Sometimes a character arrives fully formed in your mind. This was the case, for me, with Piccolo who arrived as I was writing the first chapter of Black Light, the first book in The Chronicles of Dekaydence. The moment I saw him, I knew Piccolo, his past and his future. He was a born musician; he was of mixed race. Abused as a child, he saw his mother and her boyfriend murder his adored dad who had given him a wooden piccolo. Piccolo didn't have to tell me anything because I knew already who and what he was. So I was delighted to open the door for him to Chapter 3, where he made his entrance.
Understandably, Piccolo enters as a loner. Later, much later, and again, understandably, he battles terrible depression. But he learns how to make connections, to live and work alongside others, and it's a delight to watch him develop in his music, and yes, nudge me into writing more lyrics for the Dekaydence songs. And, of course, it was a joy to write his part in the conclusion of the trilogy, The Chronicles of Dekaydence.
So, I say, thank you to you, Piccolo, because you've given so much to me and to others who look to make the world a better, kinder place. So, until we meet again...
© Susie Cornfield