When writing Locked Up, Charlie developed pretty quickly, and soon after I had Teddington too. But it’s a rare book indeed that survives on just two characters. Even when you only actually see two, others tend to get referenced.
And since my book is set in an overcrowded prison, I needed lots of characters and I had to know who each of them were. Some I knew better than others, and some became friends faster than I was expecting.
When I started writing the whole book was to be carried by Charlie; that he would do all the leg work, find out everything. But the reality of any real investigation is that it is a team effort and Charlie really wasn’t at liberty to go far.
Of course, Teddington was the obvious choice to assist, but even she was limited by her knowledge (or rather lack of) investigative practices.
Besides, there was Piper. DCI Piper was always going to be in the book, because procedural checks told me that the police would look into a murder inside a prison. Originally that was all he was going to do. Turn up and allow a whitewash.