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Reblog: Meet Jessica Gajda’s Main Character

originally posted at:

The “Meet My Main Character” Blog Tour

June 24, 2014
by JMGajda

Last week the amazing Weaver Grace was kind enough to ask me to participate in an interview where authors of works-in-progress discuss the main character of their historical fiction. While the book I’m writing isn’t strictly historical fiction per se (it’s a fantasy based on a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood), it’s based on 16th – 18th century Afro-Brazilian culture and late medieval English nunneries.

I’ve been researching extensively, reading scholarly works such as Eileen Power’s eye-opening ‪Medieval English Nunneries:‪ C.1275 to 1535 (available for free on Kindle), which dispels any notions of quiet-living, pious women. It must be remembered that many women of this period who ended up in convents were not necessarily there because they felt called to serve God, but often because they had no choice. Late Medieval English nunneries were sometimes used as dumping grounds for unmarriageable or unwanted females of the nobility and the upper class (untitled, rich merchants and such) . . .

1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Porcelana is my main character and she is fictional. She is an Afro-Brazilian albino who’s been hand-picked to train to become one of the warrior/nuns of Convento do Pano Vermelho (The Convent of the Red Cloth), the protectors of her town who hunt the savage wolves said to roam freely in the surrounding forests . . .

Young Porcelana
Young Porcelana (Photo of Young Afro-Brazilian Girl by Gustavo Lacerda)

My inspiration images for the young Porcelana are from the amazing Brazilian photographer Gustavo Lacerda whose website you can visit by clicking here . . .

read more at Jessica’s blog


4 responses to “Reblog: Meet Jessica Gajda’s Main Character”

  1. Oh Grace, Grace, Grace. I may have to stop following you. It is going to take me all morning to get Porcelana out of my head! In all seriousness, I am loving your ‘Meet my Main Character’ Series. I am finding this exploration journey quite fascinating.

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    1. Dear Leni, even if you stop following my blog, I will not stop following your google+ posts. I love the world that you generously bring to me, and am glad that you enjoy sharing mine.

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      1. I still wish I could figure out why I cannot retrieve your comment replies on my WP android app… it is driving me crazy! We are going to have to do a back-sync on our setting perhaps. 🙂
        The thing I like about the world you bring to mine… is that it allows me to step out of my own. I’ll never have to worry about finding myself locked up in one box as long as I have you around.
        I see you have even more reading for me to do…. Who needs sleep?

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        1. I’ll see if I can clone a Sandman for you: one who is on call when you close your eyes for more than 15 seconds, and leaves promptly when you want to open them again. 🙂

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