This is another “nomination” I received this last week, but from another source with mostly bookish purposes meant for everyone to enjoy. Blondeusk at BlondeWriteMore actually asked me to participate along with her and some other very amazing people! I’m really quite surprised, and I feel like that tiny gray fish that was offered one of the rainbow fish’s scales. It’s a special gift from a new friend and I feel “pretty” special! 😉 Click on her blog title, above, and it will take you to Miss Blonde’s Character meet-up. You’ll be intrigued, just like me.
She’s got a very amusing way of writing and her blog is sure to make you smile as well as nod your head in agreement, if not laugh out loud. She’s also got great quotes to enjoy. Just go and start randomly reading her blog entries. Enough said!
Now to answer the questions as best I can about my (…shoot, how many words is it right now? long…pretty long…Oh, found it! 95,000+) YA fantasy fiction novel:
1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
My character is Caitlyn (and though I’ve been advised the name may not fit, I cannot picture her as anything else….*sigh*), and she is, in fact, firmly fictional.
2. When and where is the story set?
The story is set in a fantasy land that could be pictured as similar to Washington….a continent that is diverse in landscape ranging from rain forests, to high mountain peaks, to winding rivers, to high plains, and deserts. The time is closely related to what we might call medieval.
3. What should we know about him/her?
Caitlyn is a princess, betrothed but not unhappy about it any more. Of course, she was thirteen when she threw a fit over the betrothal. But, we have to give her some grace, since at that age, the idea of marriage was not even on her radar. At the time it hadn’t really mattered who he was or if she could like him. She’s sweet, kind, stubborn, pretty, but all of her real beauty is what radiates from the inside. That’s what makes her attractive to most people. Sometimes, though, I wonder if the story is not really more about her betrothed. He’s a catch, if I do say so myself. 😉
4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Some people are just never satisfied. Sometimes they want something at the cost of another person’s life. The main conflict is centered on greed and self-gratification. The conflict comes when the most precious part of Caitlyn is stolen and in so doing, ruins her future with her betrothed and also puts the united realms at risk.
5. What is the personal goal of the character?
Her goal becomes intertwined in the goal of her betrothed as they rush headlong into unknown dangers to get back what was stolen before time runs out.
6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
I’m very satisfied with the title I’ve chosen: The Beauty Thief. This blog is the best place to read more about it or at least how things are coming along with it. Possibly another good place to keep updated about my book(s) is WritingRaci on facebook.
7. When can we expect the book to be published?
I hope to publish by next spring 2015.
My biggest fear in posting this blog is that I’m giving away too much of my story and a better writer will take my ideas, improve upon them, AND publish before I can…No one reading this is cruel enough to do that, though, so it’s really a silly fear. Right? I sometimes wonder if I’m the only one with such hesitations or if it’s a too big ego speaking which I need to rein in. haha
Now, for my lovely fellow writers!
J.A. Merkel is writing YA speculative fiction and over the course of the few months I’ve had the pleasure of getting to know this fine friend, I’ve received plenty of encouragement and advice. He’s much further along in the process of writing/editing/publishing/marketing than I am, so I take his words seriously but not too seriously, because that just wouldn’t be like me I suppose. No, really, I do appreciate all the advice and knowledge he shares. I cannot wait to read his books! I was terribly disappointed that I have to wait. I am not good at waiting. (now you can go here to read HIS MMCBT post!)
Nicholas Hughes, I’ve messaged, asking him if he will share this journey with us, but I realize I’m crossing outside the wordpress lines. He’s my writing friend, though! He’s got a nice dry sense of humor and writes in a completely different genre than my own, so I think we’d all benefit from knowing more about him and his thrilling/mysterious work. 🙂 (now you can go here to read HIS MMCBT post!)
Miss Shian at WriteShianWrite is an author here on wordpress. I’ve also asked her to join in! She has already published her first book, In A Matter of Days, and is a woman who looks to find things to be thankful for every day. I can’t wait to hear her answers to the questions, too.
Andrew Toy at AdoptingJames is a published author of the book, The Man In the Box, and in addition to being a writer, he is also an independent editor, not to mention a foster dad. Neat man with a clever book idea. I look forward to reading The Man In the Box as well as whatever he may be writing at this very minute! He’s another one I asked to do this Meet My Character Blog Tour with me.
I know it was supposed to be three, but I’d like to hear from each of these authors and I think you would, too! It’s a diverse group and each one has influenced me on my writing journey.