Character BlogHop

I’ve been invited to participate in a Character BlogHop. What’s that, you ask? Well, I’m going to introduce you to one of my characters from the current manuscript I am working on, the second in my Keeper series. I say “one of my characters” because my stories involve several characters at one time, and I don’t want to introduce someone who may be a spoiler for any reader who is reading my first novel, The Keepers of Éire. Today, you’ll meet Devan. But before that, let me give a shout out to Julaina Kleist-Corwin, the writer who tagged me for this bloghop.

julaina-small_150_pixelJulaina Kleist-Corwin is editor for her anthology, Written Across the Genres. She teaches creative writing for the City of Dublin, California. She has won several first place awards in short story contests. Her work has been published in the 2014 CWC Literary Review and Harlequin’s 2012 and 2013 Christmas anthologies and other collections. You can find her at her blog at www.timetowritenow.com, on Twitter at https://twitter.com/JulainaC, or on Pinterest at http://www.pinterest.com/jkleistc.

In Julaina’s most recent WIP, Norman and the Painting, protagonist Jill Steele must face her fears and take control of her own life while being involved with a multidimensional love interest.

Thanks Julaina for this bloghop opportunity.

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Let’s meet one of my characters:

What is the name of your character? Is s/he fictional/historical? The character I’m going to showcase is Devan Fraser. She is a fictional character, but to be honest, she is somewhat based on myself (the author). Of course, most of my characters have a little bit of me in them; however, Devan has the most.

When and where is the story set? The story is set in modern day Scotland. I don’t put an actual date to the writing, but know that it is set in the 21st century.

What should we know about your character? Devan is a recently orphaned adult who believes she has found her destiny—that of a dragonrider for the Tuatha Dragon Clan of Ireland. She has a special ability to hear and communicate with all dragons. Devan has fallen in love with former Dublin street rat, Christian. Together, Devan and Christian have rescued a tortured wingless dragon, thwarted a gang of thieves, and stopped a dragon killer.

What is your character’s goal? Devan’s goal is to use her special abilities to assist her dragon clan and any others in protecting their designated land and people. All while belonging to something more than just herself, she craves a family.

What is screwing up your character’s life (main conflict in writerly speak)? Her ability to communicate with all dragons is coveted by the enemies of the Scottish clan she has chosen to help. A troublesome ex from America is searching for her—not good. And what if her own Scottish relatives turn out to be against her?

What is the title? The Keepers of Caledonia

When can we expect the book to be published? I’m working on it now, so I hope to have it ready for publication through my independent press, Dragon Wing Publishing by the end of 2015.

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And now, I will tag the following authors, who will be participating on their blogs on Monday, October 6.

Shelley-Riley-PhotoShelley Riley is the multiple award winning author of Casual Lies – A Triple Crown Adventure, a true-life story about a head strong, talented and charismatic colt who made it possible for his trainer to up-end a male-dominated sport when, together they make history in the Kentucky Derby and American Triple Crown. Shelley is currently working on a historical novel based during the American Civil War about a talented Kentucky horsewoman who fought to save the innocent animals of war. Follow Shelley on her website www.shelleyriley.com, on her blog www.casuallieskentuckyderby.blogspot.com, and on twitter @shelleyr1992.

Blake HeitzmanA professional engineer turned author, Blake Heitzman grew up near Las Cruces, New Mexico, and loves to weave the Southwest into his sci-fi-fantasy stories. His novel, A Far Traveler, is available as an ebook on Amazon and Smashwords. Blake is currently finishing up Panther Watches, the second book of the Shaman Gene series. The story begins when a four-year-old girl jettisons to Earth from a slave ship in nearby space. Twenty-two years later she struggles to discover her true identity while joining her adoptive father, the android Herman Rothe, in a fight against those who would subjugate Earth. Aliens, good and bad robots, DNA devouring shape shifters, earth spirits, and others battle for control Earth’s destiny. Follow Blake on his blog at http://shamangene.com/BLOG/

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Each of them will be posting their own post in the blog hop on Monday, October 6. Be sure to go visit them then!

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