Wednesday, November 21, 2012

December Blog Marathon: Hero and Heroines

December is just around the corner and I’m in the mood to celebrate. So, I am kicking off a blog marathon that will occur starting December 10th-14th.  Since I love characters—I wanted to focus on the Hero and Heroine of a story.  I chose mine from the current book I am writing.
I have tagged five writers (see below) who will blog during the week in December and each one will give away a prize (our Holiday Celebration). 
So come on in, sit down, grab your favorite drink and enjoy!
Book/Story you’ll be talking about (blurb):  Illumination (currently writing)
In an effort to stop a war darkling Mina started one. Fleeing her own kind who want her dead, she turns to Xander, her people’s mortal enemy for help, who faces a choice—help her and lose everything, betray her and regain it all.
Is it a stand alone book or part of series?  This is a second in a series and I’m trying to make this a stand alone. 

Hero/Heroine (or Protagonists):
Xander Fjordson—is a Mage
Wilhelmina (Mina) Tepes---is a Dark

What do they look like?
Xander is tall, lean, with blond hair and dark blue eyes. His face is all angles and planes. He’s accustomed to wealth, preferring suits.  
Mina is average height, slender, with a shock of spiky black hair, large brown eyes, and pointed face. She favors goth clothing and has silver piercings in her eyebrow, lip, nose, ears, and cheek.

What is their favorite food and drink?
Xander prefers a good well made steak and a glass of excellent Scotch
Mina adores cheese puffs or Cheetos, and likes to drink red wine with her friends.

What are they likely to wear to a formal event? (Would they even go to a formal event—why or why not?)
Xander thinks its part of his job to go to formal events—of course he would wear a tux, he’s always put together.
Mina loves to dress up—but is more likely to wear combat boots in a formal dress.  

What are they afraid of?
Xander is afraid of dreaming
Mina is afraid of spiders

If given orders --what is the first reaction?
Xander looks at who is giving the orders, is it someone higher ranking—he will consider following them. If he feels they are above them, he usually won’t take any order into consideration.
Mina does what she wants, when she wants. Orders are just suggestions to her.

What is their favorite color?
Xander loves green
Mina has a fondness for black and red.

What do they consider romantic?
Xander thinks a candlelit dinner is romantic, but in reality it’s different. Romantic to him is going to an art museum. (He’s going to find that what was normal for him before is going to change with Mina)
Mina thinks anywhere Xander is—is romantic. She’s easy to please. Well, if there is a taste of blood involved—even better.

What keeps them apart?
Xander and Mina are at opposing sides in a war.  They also struggle against ingrained prejudices and beliefs.
As a reader—what draws you to certain characters? Why?
I’m going to give away a $10 Amazon gift card (online) to anyone who can accept it. Please leave a comment and your email address like this:  john at yahoo dot com. I will announce the winner on Saturday!

The next five authors who will do the Marathon here at Romance Magicians are:
1.      December 10: Heather Leonard

2.      December 11: Carla Swafford

3.      December 12: Rashda Khan

4.      December 13: Suzanne Johnson

5.      December 14: Moriah Densley


Shanna Roberson said...

As a reader, I need to connect with the characters on some level whether it is through their faults or desires. I am more prone to fall for realistic characters with flaws; characters that are neither good nor bad. They are the gray area in between and it is those characters that can truly steal my heart. <3

Shanna Roberson
taghairmpyxi at aol dot com

M.V.Freeman said...

Exactly Shanna!
I'm with you completely. I fear I didn't show enough of them in this blog, but hopefully, and this is what a writer strives for, it comes out in the story iteself.

I also find this is what makes me like secondary characters. For some reason its easier to show the reader these flaws--and we love them for it--or not. Some are not very attractive flaws... :)

JoAnn said...

Believable motivation draws me to characters.
joannrweatherly at gmail dot com

M.V.Freeman said...

Hi JoAnn!

That is another good one--the motivation is critical. Do you find some genres have less motivation than others?

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Na said...

I am drawn to characters I can conect with, especially on an emotional level. I may or may not be able to relate to them but if I can feel them and they evoke emotions from me it means I care. Even if it's a villain and I don't agree with their actions if I see where they are coming from and understand them then Iam drawn.

M.V.Freeman said...

Hi Na,

I think emotion is critical with characters. You're right, emotions can make you empathize even if you don't like them.

Good point!

Suzanne Johnson said...

Fun comments and I can see the conflict between your characters already sizzling!

Carla Swafford said...

I so cannot wait to read this story. You know I love this world you've created. HUGS.

Cari Hislop said...

As a writer and reader, I love realistic characters who make me think...who by being themselves help me understand people in a new way (as well as making me laugh or cry - depending on the story). When I was in my early teens (once upon a time) I read this teen romance where the hero was blind.
I feel stupid to admit this, but it had never occurred to me that a blind person could fall in love. That one engaging character changed how I thought about all handicapped people. Strangely, I ended up marrying a man who is nearly deaf without his hearing aids (and practically blind without his glasses). The author of that romance wasn't trying to change the world, they just created engaging realistic characters.

M.V.Freeman said...

Suzanne, thank you!
I'm having way too much fun with them. Which is good, I think.... :)

I'm looking forward to your responses!

M.V.Freeman said...

Carla, thank you!
That totally humbles me! You know how I feel about your worlds as well! (Totally rockin') :)

M.V.Freeman said...

That is a wonderful thing--when a writer can engage you so much that it changes how you perceive things.
That takes great skill and I am awed by writers who can do that.

Thanks for stopping by! :)