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Concept Art for Emery Thermae

A while back I had the very talented Masha draw up a image of the Prophecy Six main character Liora. Since I loved her style and the way the image turned out I asked her to draw the other member of the Six who has been revealed in book 2- Children of Sirphan. I couldn’t wait to share her with you and I can’t wait to hear what you think. Without further delay, here is the concept art for Emery Thermae – the Child of Water and second of the Six.

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Character Build: Emery Thermae

Some of you have started to read book two, while others haven’t gotten around to reading it. Either way, you will likely hear about Emery Thermae. She is the second member of the Six – the child of water. Her character was an interesting challenge and has grown into one of my favourites. With a history as Menk’s draper apprentice, Emery has a passion for making and creating new outfits for herself and others. She is a little bit of a prude, unable to understand why Liora likes to tend to other peoples problems when it is clear she has her own issues to deal with. Emery is forward and loves to tease people – especially Cael and other male peers. As the second of the Six she is the support character for Liora. She is Liora’s big sister and first female friend closer to Liora’s age. Although the two girls have different personalities and interests, they stand by one another and clearly have a connection.

It took a while to develop Emery’s physical appearance. I knew I wanted the two girls to be opposites. Liora has dark hair, darker skin, and a tomboyish personality. Emery has hair light hair, light skin, and a girly personality. Both girls are set in their ways, but both run into barriers in society. Liora is facing gender policing for wanting to take part in “boy activities”, while Emery is being ostracized for being the person she wants to be. As time goes on Emery will grow into a stronger character and in her own way become her own kind of badass.

Fun fact: Thermae was a name for a facilities for bathing in ancient Rome. As Emery’s parents owned the local bathhouse in Menk, her last name is reference to her parents’ business. ūüôā

Now, what was the character design I made for Emery?
That’s¬†right here:

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Dialogue Prompt: A Goal is Great!

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“Having a goal is great but let me ask you – how the hell do you plan on reaching it?” He narrowed his eyes. The girl before him just smirked, knowing the plan that was in her head that she had yet to share with anyone else in the group.

“Let me worry about the details. You’re on a need to know basis at this point on… I just need you to trust me, ‘ight?” Her sweet voice calmed the tension of the situation as the three men glanced at one another. They all had knowledge of the field outside the tent. Each man had done a good deal of fighting in there time but when it came to diplomacy, she had them beat.

It was Foe, her long time friend and mentor that nodded in agreement to her stipulations followed by her fiance and then her good friend. She knew these men trusted her with their lives but she also understood it was difficult for Dermite soldiers to take orders from a woman. She was grateful they were giving her such respect.

 

Character Build: Foe

This week’s character build is focused towards one of my most well liked characters of the Prophecy Six Series though far. He is a father figure, friendly, and at times childish but his good heart makes up for his short comings. He is a loving husband and a good father to his son. This week’s build is for Foe, Steward of Derm and Lord of Demor. So, let’s see the build:

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Character Build: C√°el

Hello everybody!

This week on Character Build I’m focusing on the best friend to the main character and Prince of the North – C√°el. As many in the north have ginger hair and light complexion it shouldn’t come as a surprise that C√°el follows suit. With his curly ginger locks, pale skin covered in freckles, and strong bone structure similar to his father it is clear C√°el’s a Northerner.¬†Here’s the build I made for reference. Enjoy! ^.^

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Character Builds: Liora

When it comes to writing about characters sometimes it’s helpful to have a general collection of images to reference. I use this as a resource and it is easy to add to it with each book I create. Today I’m focusing on the main character of the Prophecy Six SeriesLiora – as she is the one with the most description and is in all sense the most important of the characters to get the details right with. So, here is the character build I made for her:

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Her clothing style may change and as the book continues there will be new scars I’ll have to add for reference but for the first book this is what I had planned. These images help me visualise the character and make them consistent through the pieces I’m constructing.

I made this in MS Paint and I’ve found it very helpful compared to my old method of hunting through my notes or books for the details I’ve written about her. I hope this method will help some of you in your writing process when approaching character creation. ūüôā

Writing Prompt: Well…

Hello World Out There World!

