A Blog Hop: Character Notes
Last week I was tagged in Elizabeth Caulfield Felt’s blog to participate in a “Meet My Main Character” blog hop. Her link is here, where she wrote about her current project, Snow White and the Queen.
She writes that it is being submitted to agents at the moment and a publication date will hopefully be forthcoming. So, thanks, Elizabeth, for letting me introduce you and other readers to Mari, of ODIN’S PROMISE.
Here are the blog hop questions, with my responses:
What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person? My main character is Mari, an eleven-twelve year old girl. She is entirely fictional, but her development was very much shaped by the research I did on the history surrounding her.
When and where is the story set? ODIN’S PROMISE takes place in Ytre Arna, a small village near the west coast of Norway. It spans the first year of the German occupation of her country during World War II. Hitler’s troops took complete control of Norway under the guise of being “friends” to “protect” them from the Allies. Although some Norwegians welcomed the Germans and cooperated, Mari and her family recognized this control as an invasion and loss of freedom. A side note: This was written long before the current Ukrainian/Crimean/Russian events. The daily news has eerily mirrored much of my research about the German/Norway relationship at that time in history, and my book released just this month.
What should we know about him/her? Mari is quiet and timid, a decade or more younger than her brother and sister. She has grown up relying on older, protective adults in a safe, quiet community. The occupation forces her to give up her “little one” nickname to make difficult decisions, assume responsibilities, and protect secrets. She relies on her faithful Norwegian elkhound, Odin, to share those secrets, to protect her, to never leave her.
What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life? As if these challenges weren’t enough, Odin makes an enemy of a pair of German soldiers who routinely patrol her village and surrounding mountains. The growing awareness of her family’s involvement in resistance efforts also requires her to examine her view that choices are always black and white. What is the personal goal of the character? Mari must find her voice, then decide when, where, and how to use it. She must also face the fact that choices and decisions are never as simple or clear cut as she used to think. Ultimately, she must make her own choices and live with them.
Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it? ODIN’S PROMISE is available for sale now (here), with an official publication date of May 17. An excerpt is on this website, and a giveaway is being offered until May 25 in connection with a review on Renee Cromier’s Mother-Daughter Book Review blog, here.
Now it is my turn to tag some other authors:
First tag goes to Wendy Orr: http://wendyorrjournal.blogspot.com
“I’m a Canadian born Australian author, mostly of books for children and young adults. My books include: Nim’s Island (the book that the film was based on), Nim at Sea, Peeling the Onion, Ark in the Park, The Princess and her Panther and Raven’s Mountain For a complete list, see my website,www.wendyorr.com” Wendy’s post on this hop will be delayed a few weeks due to travel commitments, but that gives you time to check out her prior posts and website.
Next tag goes to Sally Spratt: http://www.sallywrites.com
“I’m a writer, reader and lover of all things silly. I have two children’s picture books available on the MeeGenius app and a middle grade novel in the works.”
My final tag goes to Lili Wilkinson: http://liliwilkinson.com.au/blog
“I studied Creative Arts at Melbourne Uni, and then went and taught English in Japan for a while. When I came back, I got a job at the Centre for Youth Literature, at the State Library of Victoria, where I managed a website called insideadog.com.au, about books for teenagers. I’m now studying for my PhD and writing full time. I live in Melbourne.”
So there you have it, my character responses and some links that should offer peeks into the lives of very afferent characters, too. I know I’m looking forward to reading what Wendy, Sally, and Lili have to say about their characters.