Hello one & all!
Holly Evans has tagged me again 🙂 It’s such a delight to read about her projects. She has a lot of talent and you should… nay, must… check out her blog here 🙂
I have to apologize again for being rather lax on my posts. This revision of the Divided Draft is taking more out of me than I expected. I need to devote more time to it if I want to hit my publication deadline of this year. My goal is to post at least once a week on my blog and to keep up to date with those blogs that I follow. I can keep to that at least.
Excuses out of the way, let’s get to some WIP sharing, shall we?
Give us the rundown of some of your main characters.
There are two main characters in Divided Draft:
Keira – our story’s protagonist. An 18 year old girl who has been raised by parents since first orphaned ten years before. She has a strong heart and a stubborn attitude. She longs for freedom to make her own choices and live her own life and to be viewed for the strength she possesses, to not be taken for granted.
Sean – the captain of the Diamond Heart. He is Keira’s guardian and knows more about her fate than he lets on. He wants to protect her, but his stubborness often leads him to clash with her. His own past is dark one, marked by tragedy and loss.
Who’s your favourite and why?
It’s always going to be Keira, because she was the first character I really created that I connected to. She is everything I wish I could be, with a few of my flaws. She often takes me by surprise and I love moments when she takes action that even I wasn’t expecting.
Who’s the most difficult to write and why?
I think Sean’s the most difficult to write, only because getting into his head is getting into a whole big mess that I sometimes feel is bigger than myself. He has a lot of baggage and a lot of knowledge. It takes a lot more effort to delve into his mind than Keira’s.
If you could choose one to spend the day with in real life, who would you choose and why?
Keira because I feel that we would be great friends and that she could teach me a lot about becoming stronger and tougher and facing down my fears.
Pick one and answer the following:
What’s their basic description? Physical appearance, job, etc.
Keira stands at about 5’5 with curly chestnut hair and purple eyes. She is a pirate by trade, though she’s often blocked from taking as much action as she wants by Sean.
What are their views on love?
Nothing really significant. For her early life, she knew she was loved by her parents, but after their death, she lost any real contact with the motion. She cares for people and know they care about her. But she’s never known love in any other sense.
What are their religious views?
The land where she lives is ruled by one god, but she does not believe in him. She believes in freedom and creating her own destiny.
How do they feel about death?
Keira doesn’t often consider death. She’s still young and sees a long life for herself. That changes when she discovers that she must stop the threat over her ocean home. Suddenly Death is a constant shadow that she must escaoe.
What’s their approach to food and cooking?
It’s not much of an important matter for Keira. She eats what’s available. Fish is a necessity.
What’s their place in the world?
At first, she is inferior to many, living aboard a ship with men who see her as a child and so treat her as such. Her real place is far more complicated. She is of the utmost importance to the world’s existence.
What’s their big dream?
Keira’s only dream is to be free, to live life according to her own rules, to sail the Oceans Six without any one to hinder her.
How did they come about?
I’ve mentioned it before, but Keira began as part of the idea for that short story I had to write in school. Fun Fact: her name in the first draft was Leia. Then I stumled across the name Keira and realized it suited her much better 🙂
If you were to ship them with another character, yours or someone else’s, who and why?
Oooh, tough question. I’d actually have to say that I would ship her with Tom. He’s a minor character on the ship who acts like an older brother. If things were different, I would have shipped them together because they have such great chemistry. But things are the way they are 🙂
Finally, if you can, share some lines or a snippet focused on this character!
I’ve shared a few lines about Keira already, but never dialogue. Here’s her first conversation with Sean:
“I was expecting you sooner.”
Sean took a deep breath to suppress his bristling anger as he came to tower over the chestnut-haired girl. He despised her ability to touch upon his nerves, but he could not fault her for it. Ten-and-eight, she had more spirit than many women twice her age. It was a product of the unorthodox lifestyle she had been raised into, a lifestyle she had not chosen to embrace, a lifestyle she had learned to adore.
“If you expect to be found, Keira, why do you even bother leaving?”
A shrug deformed her shoulders. She uncrossed her legs, her boots hovering inches above the water. “Because I like to see you cringe.”
Well, I guess that’s it for now 🙂
If you want to answer these questions for yourself, please do 🙂 And don’t forget to let me know if you do 🙂
May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,