One character I have neglected to mention in most descriptions and character development essays is Peter. Peter is a ten year old orphan who relocated from France when he was only four years old. He has been raised by his older sister Molly who is a laborer in one of Roman Hatfield’s textile mills near Battersea. Peter and Molly live a modest lifestyle but in the first novel, much about Peter remains a mystery. He is precocious, perceptive and extremely sarcastic. He has a knack for solving puzzles and helps Henry quite a bit when it comes to solving mysteries on their quest for the Golden Pin.
Henry and Peter have a special relationship. Henry is an only child with the exception of his wretched stepbrother, August Turlington. Their dynamic is much like a big brother-little brother relationship. They bicker a bit but rely on each other for support. Peter does not attend school but is very well-read and possesses a maturity level beyond that of an average ten year old. He is a lover of adventure and, on the surface, appears quite fearless. He rarely lets his guard down but within his interactions with Henry, we see moments of honesty and vulnerability. Peter also helps to quell Henry’s insecurities and places him in the role of “responsible adult.” Responsibility is something Henry must grapple with as The Great Flyer. He has, in the absence of his father, created a new family with Peter, Finn, Dorian, Lucy and the other members of the Order. Tangent aside- that is a whole separate character profile.
Peter is the youngest of the characters, therefore, has the most room for growth. The Great Flyer treats Peter very superficially but as the series progresses, so will our understanding of who he is and what role he has to play in The Order of Flyer’s battle against Roman Hatfield and other villains who have yet to surface. His and Henry’s meeting seems random but was it? Why is it that Peter can see Jack when others cannot? Who is Peter and what happened to his family? Is he just a tagalong kid or is he part of some larger plan? There are a host of questions.
It pains me to have to hold back but nobody likes spoilers. The Search for the Sacred Heart, the second novel in the Flying Furniture Adventures series, is in preliminary stages of development and within its chapters, we will see much more of Peter and perhaps a few of those questions above will be answered.
I truly look forward to seeing how everything plays out. I strive to create characters that are robust and honest. I want readers to feel real emotions toward them; love, disgust, sympathy, etc… Are these characters thrown together by chance or is everyone of them connected somehow; cogs in a much larger machine?
Want a chance to find out? Become a backer for my Kickstarter campaign to publish The Adventures of the Flying Furniture: The Return of the Great Flyer. For only a $25 pledge, you can get your hands on a limited edition, Kickstarter only copy of the novel with bonus content like maps, clues, (Henry’s Father) Captain Jack Worthen’s journal entries and more! Help support the Flying Furniture and share our Kickstarter with friends. Follow the link below to view the campaign in full.