Category Archives: Meet My Main Character Blog Tour

May-July 2014

Reblog: Meet Susanne Alleyn’s Main Character

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The “Meet My Main Character” Blog Tour

June 23, 2014
by Susanne Alleyn

WeaverGrace tagged me to continue a tradition of bloggers begun here. Meet My Main Character Blog Tours resemble radio interviews: keep on reading for answers to questions posed to me, and a week or two later for answers to the same questions posed to a couple of other authors whom I’ve selected. This tour asks the authors of works-in-progress (in my case, the sequel to The Executioner’s Heir) to answer questions about the main characters of their historical novels. So, meet my main character . . .

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

Charles-Henri Sanson is my main character, and he was a real person. Born in 1739, he was destined to be the master executioner—maître des hautes œuvres—for the city of Paris in the second half of the 18th century . . . Despite his official title and the “yuck” reaction most of us would have to a professional executioner, Charles Sanson was a decent, compassionate man trying to make the best of a terrible career that he was stuck with because of fate and social pressure . . . He realizes that he can never break away from the profession and title of executioner, and his goal becomes, instead, to be the most honorable and humane man he can be, within the job that he can’t escape, even during the Revolution. . .

read more at Susanne’s blog

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Reblog: Meet Jessica Gajda’s Main Character

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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

 

Reblog: Meet Roderick Gladwish’s Main Character

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Meet My Main Character

Monday, 23 June 2014
by Roderick Gladwish

+Grace Buchanan (Weaver Grace)  tagged me to continue a tradition of bloggers on the Meet My Main Character Blog Tours.  This tour asks the author of works-in-progress to answer questions about their main character and then tag another author to do the same.

Grace’s character is a real historical figure, her grandmother’s grandmother.  She lived in a fascinating part of American history, when the USA and the people coming to it, start to truly found a nation.  Funny thing is, history books are stuffed with rulers and power brokers, yet Nations are formed, changed and protected by the millions who never get a mention.  I’m a history nut so I’m biased and her character was interesting.

Here’s my go at answering the same questions…

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

Jeptha of Nonewharl, everyone calls him Jep.  He’s a fictional character based on the many young men who did, and still do, go to sea in search of adventure.

2. When and where is the story set?

It’s set in the early seventeenth century, at first on the fictional islands of Nonewharl, which are much like the Faroe Islands, set in the stormy North Atlantic Ocean.  Jep and his people are descendants of Nose settlers and shipwrecked ‘strays’.  Then he ventures into the Atlantic and then the North Sea on his first, fateful voyage as a professional sailor. . .

read more at Roderick’s blog

Meet historical fiction author Ronda K. Reed

written by Ronda K. Reed

Thank you again for the opportunity, Grace Buchanan. As I said, blogging is new to me and this is my first blog tour. Meet My Main Character Blog Tours are similar to radio interviews: tune in now to questions posed to me, and July 8, 2014 for answers to the same questions posed to other authors. This tour asks the authors of works-in-progress to answer questions about the main characters of their fictional novels. Grace is working currently on a historical fiction. She describes her main character, Polly, as “how she sees her grandmother’s grandmother “. Grace’s genealogical research is not only rendering invaluable information about her familial roots, but also is providing a solid historical background from the 1800’s full of hardships and conflicts for Polly. I find this fascinating and look forward to reading her book.

Elizabeth Mohney

Nostalgia, is something Grace and I have in common when we write. Bringing the past back to life and breathing new words and life into our characters gives great satisfaction to not only us, as writers, but hopefully, to our readers as well. My work is historical and leans a bit toward literary with magic realism.

Now, for the questions and answers about my fictional novel-in-progress:

  1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or historical? Ella’s full name is unusual, like she is. She is of mixed blood: Native American, Hispanic, and Caucasian. Her full name is MarcellaAwinita Bennett.Awinita means “fawn” in Cherokee. Ella is purely fictional, as are her friends Carolyn, or “Carly” Rose, and Dawn Davidson. The secondary characters play huge roles in the story. In fact, I thought about three Main Characters but decided against it.
  2. When and Where is the story set? The story begins in the early 1960’s in a fictional small southern town in Texas. This town is mostly a farming community, but new industry is nudging its way in.  What is fascinating, is what is nestling on one side of the town. It is many acres of a heavily wooded closed-down-for-decades State Park, called Break Ridge Falls Park. Ella’s family resides on a gravelled farm-to-market road on the outskirts of town. Their property acreage ends at the edge of the woods.
    The Walking Bridge

  3. What should we know about her?  Ella, along with having mixed blood, is also adopted. By sheer luck, a kind middle-aged childless white couple adopted her, taking her in when Ella was two, rescuing her from a bad situation which left Ella scarred badly on her left arm.  Ella thankfully remembers little of that time, while being coddled by her new loving parents. While the large scar on the inside of her arm is physical, the internal scars begin surfacing during her school years.
  4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life? The main conflict is the problems that are always present  and confusing in a coming of age story: peer pressures, dealing with the opposite sex, and bullies. Adding to this mixed bag are racial slurs, and one character in particular that hands out misery throughout two decades to these three girlfriends. Also conflicting in theory is the discovery that these three young girls make of the mysterious and somewhat scary Break Ridge Falls Walking Bridge in the thick woods. It is an urban legend to the town, well-speculated and gossiped about. Not many have found the bridge and lived to tell about it, but once the bridge finds you, it brings magic realism.
  5.  What is the personal goal of the character? Ella’s goal is self-acceptance; to love herself, discover her past and make peace with it, and to believe and protect true friendship no matter what, all while finding out the truth about the walking bridge.
  6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? The title is The Walking Bridge and you can read more about it at my blog.
  7. When can we expect the book to be published? Hopefully, it will go through the editing process this year and be ready by the first of next year. Hopefully. 🙂

 

On Tuesday, July 8, 2014   I will be featuring some up-and-coming writers whom I met through the community Saturday Scenes at Google+.

Challa Fletcher
Sarah Brown
Samantha Dunaway Bryant

Thank you, Grace for this opportunity and sharing my love of writing.