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Meet My Character Blog Tour

Andrea Stephenson at Harvesting Hecate has kindly tagged me to take part in the Meet My Character Blog Tour.

Andrea, a pagan by inclination, blogs about nature, the coastline and the turn of the seasons, all of which she sees as a source of great inspiration to her creativity as a writer and painter. Whenever I visit her blog, I come away feeling both soothed and uplifted.

Thank you, Andrea, for thinking of me for this event.

Now it’s my turn to tell you about the main character in my completed 90,000-word speculative fiction novel.

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

His name is Anna and he’s fictional.

2. When and where is the story set?

Anna is born in AD 2166 and the story is set in what we know as the British Isles. It begins in Dorset, England, and then Glen Affric in the Highlands of Scotland, but the main block of action takes place in the independent state of Wightland (previously the Isle of Wight). There is also back story revolving around Warsaw, Poland, and its criminal underworld.

3. What should we know about him/her?

He’s a rare specimen in a world populated by women and, for the unscrupulous, a prize worth capturing and exploiting. At the start of the novel he’s a sweet, honest, nature loving boy who believes he’s a girl. As the story progresses and he learns what being male means in a world run by women, he turns into an archetypal moody and manipulative teenager who discovers music and finds some solace in this. The few people who care about him, are also partly responsible for his disillusionment and must work hard to prove they’re worthy of his trust.

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

The main conflict is related to his uniqueness and his exploitation by a deluded criminal/quack geneticist. His life is messed up in the first place by his discovery that he’s a boy.

5. What is the personal goal of the character?

Freedom to choose his own mate, rather than have multiple mates chosen for him, and ultimately to escape back to the wilderness from whence he came, taking with him the people he’s learned to love and trust.

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

This novel, which is now finished, has had many titles. In the first draft it was called Eulogy to the Last Man which, for reasons I won’t disclose, was rendered redundant. In the second draft it was Wightland, and the third Counting Magpies. In the final draft it’s His Seed, although I still quite like Counting Magpies and have called it this in one of my submissions, just to confuse issues. And no, you can’t read more about it, as I don’t want to give the whole plot away.

7. When can we expect the book to be published?

As I’m going down the traditional route and throwing myself upon the mercy of agents and publishers, I can’t answer that. All I can say is that I hope it happens in my lifetime.

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I’m now pleased to pass the baton on to three of my writing buddies …

Benjamin Jones otherwise known as Graphite Bunny, whose blog is full of wonderful photography and prose poetry, and who was my guest storyteller on this blog back in March.

J.S.Watts, whose website you might like to check out, and who blogs via Goodreads , approximately monthly, but sometimes less frequently and mainly about things writerly (both fiction and poetry).

Henry Gee, who blogs at cromercrox.blogspot.co.uk about all manner of things that catch his attention: some of them quirky and some halfway normal. He’s appeared twice on my blog: first, in November for an interview about his then self-published novel “By The Sea” and then a week ago in a post about his success in finding a traditional publisher for the same novel.

Blondeusk, who calls her blog Blondewritemore and describes herself as “a novice writer starting her journey”.

Dave Farmer, who blogs at davefarmersblog about life, writing, and zombies(!), and who was my guest storyteller on this blog in June.

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And here are the links so far to the posts of those I’ve tagged:

Dave Farmer

J.S. Watts

Blondeusk

Henry Gee

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15 thoughts on “Meet My Character Blog Tour

  1. Go Sarah!!! All the best in publishing – I am looking forward to reading it!!!

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    • I hope you won’t have to wait too long, but literary agents and publishers are so inundated with submissions that their turnaround times are very slow. It will only take one of them to fall in love with it and know which publisher to place it with, then all will be well … I have to stay focused on the possibility of a positive outcome.

      Meanwhile, I’ll contemplate my head the next novel 🙂

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  2. Sarah, this sounds fascinating! Wishing you great success!

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  3. Sarah, thanks for taking part in the blog tour. It was fascinating to get a little insight into your novel – there’s so much about it that sounds intriguing, from the settings to the world you’ve built, to the character. Wishing you lots of luck with the submissions as I hope I get to read it soon!

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    • Andrea, I hope you get to read it soon, too! 🙂 Please, do shoot lots of cosmic “luck” arrows my way. That old saying about success being 10% talent and 90% hard work, certainly applies to achieving publication — although I believe those odds are further diminished by the fact that only about 2% of submissions via the slush pile are accepted. But, you know, I’m going to stay focused on that 2% and rather than the 98% who don’t make it.

      Meanwhile, I might have a shot at self-publishing (under a pen-name) my medieval-style sword and sorcery fantasy novel just to see if it draws any interest. I’ve had so many near misses with that one in the past, but it’s no longer a sub-genre of particular interest to publishers so there’s nothing to lose and maybe something to gain.

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      • I guess the good thing is that we do have more choices these days – I’m also holding out for the traditional route but I know there’s always a back up plan of self-publishing. Fingers crossed for both of us 🙂

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      • One of the problems for me with self-publishing is that you need to be an absolute pest to all and sundry trying to sell it. I can’t help getting irritated every time someone starts following me in twitter with the sole aim of selling their novel to me. And if you ever thank them for following you — which is the polite thing to do — then you get inundated with requests to check out their novel. No “hi nice to meet you, too” but just blatant selling.

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  5. I hope it sees the light of day soon. I prefer the title ‘Counting magpies ‘ to ‘His Seed’ by the way.

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  8. jobicusmaximus on said:

    Very intriguing blog tour you have here. I am really interested in the possibilities of this story, as there seems to be a lot going on! What a unique world you have cultivated and developed 🙂 All the best to you!

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