Hi all–happy Thursday! Can you believe July is almost over? Fall will be here before we know it. Today we’re talking about secondary characters in small towns. All small towns (in fictional stories–and maybe real ones, too!) have these characters. They take on different genders, characteristics and are as unique as each story, but sometimes the roles they play are quite similar. Let’s talk about a couple of them and decide which are our favorites!
The Matchmaker: So the matchmaker can be anyone. Grandma type, Grandpa type, best friends, parents, siblings. Honestly there’s no end to who could have this fabulous role. Maybe even the town hairdresser. Personally, I love the matchmaker. They’re unselfish, they care about others and most of all they believe in true love!
The Busybody: We tend to think of the busybody being a woman. Not sure why. But I guess that’s how it goes. This person always have to have their nose in everyone’s business. Normally, they aren’t trying to be helpful, just nosy. The busybody can cause tremendous trouble in our towns and that’s why we love her! How many messes would our hero and heroines miss out on if we didn’t have a busybody?
The Widow/Widower: These are the older folks that comfort people and are tremendously helpful in giving advice, (good advice) being mentors and just all around peacemakers. We want to see these people find their own true love. Sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t. Regardless, they are the calm amidst the storms.
The Business Owner: Personally I love it when the business owners own coffee shops or sweet shops. Oh, and bookstores! These can be established people in the town, or newcomers who are trying to make their business work. Either way, they add a stability factor for our small towns.
The Best Friend: Whether male or female, we love our best friends. They give us someone to bounce idea off of, they comfort us, agree with us, help us to make hard decisions and are there when we need them. And best friends? Well, if they’re single, they make great heros or heroines for our next book in the series.
So what do you think? Do you see a favorite small town secondary character you love? I know there are more, but I thought I’d highlight these. This is one of my favorite parts of building small towns, but it’s also the part I struggle with the most, if I’m honest. I tend to be hero/heroine focused, so I have to make a conscious effort to make sure my small towns are well rounded. The people add so much, then if there is a series we get to see some of these characters more than once.
Who is your favorite character from the list above? Or, hey, it doesn’t have to be from the list if you have another one, we’d love to hear about them!