Character Study: Ophelia


While writing my upcoming novel Ghoul, I created a character designed to serve the function of a ‘talking head’ aka someone for Mya, the protagonist, to bounce ideas off. However, I understand talking heads are bad, they result in clunky dialogue that’s obviously just exposition in the form of dialogue. So, with that in mind I tried to turn my talking head into a semi-developed character with her own goals and motivations.

I made this character a Sphinx. I’ve always been fond of a bit of Egyptian mythology, as those who read Amenti will have noticed, and it didn’t take me long to decide where in London my Sphinx would live. She promptly moved into the Egyptian walk of Highgate Cemetery.

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Homecoming: Free Snippet

Homecoming Chapter One

I’ve sat alone at lunch for the last four years.

The school cafeteria was filling up steadily as the smell of burnt lasagne and chips filtered out into the hallways. I looked down at my sandwiches, they were small and unexciting, but the sad faces of those shuffling away from the dank service window made me smirk in relief. The volume in the cafeteria was steadily rising, the lunch queue was almost to the door as more and more students filtered in. I smiled content in the knowledge that even when the hall was full, it was unlikely I would be forced to share my small table.

So when Richard slammed his tray down next to me, I flinched and dropped my sandwich. I frowned as he pulled out a chair and dropped into it. His cheeks were bright red, matching his t-shirt. He stared hard at his lasagne, making a point of not looking at me.

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