2. I will give you a letter.
3. Think of 5 fictional characters and post their names and your comments on these characters in your LJ.
Marina hit me with B. I'm gonna take it one step further and only do characters I've actually written. In no particular order.....
1. B'Oraq (Star Trek novels). I'm quite proud of this character, whom I also created. She's a Klingon woman who's singlehandedly trying to improve the state of Klingon medicine, a crusade she began by attending medical school in the Federation. Her development has been great fun to write -- and, I hope, to read. She also surprised me, as I didn't realize she and Klag were destined to become a couple until I started writing their first sex scene. *laughs*
2. Buffy Summers (Buffy the Vampire Slayer). One of the things that always appealed to me about Buffy is that she is the type of hero I prefer: the type who doesn't particularly want to be a hero, would have a much happier life if she wasn't a hero, but when it counts she always antes up and kicks in. On top of that, she has great wisecracks. She's basically a short blonde Spider-Man, and Spidey was always my favorite...
3. President Nan Bacco (Star Trek novels). One of my proudest contributions to the Star Trek franchise, not least because Trek had never given us a Federation president who wasn't male. (Of all the presidents that have ever been established in print or onscreen, the only women are the ones I came up with. Yes, this is appalling.) Bacco is also a tribute to my late great grandmother, Grazia Silverio DeBacco, whom I called Nana. I also have to give props to David Mack, who wrote Madam President perfectly in the Destiny trilogy, as you all will see soon.
4. Stella Bonasera (CSI: NY). You'll always win with me if you create a sassy Mediterranean New Yorker, so I was hooked on Stella from the git-go. Giving her a taste for cannoli in Four Walls was very enjoyable, and I think I honestly had more fun in her head than any of the other regulars (except maybe Flack).
5. Beka Valentine (Gene Roddenberry's Andromeda). I'm also a sucker for tough women with troubled pasts that they manage to (sometimes) overcome: Kira Nerys, Susan Ivanova, Aeryn Sun, Xena, and yes, Beka. For all that half the book was devoted to Tyr's plot, I always pictured Destruction of Illusions as Beka's book, and I honestly would much rather have seen the series starring her as the captain of a clapped out cargo ship. (Irony: I wrote DoI in summer 2002. After it was long finished, Firefly debuted, with a setup eerily similar to that of the Eureka Maru pre-Dylan Hunt. But by the time the book was released in early 2003, Firefly had been cancelled. Life is weird, sometimes.)