Meet My Character: Blog Hop

I’m going to try not to get carried away with the topic of this blog hop*, which is “Meet my Character.” I can’t promise anything, though, because characters (and dialogue are the foundation) of my fiction writing.

Thank you to Jo Chumas for inviting me into the circle. Jo’s novel, The Hidden, was the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Winner in Thriller/Suspense. (That’s how I met her and my first vivid memory of her is walking arm-in-arm to the ceremony, lagging behind the crowd, giggling in gorgeous dresses.) In her post, she introduced us to her new character Rana Maddox and it made me excited to read her new novel, The Unforgiven.

The task she already tackled and the one before me today is to introduce you to a character of mine. I’m not sure why it makes me feel so vulnerable. Perhaps talking about a character outside of the story, at least, for the person who created the character seems oddly like talking behind that character’s back. So, I suppose if it’s just us, let’s take a few minutes and gossip about Jonathan Vane, Viscount Thaxton, the hero in my second novel.

{Questions from the blog hop prompt}

  • What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Jonathan Vane is the current Viscount Thaxton and future Earl Vane. He’s not a historic person in the least, but I always have historical touchstones for characters I’m writing and his were Houdini and Aaron Burr. 
  • When and where is the story set?
Spencer House, a country house in Bath, where Thaxton’s old friend Earl Spencer is hosting a party, 1884. 
  • What should we know about him/her?
That’s a pretty big question and I don’t want to give away too much of the plot while answering it. To understand him, however, starts with the way society treats him: as the mysterious outcast. The viscount has removed himself from the public almost completely, though he still occupies his London apartments with his father. It’s said that the old man is mad and his son cannot bear the burden.
  • What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
His life has been messed up for a good long time now, but he certainly did not want to be at a house party that will last a fortnight. The only reason he decided to attend was his friendship with Percy, who he has known since childhood. Leaving his self-imposed isolation, however, only comes with more complications. 
  • What is the personal goal of this character?
There are very few things Thaxton wants more than to just be left alone. 
  • What is the working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The title is The Thirteenth Earl and you’ll be able to read more about it very soon. I’m planning on posting an excerpt in November. 
  • When can we expect the book to be published?
You’ll know as soon as I do–it’s being read by some pretty wonderful people right now. 

I’m going to make myself stop here, so I don’t go all spoil-ery. Thanks again to Jo for including me in this–it was fun and made me think pretty specifically, which is really helpful during edits on the book.

And now for my nominations! The people whose characters I want to hear about are two people whose work I admire greatly: Eric Sipple and Rysa Walker. Rysa is the author of the CHRONOS files series and I admit I’m a fangirl. Eric is the author of the stellar Broken Magic and one of my favorite people on Twitter. Look for their posts next week!


*A blog hop is a promotional tool for writers, mainly focused on getting them to post on their blogs by holding them accountable to their friends. -Ed. 

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