While I was writing Terminal Point, it didn't seem to matter that I didn't have a clue what Drune looked like. I knew his character, his likes, dislikes, what turned him on - and off - but apart from his scars, general appearance and one dark eye, I couldn't see his actual features.
At the time, the story progressed well enough without these details.The writing of Retribution, however, proved different. I found it increasingly difficult to write the character without a face to put with the actions. I tried visualising various actors as Drune, but that didn’t work - Jack Nicholson (too scary), Robert de Niro (double scary), Clint Eastwood (too wiry) … All 'old timers', I know; but younger actors, for me, don't seem to have the right 'feel' about them. So I decided to create Drune myself.
And here he is. Well, part of him, anyway. One dark eye and a black lens, that's as far as I've got. Now, all I have to do is draw the rest of him. What do you think? Does it work for you?
I know the dangers of drawing your own characters. Readers form visual pictures very quickly. Stephen King's Dark Tower (one of my favourites) was tainted for me when I was confronted with an illustration of Roland wearing blue denim …The Roland I had imagined up to that point was nothing like the illustration, and would never have worn blue denim.
Now, when I choose a book to read I make sure there are no illustrations to put me off.Rest assured there will be no bad drawings in Retribution. This one is just for me - to help write the character a little better. I thought you might like to see it. If anyone has ideas as to how Drune should look, I would love to see them …