This week, I’m joining another blog hop. I’m introducing Darna, who is the main protagonist in Scrapplings and in at least one of the later books in the series. I think she’ll be getting a little less surly as she grows up, but it’s not going to happen overnight.
1) What is the name of your character? Is he or she fictional or a historic person? Darna is a purely fictional character.
2) When and where is the story set? The story is set in a fantasy world loosely inspired by the ancient Mediterranean world. By “loosely inspired” I mean that I thought about some Greek myths and looked at some pictures, but did not do any heavy archaeological or historical study to shore up my world-building.
3) What should we know about him or her? Darna is about 14 years old at the beginning of this story. She has chip on her shoulder and a limp, which she gets teased about a lot. She’s independent to a fault and is trying desperately to make her own way in life.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his or her life? Darna can see dragons, but hardly anyone else around her can, apart from a few friends she meets on her way to Anamat city. Out of habit (and fear of being teased) she tries to hide her dragon-seeing ability, but it’s harder once she starts hanging around with Iola, who sees dragons everywhere and talks about it all the time. Meanwhile, other people keep trying to push Darna in directions that she doesn’t want to go. Her possible father, the prince of Tiadun, wants her to stay in the provinces and become his political pawn. Iola wants her to be a priestess. Then she starts selling scrap to foreign traders, and they want her to become a thief for them.
5) What is the personal goal of the character? Darna wants to be free of constraints, but she also really, really wants to join one of Anamat’s guilds. She’s especially drawn to the planners, who design everything from sea walls to temples. In the days when more people could see the dragons, they also aligned buildings with the dragon currents in the earth. It would be a way for Darna to use her ability to sense the dragons without being too obvious about it, but she needs to get away from the prince of Tiadun first, and also needs to get an apprentice fee somehow.
6) What is the title of the book(s), and where can find out more? Scrapplings is currently available on Amazon and has racked up a number of reviews on Goodreads. You can also read an earlier version of the first chapter on my blog at http://ameliasmith.net/2014/03/scrapplingschapterone/.
7) When was the book published? I published Scrapplings on December 1st 2014. It’s also available in paperback and will be for sale at non-Amazon ebook retailers in early March.
Last week, Ted Cross introduced his character Zoya Vladimirovna Drozdova at http://tedacross.blogspot.co.uk/2014/12/meet-my-character-blog-hop.html.
Patty Jansen will be introducing one of her characters next week. Meanwhile, here’s her author bio and a link to her blog:
Patty lives in Sydney, Australia, and writes both Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has published over 15 novels and has sold short stories to genre magazines such as Analog Science Fiction and Fact.
Patty was trained as a agricultural scientist, and uses a lot of biology in the background of her stories. Her next novel will be book 3 of the Space Opera Thriller Ambassador series.
Author website: http://pattyjansen.com/