Meet My Character Blog Hop

My friend and fellow author, Willow C. Winsham, has nominated me for another challenge, the Meet My Character Blog Hop. The gauntlet has been thrown down and I will beat her to the next challenge and nominate her for a change!

Willow is writing her début series, The Virginia Dewhurst Trilogy and is as guilty as me of living inside her characters’ world far too often. We bonded over our equally wild children and a love of Les Misérables. On one occasion when I was in dire straights, she appeared on my doorstep with large quantities of chocolate and warm hugs, for which I will be forever indebted.

You can connect with Willow via her blog, linked above, or on Twitter.

This challenge is simple, answer a few probing questions abut a character that you have written or are writing so that readers, and potential readers, can get to know a bit more about them. So, here goes.

What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or historical?

I suppose it goes without saying that I am going to write about my central protagonist from my series, Echoes of the Past. I was tempted to throw a curve ball and pick somebody else, but decided that I would stick with the glue that holds the series together. Ariana Yates, aka Stalker-of-Night’s-Shadow is a fictional character, though I have lived inside her head for so many years that sometimes she seems like an extension of me.

When and where is the story set?

Echoes is set in the fictional city of Caerton, in contemporary Britain. It is a city with a rich history, full of invasion, battles, growth, industry, hardship and most crucially, a hidden society of shape-shifters. There are also other realms, hidden from humanity that our animalistic heroes (and villains) can travel to. Their own secret realm, Hepethia, exists in parallel to the human world and its raw beauty can be shaped to meet the needs of the shifters who travel there.

What should we know about your character?

StalkerAriana had a troubled upbringing and left home very young to strike out on her own. She was a misfit but in Caerton she was beginning to find her young feet when her life suddenly and irreversibly altered course. She is direct, determined and very defensive. She is also fiercely loyal and passionate. Soon after she changes, she discovers that she still doesn’t fit in, she is different from other shifters, just as she was different from humans. She’s a very competent fighter, having trained for years in various martial arts and her new abilities make her a fearsome opponent. One of my inspirational images for the character is this gorgeous piece, unfortunately I don’t know who to credit it to. If anyone knows, please leave a comment. For more images that inspire my writing, please follow my Pinterest board here.

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

This is a hard one to answer without spoilers. Ariana/Stalker can be very impulsive, she also has a short temper, so these traits often lead her into dangerous situations. She is also caught in between the two aspects of her nature; determined to cling to her humanity and protect her loved ones but also, at times, a slave to the inner beast. She is in constant conflict with herself, battling inner demons as well as external ones and having to face up to the very worst elements in humanity and shifter-kind alike. The main thrust of the series is this struggle. She sees what becomes of her people and must decide if she will allow it to happen to her or if she can stand against the tide and prevent herself from becoming the monster she fears.

What is the personal goal of your character?

I suppose her primary goal is to survive in an incredibly hostile world. But on a deeper level she is drawn to self-discovery, to learn who and what she is and why she has been dealt the cards she has. This journey will eventually take her even beyond Hepethia, as she seeks out the very gods who conduct the orchestras in which she and her companions play.

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

The series is Echoes of the Past, the first book, Seeds of Autumn is already available to buy on Kindle. The second book, Ghosts of Winter, is coming soon. Books three and four have titles too, but I won’t be revealing them just yet. You can find out more here on my blog, check out the rest of my site too and follow me on Facebook and Twitter for regular updates.

All that remains is for me to nominate some other authors to complete the challenge.

Fred Hopkins, blogger and fantasy author found at:

And anyone else who fancies a crack! Just tag me so I can stalk follow you.

Also, if you’d like me to do a similar profile like this for any of my other characters, do please leave suggestions in the comments below. Thanks for reading 🙂