Give your character a few friends as interesting as he is and as deep

I admit to wanting to kill Susan Silverman, Spenser's long-time girlfriend/lover/live-in companion. She is such a shallow bitch. I want to see him find a real woman, and I know he never will, and that's sad. Spenser's other main friend, Hawk, however, always interests me. He's always deeper than he seems, always knows more than you think he does, always surprises. Hawk is a great series character.

When you're developing your own series, give as much thought to the people your main character hangs out with and struggles with as you do to him. Don't just give them a hair color, and eye color, and an interesting twitch or two that they exhibit under pressure. Make them real.

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