will make their entrance into the story a bit later, but this is where it gets interesting! My mystery character will be fully fleshed out, there will be three more vampires, plus a fortune-teller and an FBI agent. They are all integral to the story, and hopefully you’ll love them.

Intrigued yet? I can’t wait to share more with you as it comes along!


Published by Shanna Robillard

Wife to a northern man, mother to a four-legged beastie, and a lover of crystals and gems, vampires, fantasy, and creating stories! Shanna Robillard is the author of Beyond the Shadows, SpellCast from Darkness, and Against the Coming Dark (the Beyond the Shadows trilogy), as well as A Tale by Moonlight and The Seven Lives of May Levesque.

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