Now that I haven’t been living in Indianapolis for a while my perspective of it has changed. I am looking forward to returning there this year – whether for good or for a few weeks of a visit is not clear at this writing…You may have heard the dictum to writers to write what they know.
Indianapolis is bigger city than most people live in. In terms of size it is so big that it is really is a big city. For those used to the giant cities – I tend to use the comic book term Megalopolis, Indianapolis is not on the same scale. It is one of the biggest of the way smaller cities in the world.
Most people know Indy for the Indy 500. Authors may be challenged here because they often think Indy means ‘independent book store, or publisher or independent publishing’ . Indy is the short nickname for Indianapolis. The city has two other main terms of endearment, so to speak: the old one is Nap Town, and it is also called the Circle City “Crossroads of the Midwest”. For those on the Coasts, that may not mean much, but for those who do live in vast expanses of the Midwest, Indy’s ability to move goods is so important that there is a statue of Mercury – in his role as a the god of trade, rising up in Monument Circle of a well kept, stylish downtown central circle.
Indianapolis is ‘diverse’. More than 15% of the population is African-American and the Black History Museum is so cherished that even Presidents have traveled to Indy to visit it. The majority population is some type of Caucasian with the ethnic Germans with the ethnic Irish, and ethnic Mexican being other fairly common ethnic groups. There are also people from India, and many other parts of the world.
Given the true nature of the city, the characters in The Double Life of Tutweiler Buckhead are not all the same class or race or in the exact same line of work. None of the characters are cheap imitations of living people. I know that may sound trite, but sometimes authors do use one real person heavily in a fiction character. I usually don’t. Most of my characters are like 4 real people and one or two other fictional characters invented by other real people mixed into a new and unique blend. Every reader probably does know someone who shares at least one or two traits of each character and no one is like any of them – in that respect it is similar to real life.
The Mayor is young, the Sheriff is a big “black” man who’s first name is Master, the Priest is young and blonde, and the lawyer is the team leader and an occultist. There are a few important women in the story but I’ll share more about that another time.