The way this thing works is that I answer these questions about a main character from a finished work or work in progress, then tag some other people to keep the blog hop… er…. Hopping.
1.) What is the name of your character?
Rolfgar of Two Lands a.k.a “The Nightmage”
2.) Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Very much fictional, except he looks like my husband (with slightly better abs).
3.) When and where is the story set?
On another world between the two lands of Piav and Nord. Rolf grew up among the Nord, but married into the Piav, which is how he earned his Two-Lands name. The two lands have distinct theological differences and it makes diplomacy tricky. Rolf – by nature of his relationship – has stumbled into the role of diplomat.
4.) What should we know about him/her?
Rolf is the only Nightmage. He might initiate some others later, but for right now it’s just him. This is because he’s able to get away from his own country enough to learn some things about himself, and about his own god.
Rolf is also Truewed to a Piav hero. Hillein Two Gods is as much of a celebrity as a loosely strung-together land of farms, woods and villages can produce. They didn’t choose to be truewed, the gods stepped in and took care of that for them. This lead to a good bit of consternation for both parties.
5.) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
The lands of Piav and Nord need to set aside their differences in order to unite against a common enemy. Rolfgar and Hillein are the only people who can talk both sides into joining forces against the coming army from across the mountains.
6.) What is the personal goal of the character?
Rolfgar’s main goal is one of theological pursuit. He wants to better understand his own god and the gods of the Piav. The Nord are monotheistic, while the Piav are polytheistic. Rolfgar’s relationship with the Piav help him to see that perhaps neither answer is wholly correct.
7.) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
Small Gods was a NaNoWriMo novel in 2012 that I had to scrap at 35K because of poor planning. Also, the original plan for the plot was not where the characters ended up going, and we were working at cross purposes.
My goal for Small Gods is to start again from scratch this NaNoWriMo, with better planning and outlining, and letting go of the original baggage from the first time.
8.) When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?
My general timeline is to write the rough draft, then let it sit for 6 months before I edit it. My guess is that Small Gods will be ready for Beta Readers in the Summer of 2015, and ready to start querying agents in early 2016.
Links and Bios for the authors who are next on the blog hop!
Jason Cantrell over at Writing Possibilities.
Jason Cantrell lives in South Jersey. He is a graduate of Rowan University, with a Major in Writing Arts and a Minor in Communication Studies, He is the author of urban fantasy novel Manifestation and short story Radiance.
Kat Loveland, author of Honor Bound
Sonia Craig, Science fiction author
Sonia really likes it when I send her inspirational quotes. She enjoys sitting contemplatively by the sea and thinking about how to raise her vibration. (She also has a good enough sense of humor that she won’t point one of those guns at me).