I have been invited by JC Mells to participate in this blog tour, discussing a character from a work in progress or recently published work.
JC is the author of the Pierced Series.
Do check out her blog to learn about her characters and those of the other authors involved. This is going to be an ongoing blog tour so follow the chain to find some wonderful new friends.
Here are the questions to answer about a main character from a WIP (work in progress) or recently published work:
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
The main character of my current Work in Progress is Mirandra Var, she is a female troll, and daughter of the shaman. I guess that makes her a troll princess. Troll society is matriarchal so the women are in charge. She is, of course, fictional.
2) When and where is the story set?
The novels are all set in the fictional fantasy world of Erana, which is a medieval-style world, loosely based on Europe at the time. In the context of the books this is set roughly 18-24 months after the events of book I and several months after the events of book II.
3) What should we know about him/her?
Mirandra is a half-troll. Although to all intents and purposes she counts as a full-blood troll. As I said the Trollkind are matrilineal so it would be her mother’s line which is important. Mirandra is the daughter of the Shaman, Kherak, and her father is Lord Archos, Magelord of Tremellic, although this only comes to light in book II. She is young for a troll, about thirty one or so, when she leaves for her adventure – her Proving. Trolls are generally attractive, intelligent and cultured, unlike most of that race portrayed elsewhere. She is clever, brave, but she has doubts and fears like everyone else and this book is about her, her journey and what it means to be a Shaman.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Mirandra is heir to her mother, but in order to rule she must undergo a Proving – a test or series of tests to prove she is worthy. These tend to be different for every Shamania – the heir apparent – and each one carries substantial risk. One of her ancestors was crippled and another died during the Proving. There is more to the adventure – some kin in the far hills are missing and Mirandra must discover what has become of her distant cousins. Not only that but they encounter unexpected hostility from the locals, creatures which should not exist and far more questions than answers. What is discovered and what is lost will be important in later books and the overarching plot of the series.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
To survive her Proving, to find her kin, to lead her people wisely in the upheaval to come.
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The Stolen Tower.
At present there is not much about that book on my blog but the series is listed. Once the first draft is finished I will post up a lot more.
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
By the end of 2014.
Here are my quick links.
Bio: A.L Butcher is the British author of fantasy series The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles in which “a beautiful young elven sorceress flees for her life in a dark world where magic is forbidden and elves live as slaves.” Her books have been described as: “Dark” and “gritty” and that “The story is very much a romance at heart, with plenty of steamy graphic sex to keep erotica fans happy.” She also has several short stories published in fantasy and romance anthologies.
Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Alexandra-Butcher/e/B008BQFCC6/
Here are some examples of some participants who have already posted.
D. A. Rhine, author of Vampires of the Chesapeake, asked me to participate in this “Meet My Character Blog Tour”. Her books take place in the Chesapeake Bay area and each novel features a different vampire with a unique challenge and a new steamy relationship.
Here are the authors I am tagging:
Laurel A. Rockefeller, historian and author of the medieval sci-fi series the Peers of Beinan and the Legendary Women of World History series. She also writes for Yahoo Voices on a range of topics.
Website/Blog/Author pages etc:
N. R Champagne
N. R. Champagne joined the U.S. Navy at age 25 and has been something of a gypsy since. She currently lives in Scotland with her husband and no kids, dogs, cats, or birds. She has always loved fantasy and science fiction and has been scribbling story ideas since childhood, but only now, at the midpoint of her life, has decided to become an author. Her first book, Prodigal Angel, is a paranormal romantic adventure about a woman who falls in love with a powerful immortal who is a descendant of the fallen angels, and all of the trouble it lands her in!
Facebook: N.R. Champagne
Dina Von Lowenkraft
Born in the US, Dina has lived on 4 continents, worked as a graphic
artist for television and as a consultant in the fashion industry.
Somewhere between New York and Paris she picked up an MBA and a black
belt – and still thinks the two are connected. Dina is currently the
Regional Advisor for SCBWI Belgium, where she lives with her husband,
two children, three horses and a cat.
goodreads book page: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18043583-dragon-fire
Elizabeth Los, author of the Captain Hook Story Second on the Right