It has been a while since I’ve posted a writing prompt, which is why I’m posting one that made me laugh when I spotted it a couple of weeks back. We’ve all had this moment where the only words that come to our minds in certain situations is, “Well, shit”. I know I have…

So without further delay here is my response to this Pinterest post:

They pushed out the narrow passageway and into the damp city streets. The yellow glow of the street lamps flickered as the warm summer rain danced down from the rooftops surrounding them. The smell of humid decay of the garbage in the gutters mixed with the freshness of the late evening rain.

Liora turned back, holding tight to Emery’s hand, as they both stared back at the narrow, hidden, passageway. Where was Gornard? He was just behind them… at least she believed he was. She swore she had heard him calling for her to run. She thought he was the one pushing her through the small passage made of barrels and boxes in the shipyard.

He couldn’t have been taken. He couldn’t have gone back.

“Where the hell is Gornard!?” Emery shouted, hurrying to look back into the passage that now resemble a large black void in the collection of goods.

Liora didn’t know the¬†answer to the question. She didn’t know where he ran off to… if he had ran off at all. Maybe someone had captured him? Maybe his injuries were too much for him to continue?

No.¬†Liora shook her head, clearing her mind of the negative thoughts.¬†I would have heard him… he left us… but why?

Just then an eruption of flames reached into the night sky from the far edge of the yard. The explosion was at least a block wide as the plume of smoke clawed at the black storm clouds overhead. There came another explosion as Emery jumped back.

As one, they blinked in confusion, then, together, they said, “Well, shit.”

“It has to be Gornard…” Emery pulled Liora towards the labyrinth of barrels and boxes. Her light brow knotted as she gnawed at her cheek.

“Em, wait…” Liora pulled on her hand, but it was pointless. The white haired girl already had her mind set. They were going to investigate even if they didn’t know what they would discover.

Creating A Character In Five Steps

So, I’ve finished and published 1 book and I’m in the process of editing the second book… which means I think I have some knowledge I can share about character creation.e727e12b92b7b30ec7e2799bc3c24309c359d1cd_hq

I will be honest with you… I get super attached to my characters. There are times I will hold conversations with them to work out situations. I will draw them out or talk about them with people as if they were real. I don’t think I’m alone with this… at least I hope I’m not. After all, all writers are a little crazy. ūüôā

Anyways, I’ve been asked a few times and those in my writers group have discussed our ways of building characters… which I guess has led me to posting these steps. Hopefully these will help you or at least start you on the path of creating your characters. ūüôā

Step one: What’s in a name?

django-unchained-quotes-1Although some people may not think about this, naming your character is like bringing forth new life. When you were born your parents gave you a name. Everyone has a name. This name is what makes you, you. Now, when it comes to your character you can spend hours on a name, but here are some things that will cut down time.

What are some main traits you want your character to have?

What themes does your character represent?

What gender is your character?

Now that you have answered those questions, the next big thing is research. That’s right, research.

All names have meanings, and you don’t want your character’s name to represent something that your character might not be. A good website I use to find names for my character is¬†Behind the Name. This site gives you names from different cultures, eras, and their meanings.

Example:

Alex

Some traits Alex has are dependable, protective, and friendly.

He is the hero; a defender/ leader in his group of friends.

Gender – male

When looking up the name¬†Alex, you find the root name¬†Alexander. Clicking on¬†Alexander¬†it brings you to a new page that explains that¬†Alexander¬†means “defender of men” or “to defend/help”.

As you can see, just by choosing the name you get some basics about your character.

Step Two: Likes and dislikes

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You have things you like, and things you don’t like. I like sushi but I don’t like tuna. I like hiking but I don’t like biking. Your character has these likes and dislikes as well. They may not have a choice when it comes to things they don’t like because they could have allergies. They may be forced into liking something because they have a crush on someone they wish to impress or a friend they don’t want to upset.

Don’t just make a list, but also make reasons to why your character likes and dislikes things.

Example:

Alex likes football because it reminds him of the Sunday mornings his dad would take him to the field to watch the college team practice.

Alex¬†likes grilled cheese because it’s the only food he can make without burning.

Alex¬†dislikes his math teacher Mr. Hamel because no matter how hard he tries the guy just doesn’t give him a break.

