It’s not that I’m sick of Radovan and the Count—far from it—but I often want to feature other characters in short fiction.
After Prince of Wolves, I pitched a novel featuring Azra, the mute “witch” the boys meet in Ustalav. (Paizo weren’t keen on the idea at the time.) I pitched Master of Devils instead, and since then it’s been all the boys all the time. Sometimes I considered featuring a different character in web fiction, but since that’s really marketing for the next book featuring the boys—and since often it’d kill the suspense to reveal a character’s true nature before the novel begins—I’ve always featured one or both of them.
What’s your feeling? Do you prefer stories featuring Radovan and/or the Count? Or would you like to see what’s happening with some of the other characters they’ve met (or may meet)? Do you enjoy the web stories set in “the past” or prefer those focused on what happens next chronologically? What elements of the novels (action, horror, mystery, humor, and so on) do you most like to see emphasized in the short fiction?
Please keep your suggestions as broad as possible. “Write a story where Azra and Kemeili team up to fight Razmiran cultists” pretty much ensures I’ll never write that story, but “I’d like to see more of the boys in Egorian” or “stories that show Radovan’s criminal past” or “something else with Blackjack” are useful suggestions.