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Character Interview: Alleyn Everlind

Alleyn Everlind is king of Roenor and father of Detren Everlind. He’s Detren’s role model at the beginning of The Shadow Raven, and his son is a lot like him.

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Interviewer: Good morning, King Alleyn. How are you?

Alleyn: I’m well. *shakes the interviewer’s hand and sits down* How are you?

Interviewer: Doing fine. Shall we get started?

Alleyn: *nods*

Interviewer: What is your name?

Alleyn: Alleyn Detren Everlind.

Interviewer: Ah, so your son was named after you.

Alleyn: *nods* My wife loved the name and wanted to name him after me.

Interviewer: It’s an excellent name. How old are you?

Alleyn: I’m thirty-eight.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Alleyn: I have a sister, Damson.

Interviewer: Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Alleyn: I’ve always considered myself an introvert, though most would assume I’m an extrovert. I’ve trained my self to be more extroverted so that I can more comfortably interact with the people, but I prefer the peace and quiet and smaller crowds.

Interviewer: That’s interesting. What’s your favorite food?

Alleyn: Steak.

Interviewer: And your favorite color?

Alleyn: Dark red.

Interviewer: Is there a job you’d rather have than the one you have now?

Alleyn: I don’t know. Being king is stressful, but I like having the opportunity to help each other like I do. I don’t know that there’s something I’d be excited enough to trade it for.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Alleyn: I don’t have much time for hobbies. When I do have time, I tend to play the piano.

Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Alleyn: Bravery. The others are important, but they’re slightly lower.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Alleyn: Selflessness. Honesty is a very, very close second.

Interviewer: What is something you can never leave the house without?

Alleyn: This may sound trite, but a good attitude. I go out and interact with people. It’s hard to interact with people and leave a good impression as king with a bad attitude, and it makes both parties feel good when they’re able to be nice to each other.

Interviewer: *nods* Good advice. That was the last question. Thank you for your time.

Alleyn: You’re very welcome. *shakes the interviewer’s hand and leaves*

Character Interview: Prynn Nemea

Prynn is one of the semi-main characters of The Shadow Raven. She’s Detren‘s cousin, and she does her best to keep him steady as he becomes king.

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Interviewer: Good morning, Prynn. How are you?

Prynn: I’m doing well. *smiles* How are you?

Interviewer: I’m doing all right. Shall we begin?

Prynn: *nods*

Interviewer: What is your name?

Prynn: Prynn Cantara Nemea.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Prynn: I’m sixteen.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Prynn: No. But Detren is something like a brother.

Interviewer: What is your job?

Prynn: I don’t particularly have one. I’m the daughter of a lord and lady and the cousin of a king. There’s no special title for me, and I’m still in school. So I guess the most fitting thing to say would be that I’m a student.

Interviewer: Do you enjoy school?

Prynn: *shrugs* It’s neither enjoyable nor awful. I tend to prefer reading on my own to reading about how mountains are formed.

Interviewer: *laughs* Well, reading is always good. Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Prynn: I’m an introvert, but I love people. I love talking to them, getting to know them, taking care of them when they need it, stuff like that.

Interviewer: What is your favorite food?

Prynn: Hmm. I like a lot of things. Freshly baked bread is always good. I also like plums.

Interviewer: And your favorite color?

Prynn: Dark purple.

Interviewer: You mentioned you like to read; what is your favorite book?

Prynn: Moon of Gold. It’s a more fantastical story set in the same world as Detren’s favorite, Soldiers of the East.

Interviewer: I’ve heard that one mentioned a lot around here. What is it about?

Prynn: It’s set in a desert with a lot of competing countries and divisions with opposing views and values. Soldiers of the East focuses on the Eilram and the Pastyna Regiment, the former of which works for a war-focused country and the latter of which works to preserve peace and justice against the Eilram’s rampages. There are others, though, that focus on other aspects of the world. Moon of Gold takes place in the theocratic country that’s at odds with the war-centered country. It’s hard to describe in short terms, but they’re really interesting.

Interviewer: They sound fascinating. They seem popular, too.

Prynn: They are fairly popular. I think it’s because the world is deep and you always feel like there’s always more to know.

Interviewer: Those are always the best worlds. I guess we should probably move on. Do you have any ideas of what job you might want to have after school?

Prynn: I’m considering becoming a healer, possibly specializing in childbirth.

Interviewer: You seem to really care about people, so I think you’d be good in that role.

Prynn: *smiles* Thank you.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Prynn: Reading and piano, mostly. I also paint, on occasion, but those two are my main hobbies.

Interviewer: What traits do you look for in a potential husband?

Prynn: At the moment I don’t, but if I were looking… Someone kind and generous, a believer in Abba, and someone willing to stand up for what he believes in.

