William McGrath has such vibrant characters. He takes great pains to assure us that we have real, believable characters, not cookie cut-outs of one another. You can picture Daniel, a country boy of a noble house who would fee much more at home fishing or hunting than living in a palace, like his father, Argeus. His mother, more queenly perhaps because of her bloodline, yet bolstered by her faith in Yeshua. Master Moor, the man responsible for Daniel's training, his protector. An assassin turned family guardian. There is Simon, the priest, who seems like such a minor character until they set out for Logres. It is then we learn of his true worth. Perhaps one of the most intriguing characters is Princess Rachel, the Abramim, yet follower of Yeshua. Beautiful, gentle, kind, loving and with special gifts from the Creator.
The good guys aren't the only ones he's created that are realistic. There's Sargon, head of the Builder's Guild, ambitious, but a little overconfident. Sargon underestimates the power of his Illuminati allies. Then there's Aesculapius, "Master f the Great White Brotherhood, Greatest of the Round Table of Nine, Philosopher-King of Philosopher-Kings. High Priest f the Illuminati." This guy has all the charm of the Ebola Virus. Subtle as a sledge hammer he insists that Sargon do certain things as his part in connection with the covenant between the guild and the Illuminati. Sargon doesn't listen too kindly to advice, which brings us to the guy in the Builder's Guild who is trying to usurp the power of Sargon and yet remain an ally. We meet quite a cast of characters among the guild, but it's when we meet Ferragus, another of the guild who wishes to have Sargon's place among the guild. Then there is Prince Rosh, who by his own admission isn't a higher authority among the Illuminati, but is in fact the Illuminati itself. His word is law, his intentions evil, he imagines him a god with real powers.
Good or bad, creating characters that are realistic is a must for me, and many other writers, William McGrath included. I think about how this is just like God. Scripture refers to God as the Author. In several other places we learn about how God knew us before He created the heavens and the earth. Now isn't that how we write? I mean we create our characters first, get to know them, the start writing the story. It works that way, because the characters are now real and can tell us when we're doing something wrong. You try to do something with them outside of their character and they're quick to tell you about it. I think there's something to this spiritually speaking. God created all of us, knew us before He started working on the story of the human race. That means when we're getting down on ourselves or feel ashamed to pray because of something we've done we really aren't hiding anything from Him. He knew we'd do these things before the foundation of the world. He knew each lie we'd tell, each item we'd steal, every time we'd let our eyes and mind wander to places where it has no business. He knew all about that. So instead of getting down on yourself, rejoice in the grace God has shown you, and allowed you to come before Him because of the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Rejoice that now you can rejoice, even knowing you are unworthy of such a great love, because God has made you worthy in His One and Only Son. He is the Great Author. He knew His characters before He started writing our story, His story really. He knew about how some would reject Him, but had to continue to write the story to get to those who would receive Him, even you and me. I guess God's type of writing is what we would call "character-driven writing." And it's great to be blessed by Him to identify with His Authorship by being authors ourselves. What a tremendous blessing and gift this is.
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