Vincent Jeffers

December 24, 2023

Do your characters continue their lives?

Dear Mr. Pinkwater,

Your books were a staple of my childhood:
Yobgorgle, Lizard Music, Fat Men from Space, and probably quite a few
others. I remember laughing at many of them, but Lizard Music always
made me feel a bit sad that the lizards parted ways with Victor at the

When you write a book, do your characters have lives outside
of that book’s pages? Sometimes, a book’s characters are done with their
stories on the last page, but several of your characters have such rich
backstories and amazing potential for future adventures that it seems
likely that they continue with their stories in books that may not have
been written yet. I hope that makes sense.

In any case, your works really meant something to me forty to forty-five years ago, and I continue to think of them even today.

Daniel replies:

Your question assumes I know what I'm doing. I'm not saying I don't. but I'm not saying I do either. Characters do show up in more than one book, and sometimes in my dreams. But do I have any control over the process, or am I even aware?