Interviewer: All good qualities. Which of these is most important to you, in general: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Prynn: Bravery. All of them are excellent traits, but bravery is probably the most important.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Prynn: That one’s a tougher choice. Probably honesty, but selflessness is a very close second.

Interviewer: What is something you can never leave the house without?

Prynn: Some sort of hairpiece. If I’m going out I don’t want my hair constantly in my face.

Interviewer: Thank you for your time. That was the last question. I enjoyed talking with you.

Prynn: You too. *smiles* Thank you for the interview. *heads out of the room*

NaNoWriMo Pre-Update

Because a pre-update is totally a thing. Psh. So, I am doing NaNoWriMo this year, and I’m going to talk a little bit about how I’ll be posting for November and then you’ll get summaries of my NaNoWriMo novel and its characters, so stay tuned for that.

For those of you who don’t know, NaNoWriMo is a month-long challenge in November to write 50,000 words in 30 days. Does that sound crazy? That’s… because it is. But thousands of people participate each year, and a lot of them accomplish it. And even if you don’t, you still have more words than you did before, so there’s that. Would you like to know something even crazier? This year I’m among that group of nutcase authors who are attempting to write 100k in a month. Cue the screaming.

Thanks Kermit.

Anyway, for the month of November my blog schedule is going to look very different from the way it usually is. I’ll still be posting character interviews on Wednesdays and weekly updates on Saturdays, but most of my Wednesday posts won’t be writing advice. I have a couple of poems planned, a list of my favorite writing quotes, and one worldbuilding post, and I’m thinking about posting weekly encouragement for those of you doing NaNoWriMo. However, you’ll be getting daily excerpts from my NaNoWriMo project. Meanwhile, I’ll be going like this:

The newsletter will continue as usual, and I think that’s it for an explanation of how the month is going to go. Now we can get into the fun part.

(I don’t know why I’m doing Kermit gifs, so don’t ask.)

The book I’ll be writing for NaNoWriMo is the second book in the Dark War Trilogy, and my favorite of the three. The synopsis up on the NaNo site is this:

Nissa Quail is a thief in the capital city of Roenor. After an accidental meeting with the prince, the two become unlikely friends and Nissa begins to spend quite a bit of time in the castle. After the king is assassinated, she offers her skills to the royal council, and her attempts to find the king’s killer dig her country deeper into a war. A war, it almost appears, that they cannot win.

Fun stuff. I’d share more, but pretty much everything is steeped in spoilers, so let’s move on to the characters.

(Couldn’t find a Kermit gif. Sorry.)

Nissa Quail is the main character. She’s a thief and a shapeshifter, and her alternate form is a raven; she tends to get teased for her name because of this. She’s bold and optimistic, she loves glitter and sparkles, and she adores the fancy dresses that nobles get to wear. She’s a sixteen-year-old ENTP, Slytherin, and Candor (ooh, Slytherin and Candor? That’s an interesting pairing). Despite the fact that she’s the main character and I love (and am terrified by) her arc, she’s only my second-favorite character. ;)

Meet Detren Everlind, my favorite character and the second main character. This is probably really weird, but I love his name. I just think it sounds super cool. Detren is the sweetest, most noble character I think I’ve ever written, and he provides a nice counterpart for Nissa (his best friend), who’s a bit less moral. He’s an avid reader, he loves history, he has a pet dog named Devonly, and he loves the scent of pines. He’s a lot like me in some ways (see the above, except for the dog), but he’s more a picture of what I’d like to be: Noble, merciful, compassionate, moral even when it’s hard…

He’s eighteen (all of my characters are so young and I feel so bad for what they have to go through. D:), an INFJ, Hufflepuff, and Amity (that right there tells you a lot about him. ^-^). And he plays piano, which I’d forgotten about until I looked over at my notes, lol.

Next up is Alleyn Everlind (I really like his name, too). He’s Detren’s father, king of Roenor. He’s a lot like Detren in many ways (he raised him, so of course Detren’s going to be like him): Noble, merciful, always sticking to his morals, and rather playful sometimes. He once let Detren believe for a bit that the squirrel Detren had taken in during the winter needed their help and couldn’t stay out in the cold.

He’s almost as studious as Detren, but he prefers literature to history. He, too, likes the smell of pines, and also the smell of cinnamon. The latter reminds him of his late wife’s cinnamon rolls, which used to be a Christmas tradition.

He’s an ESFJ, Gryffindor, and Abnegation.

Prynn Nemea is Detren’s cousin, who takes care of him like a sister. She’s actually younger than him, at sixteen, but she doesn’t let that stop her from doing everything in her power to keep him steady when he’s going through tough times. She’s compassionate, bold when she needs to be, and willing to occasionally bend the rules if she thinks it’s worth it and no one is going to get hurt. She also plays the piano, and she’s more into music and art than more academic things like history.

