Tag Archive: The Dark War Trilogy

Character Interview: Charette Audrian

Charette is an Elf from Shae-Nir, Kaloris, but she lives in the capital of the country, Cron Hatal, because she doesn’t care much for Shae-Nir’s values and she much prefers the company of humans with less of a moral code. The phrase “femme fatale” fits her rather well.

Charette: *takes a seat and elegantly crosses her legs* Hello.

Interviewer: Hello. How are you today?

Charette: Fine. How are you?

Interviewer: I’m fine. Shall we get started?

Charette: *nods once*

Interviewer: What is your name?

Charette: Charette Russe Audrian.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Charette: Twenty-five.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Charette: Not anymore. I left my family behind.

Interviewer: You care about them that little?

Charette: *shrugs* They believe the same things as all the other Elves. They’re narrow-minded and I was stifled with them. They never understood me, I never understood them, so it wasn’t too hard to leave. *she glances at the floor for a moment, then back at him* May we return to the script?

Interviewer: *nods* What’s your job?

Charette: Whatever circumstances require. Most people call me a spy. I say I’m more of a shapeshifter.

Interviewer: Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Charette: *smirks a bit* Like I said, I’m a shapeshifter.

Interviewer: What is your favorite food?

Charette: Chocolate.

Interviewer: Favorite color?

Charette: True blue.

Interviewer: What is your favorite book?

Charette: Ildren and Miara.

Interviewer: What is your favorite animal?

Charette: Cats.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Charette: Singing. Other than that, I like to mingle with the crowds and observe.

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

Charette: Intelligence.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Charette: Honesty.

Interviewer: As a shapeshifter, couldn’t people consider you dishonest?

Charette: *smirks* Many do. You asked me which one I considered more important, not whether or not I truly value them.

Interviewer: I suppose that’s true. What do you value, then?

Charette: Intelligence and cunning.

Interviewer: Is there something you can never leave the house without?

Charette: A tube of lipstick. *she wears a slight smirk*

Interviewer:  That was the last question. Thank you for your time.

Charette: Of course. *she’s still faintly smirking as she glides out*

Character Interview: Trax Shard

Trax Shard is a tracker from The Last Assassin. There’s not much more to say in the intro, so let’s just get into the interview.

Trax: *heads into the interview room and sits down, a cocky grin on his face* Hello.

Interviewer: Hello. How are you today?

Trax: Doing all right. How are you?

Interviewer: I’m fine. Shall we get started?

Trax: Go ahead.

Interviewer: What is your name?

Trax: Tersen Shard, but everyone calls me Trax.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Trax: Twenty-one.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Trax: No.

Interviewer: What’s your job?

Trax: I’m one of the most skilled trackers in Taur’Tahl. I was trained by Torin Outlander, our very finest.

Interviewer: Are you an introvert or an extrovert?

Trax: *grins* What do you think?

Interviewer: What is your favorite food?

Trax: Bear meat.

Interviewer: Favorite color?

Trax: Stone grey.

Interviewer: What is your favorite book?

Trax: I don’t read.

Interviewer: What is your favorite animal?

Trax: Bear.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies?

Trax: Having contests.

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

Trax: Bravery.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness?

Trax: Honesty.

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

Trax: A long knife.

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

Trax: Certainly. *heads out*

My Goals for the New Year

With a new year comes new goals, and mine are probably overly ambitious. But hey, “if you shoot for the moon you may land among the stars.” At least I’ll be farther along than I was. So, without further ado, here are my many goals for 2018.

1. Prepare The Dark War Trilogy for publishing

This was originally “Publish The Dark War Trilogy,” but after scheduling everything out I found that wasn’t doable, so instead I’ll be aiming to have them all finished and edited so they’re ready by the end of the year and I’ll aim to publish them in early 2019.

2. Publish House of Mages

I’ll wait to tell you the release date of this until we’re at least into 2018, but it’s toward the middle of the year. I’d like to have the editing finished by February, but I’ve given myself a buffer there because I’m not sure how well my parents’ schedules will accommodate that, and they’re helping me with it.

3. Read a novel per week

This is self-explanatory. I’ve also updated my blog schedule, so the second and fourth Thursdays of the month will be book review days, instead of the last day of the month.

4. Study the bible/pray for half an hour each day

Self-explanatory. I’m terrible at remembering to take time for this because I tend to get caught up in doing other things. Hopefully scheduling out my days since I have so much to do will help, instead of all the things to do distracting from it.

