Monday, September 22, 2014

Meet the Character Blog Hop

I have been tagged in a blog hop called, “Meet the Character” by an amazing author and wonderful person, M Todd Gallowglas. He's posted about some of his characters, and I highly recommend popping over there and reading that as well. For my part, I will feature a character from my Kingdoms Gone series who has been, up until this point, cast as the villain, but who just got his own hour in the spotlight in my latest book, Blame the Bearer. 

For "villains" everywhere.

1.What is the name of your character?

Vane, just Vane. He most likely had a last name at some point, but he doesn't like to use it. Gangs don't encourage using real names anyway. Too sloppy. According to his father, Vane is the heir to the fallen kingdom of Canton. No proof of this exists at this time.

2. Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Yes. A fictional historical person. But mostly fictional.

3. When and where is the story set?

Blame the Bearer takes place immediately after the end of Horded. It begins in a region that used to be the Kingdom of Gault, and moves from Glade across the Southern Sea to a magical island out of prophecy.

4. What should we know about him/her?

Vane's father was the town drunk. He grew up under the weight of his Dad's boasting about their royal lineage...which was laughed off by the rest of the town. After his father's death, Vane joins the Starlight gang and works his way up to a leadership position. He is slick, smart, and out for his own interests. Self preservation is his strongest skill.

5. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Things go wrong when a gargoyle drops him on an island with a castle that isn't supposed to exist. Vane learns he is "the Bearer" and must search for the Heir to the Kingdoms. He'd much rather seize that title himself, but the castle will only hand over the throne once the Heir has been returned.

6. What is the personal goal of the character?

To return with the Heir, and then kill them or trick them out of the throne.

7. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

Blame the Bearer is the title. The book is number four in the Kingdoms Gone series and the website for all the books is at:

8. When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?

The book is in edits and should be out soon. I had hopes for October, but if that deadline passes, it will most likely be available around the holidays.

Well, now that you've met Vane, I have to say, he isn't exactly what you'd expect from a villain. Most of this redeeming traits are dredged up by his experiences in the story, in particular dealing with his counterpart, the heroine of the tale. 
She isn't quite what you'd expect from a heroine either. But I'll leave Lidya for another post. 

For now, I’m going to tag: S. Evan Townsend, Voss Foster and Michael Baker. I can’t promise they will play along, but I hope they will.


S. Evan Townsend said...

Oh, yeah, I'll play . . . probably tomorrow ;-)

Frances Pauli said...

Cool! I can't wait to see it. Make sure to put a link here too so we can come read it. :)