She’s an INFJ, Hufflepuff, Amity. (And honestly I think she’s got a bit of Slytherin in her, as well.)

Terlon Screll is Detren’s mentor, as well as high steward of Roenor. (Sorry, I couldn’t find a picture I had permission to use, so I’ll link to his pin instead.) He was the one who helped foster Detren’s love of history, and he was almost a historian (the most prestigious occupation in Roenor), but… Well, I’m thinking to write a short story or novella about his backstory, so I won’t give anything away. ;)

He’s the wisest person Detren knows, even including Alleyn, and Detren consults him a lot throughout the course of the book because… stuff. There’s a lot going on, and he needs that wise council.

He’s an ENTJ, Ravenclaw, and Amity.

So, these are the main characters of The Shadow Raven. I’m really looking forward to getting to writing them and seeing their relationships play out, and I can’t wait for NaNoWriMo because there are cool character arcs, awesome characters, my favorite setting of the trilogy… I’m just super excited to get to work. :D

If you’d like to add me as a buddy on the NaNoWriMo site, that link is here, and it’s very likely that I’ll buddy you back. Let’s tackle this thing. :)

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Guest Character Interview: Cason Hendricks

Cason belongs to a friend of mine whose NaNoWriMo nickname is Cheetah, whose blog you can find here. Cason is from Cheetah’s project This is For Benji, and I’ve had the privilege of role playing with him numerous times. I hope you enjoy the interview. :)

 

Interviewer: How are you?

Cason: Excited! This is my second interview!

Interviewer: Shall we get started?

Cason: Yes please.

Interviewer: What is your name?

Cason: Cason Hendricks!

Interviewer: How old are you?

Cason: I am 15 years old.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Cason: I have an older brother named Benji!

Interviewer: What is your job?

Cason: Jobs? I don’t have a job.

Interviewer: Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Cason: I am an introvert.

Interviewer: What is your favorite food?

Cason: I really love eating cookies.

Interviewer: What is your favorite color?

Cason: Red.

Interviewer: Why?

Cason: Because it’s the color of my team!

Interviewer: Do you prefer movies or books?

Cason: I like movies. They calm me down. Plus I like horror flicks. Another reason I like the color red, actually.

Interviewer: What is your favorite movie?

Cason: Hmmm… I would have to say… The Mummy with Tom Cruise!

Interviewer: What is your favorite animal?

Cason: I like Border Collies.

Interviewer: Why?

Cason: Because I’m a Border Collie.

Interviewer: Is there a job you’d like to have?

Cason: I think I’d like to work in the fast food industry. I’d look so cool in an apron and ball cap.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Cason: I like playing soccer, taking showers.

Interviewer: What traits do you look for in a potential wife?

Cason: …I don’t think I am ready to get married for about another seven years…

Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Cason: If I had to only choose one? Dang… Um… I think bravery. But kindness is important too.

Interviewer: And honest or selflessness?

Cason: Honesty. I think honesty is more important.

Interviewer: What is something you can never leave the house without?

Cason: My bone! I take it everywhere!

Interviewer: That’s the last question. *smiles* Thank you for your time.

Cason: It was my pleasure! Thank you for interviewing me. I like answering questions!

Character Interview: Tren Devlen

Tren is a secondary character in The Last Assassin, and the prince of Kaloris. He and Catessa become friends fairly early on in the book, and he introduces her to what turns out to be her favorite book. I hope you enjoy his interview.

 

Tren: *takes a seat across from the interviewer, looking rather tired* Hello.

Interviewer: Hello. How are you today?

Tren: I’m fine.

Interviewer: Well, let’s get started with this interview, shall we?

Tren: *nods*

Interviewer: What is your name?

Tren: Tren Devlen.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Tren: Nineteen.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Tren: A sister, Valea.

Interviewer: What is your job?

Tren: I’m the prince of Kaloris.

Interviewer: Are you an introvert or extrovert?

Tren: An introvert.

Interviewer: What is your favorite food?

Tren: I like apple pastries.

Interviewer: What is your favorite color and why?

Tren: Purple. It’s the color of the Kaloris national flag and my family crest.

Interviewer: What is your favorite book?

Tren: Paladins and Sages.

Interviewer: What is your favorite animal and why?

Tren: I like horses. They’re powerful, useful, beautiful.

Interviewer: Is there a job you’d rather have than the one you have now?

Tren: I might like to be a historian.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Tren: Reading.

Interviewer: What traits do you look for in a potential wife?

Tren: Someone strong, loyal, patient, and a reader.

Interviewer: Which of these is most important to you: Kindness, intelligence, or bravery?

Tren: Intelligence. The other two are useless if you don’t have intelligence to guide their use.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Tren: Honesty.

Interviewer: What is something you can never leave the house without?

Tren: A book.

Interviewer: That’s the last question. Thank you very much for your time.

Tren: *nods and leaves*

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