Monday, 1 June 2015

Meet My Character Blog

I have been tagged by Paula Lofting in Meet my Character. There are seven questions to answer, so, here it goes... Paula's Meet My Character can be found here

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

Right, now, my main character has changed back and forth between two protagonists. Both protagonists vied mischievously to play the lead. First one would be more dominant than the other, then vice versa. This was a new phenomenon to me, characters in my head competing with each other to play the lead. After several drafts, and some 'internal' arguments with my characters, the lead, as it were, became evident. Nychol Granger, who is a fictitious character, had the stronger background, and his character was more developed than that of his rival. So, at the moment, and it will probably stay that way, it is Nychol Granger.

When and where is the story set?

My story begins in January, 1286, in the environs of Stirling, Scotland, three months before Alexander III dies at Kinghorn, Fife, on 19th March, 1286.

What should we know about your main character?

Nychol Granger is 16 years old, and the eldest son of master mason, Donald Granger, and his wife, Alys. He has a younger brother, Simon, who is 14 years old, and a small sister, Catherine, (Ceit for short), who is just 4 years old. Nychol is expected to follow in his father's footsteps, and be a mason, but Nychol has other ideas. He wants adventure, and to that end, steals away in the night, to do just that, but it doesn't go as he plans.

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

Nychol is walking the 36 miles, or so, to Edinburgh, but on the way he is abducted by some soldiers, and that is when he finds that his adventure isn't what he had planned. Nychol's main conflict becomes evident when he is partnered with Gavin Kier, a 17 year old soldier, who has bluffed his way through his short life, after being orphaned at the age of 9. Gavin comes across as affable, and charismatic, which is his greatest weapon, and he uses it well. He has the knack of turning friend against friend, and making friends of foes. Anymore would be to lay down spoilers, sorry...

What is the personal goal of the character?

Nychol's story is still evolving, and his path is still very much a work in progress. His goals will change throughout the story, of that I am sure. His future, at the moment, is mapped out by the fact that he has been abducted by the soldiers, and he has resigned himself to his situation. His personal goal at this point is to stay alive, especially when Alexander III dies unexpectedly, and sends Scotland into turmoil.

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

The working title for my novel is, The Touching of Stones. I'm not sure it will keep this title, because as the work progresses, it becomes less relevant. This is because the novel that I had intended to write, changed direction, this was caused by how my characters grew, and their personalities took shape. You can read more about my WIP in the future, here on my blog.

When can we expect the book to be published?

How long is a piece of string? I am hoping to publish my novel by the end of 2015 or early 2016. It really all does depend on how well the work progresses, to be honest, my life, as it is at the moment, has a habit of getting in the way. It is my intention, however, to write every day through the summer months, which does not, unfortunately, happen at the moment. I see this book as being the first in a series, which I find a really exciting prospect.