Writing The Tiger Queens has presented me with a new and unexpected quandary: too many characters. 

And I’m talking waaay too many characters. 

Granted, there was a fair bit of information on Theodora’s family and friends from Procopius’ The Secret History which allowed me to cherry pick which people I wanted to focus on. And we have fairly decent records from Hatshepsut’s reign that filled in my character list quite nicely. 

However, there’s this lovely little tome on Genghis Khan’s reign (coincidentally, it too is called The Secret History), but it has a cast list that would make Proust shudder.* Genghis had a good-sized family, several wives, lots of kids, and even more enemies.

So now the quandary: Who to cut?

Let’s just say that many characters this weekend have been assimilated. (I’ve tried to give them clean deaths). Many have been reabsorbed into other characters. At this point I’m not sure if I’ve got Borg or multi-headed hydras in my manuscript. 

*Proust’s In Search of Lost Time has over 2,000 characters. I might have been exaggerating here, but you get the point.