5. Publish The Heart of the Baenor

Part of this will be finding a new title, because the current title is pretty lame. Again, I won’t give away the launch date just yet, but it’s late in the year.

6. Get started on The Historian

This is a novella I’m planning that’s the backstory of Terlon Screll, Detren’s mentor in The Shadow Raven. This is scheduled to be started in October, and I’ll probably finish it during NaNoWriMo.

7. Win all three NaNoWriMo events

This one’s self-explanatory. I’d like to win April Camp NaNoWriMo, July Camp NaNoWriMo, and November NaNoWriMo. And I already know what I’ll be working on for each one.

8. Write 2k every day

Self-explanatory.

9. Do some Kersir worldbuilding every day

This is a fantasy world I’ve been developing that draws its inspiration from the Middle East. It’s a lot of fun to work on. You can read a little bit more about it on my “My Books” page.

10. Focus on one drawing technique each month

I’m not much of a visual artist, but it’s kind of a side-hobby for me that I use to aid in my writing. I’d like to get better, however, so next year I’d like to work on different drawing techniques.

11. Start making an income

I plan on starting toward this goal with short stories. My plan is set to publish three anthologies and three standalone short stories next year, in addition to the two novels mentioned before. The first anthology will be seven of the stories I’ve written as Christmas presents, and it’ll be published on January 15th. The next goes up on February 21st, and it’ll be a nine-story anthology called The Mirror-Hunter Chronicles, which is nine other short stories I’ve written as Christmas presents that all tie together. I’ll also be publishing This Is His Story on February 14th. Watch out for further news on all of those, and consider following my Facebook page for more frequent updates. There are others, obviously, but they’re later in the year and their release dates will be announced once they get closer.

Character Interview: Orsa Lars

Orsa is the sweet old lady of The Last Assassin… And also a suspect for murder. I love keeping my audience on their toes with her, because I love her and I love the possibilities with her.

Orsa: *comes in and gracefully takes a seat* Hello.

Interviewer: Hello. How are you today?

Orsa: I’m doing well. How are you?

Interviewer: I’m fine. A bit tired. Shall we begin?

Orsa: *nods once* Of course.

Interviewer: What is your name?

Orsa: Orsa Anise Lars.

Interviewer: How old are you?

Orsa: Fifty-three.

Interviewer: Do you have any siblings?

Orsa: I had an older brother, Aren. He died a couple of years ago.

Interviewer: I’m so sorry. What happened?

Orsa: His heart failed.

Interviewer: I’m sorry to hear that.

Orsa: *nods, looking pained at the memory, but composed*

Interviewer: *waits a moment* Do you mind if we go on?

Orsa: Not at all. *smiles a bit*

Interviewer: *nods* What is your job?

Orsa: I’m the high steward of Kaloris.

Interviewer: And what does a high steward do, exactly?

Orsa: I’m the king’s most trusted advisor, and when he’s gone I’m in charge of things.

Interviewer: It sounds like a weighty job.

Orsa: It is, but I’ve been at it for quite a few years.

Interviewer: I’m sure you do an excellent job of it. Next question, are you an introvert or extrovert?

Orsa: I think I’m right on the line between the two.

Interviewer: Do you know which one you lean toward?

Orsa: Probably introvert. I tend to be rather reserved, observant, and analytical before I know someone.

Interviewer: What is your favorite food?

Orsa: Lamb.

Interviewer: Favorite color?

Orsa: Maroon.

Interviewer: What is your favorite book?

Orsa: The Adventures of Florencine Lily. It’s one I’ve enjoyed since I was a girl, and it’s what got me into herbs and spices.

Interviewer: So you enjoy those?

Orsa: *nods* I’m the leading specialist of herbs, spices, poisons, and remedies in the Kaloran court.

Interviewer: Interesting. What is your favorite animal?

Orsa: I don’t have one.

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

Orsa: *shakes head* No. I’m happy where I am. If I were to get another job, though, it would be as a healer.

Interviewer: What are your hobbies, aside from herbal things?

Orsa: Singing, playing flute, and reading.

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

Orsa: Intelligence, with the bravery to use it well.

Interviewer: And honesty or selflessness.

Orsa: In a way you sometimes have to be selfless to be honest. Sometimes being honest would bring down someone’s opinion of you, and you have to lay aside your pride to be honest.

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

Orsa: My herb bags. You never know when you might need them.

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

Orsa: You’re very welcome. *leaves*

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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