So, as I sit down to write my novel, my brain automatically makes an excuse because of which, instead of typing it out, I'm here, posting a query. Real sly of you, brain. Anyhow, the query is legit; in my novel (some of you may already know this) the narrator/protagonist is a male detective whose partner is Gonzales. Gonzales who, you ask? Well, that's the thing; I'm not sure if Gonzales is a female or a male. I just know that Gonzales is my protagonist's friend and confidant, who acts as the supporting character, and allows the protagonist to talk to someone besides us. And here is where I'm stuck, because unless I know his/her gender I can't really proceed. Hard to imagine a Gonzales, who is Mexican in my book, and not affected by gender roles. So, tell me--how does a male/female gender affect the development of this character? If it's a female would readers be expecting some romantic interest (as I don't intend to show any)? Is a male partner too mainstream? Have at it.