Alex¬†dislikes swimming because he drown in a pool when he was six at his friend, Ryan’s, birthday party.

Step Three: Goals

Everyone has goals. Let them be as small as passing a test, or as big as becoming a world famous Pokémon master; these goals will help ground your character.

Example:

goalsAlex wants to ask Heather out.

Alex¬†wants to pass Mr. Hamel’s math class.

Alex wants to become a game developer.

Alex wants to help Ryan get over being dumped.

These goals help your character grow throughout the story, and give you ideas to develop your character’s relationships.

Step Four: Voice

tb2jsbzEveryone has their own way of talking. Some people are loud, others are reserved. Some people dramatize, others are straight to the point. Some are rude, some have accents and some have under developed verbal skills. Your character’s voice is their way of communicating with the reader about what is happening around them, so take some time to think of how your character sees the world.

Example:

Alex¬†chooses his words carefully, and swears when he gets upset. Alex loses track of what he is talking about when in large social situations and can come across as awkward to people he doesn’t know.

Step Five: Mock Conversations

You thought I was going to say appearance, didn’t you? I’ll have you know, appearance isn’t everything.

tumblr_lidu1habn01qakh43o1_400You can change the way your character looks just as much as people change their own hair colour or clothing. So, why did I choose mock conversations? Simple. It’s the conversations that develop your character’s personality and relationships with others.

How do you create mock conversations? Simple. Think of a possible situation your character may get in and write it out. You may never use this in your final work, but then again, maybe you will. It may sit in a file for a few years, or be placed in your story from the start. Just because you wrote it down doesn’t mean it MUST be used.

To give you an idea, I make three word files when creating a story. 1 is the story, 2 is ideas and information about the story, 3 are potential conversations and mock situations. I don’t know how many times I used stuff from file 3, but I’ll tell you this, whenever I have writer’s block creating a mock conversation with my characters helps free my mind 95% of the time.

Plus, it’s fun!

Mock conversations can be based in the world you have created for your characters, or you could place them in a whole new environment and see how they react. Think of Sims. They have traits and environment, but they all act completely independent from each other.

Example:

Alex is a teenage boy in high school, but I can place him in a coffee shop on a university campus. This poses questions like:

How did he get there?

Why is he there?

Is he meeting someone? If so, who?

Does he order anything?

How does he act when approached by the waiter/waitress?

And so on and so forth…

Mock conversations can be as short as a paragraph or as long as several pages. It all depends on your muse and if the situation develops on its own. Don’t over think when you are writing mock conversations. Let your characters speak for themselves and answer the questions your have thought about.

 

 

Merely A Human

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I looked around the room.

Every coloured eye was glowing back in the flashing lights of the underling club. I was an idiot to think bring Royce to this place was a good idea. He was a mere rat in a room full of hungry cats now that I had the moment to think about it.

There by one of the standing tables was a group of vamps drinking their bloody mary’s and eyeing up the guy that I was no responsibile for. If I didn’t care so much I would have left him on his own in a place like this, but something about this guy had grown on me like the mould in the corner of a gym bathroom.

I didn’t like the fact his partnership was causing me to work around what I would normally do. It wasn’t like I could hide him here. Most in this room relied on scent to hunt and they liked the jelly meat suits of humans over their veggatarian diets of donar blood.

“They don’t look that weird,” Royce whispered, drawing my attention back to him. He stood beside me, his eyes looking over the room. “I was excepting…”

“Bladerunner? Night of the Living dead type shit?” I spat, rolling my eyes.

Of course he’d think that. The upperlings always had their wild imaginations. They painted us out to be monsters and sure some of us were but not all. Some of us were just like those mortals that controlled the city above. But, it was harder to explain that than just letting his little monkey brain come up with his own explaination.

“Stick close,” I growled.¬†I pulled him to my side, wrapping an arm around his neck. “If anyone asks you’re my food.”

He smirked, nodding his head as he wrapped an arm around my waist.

Royce was handling this whole underling thing better than I had thought. Most humans would have been panicking or would have tried getting away. This guy didn’t do that. He kept his cool and pulled in close as if I had put him under some kind of trance.

Pretty close. Smells nice. Freaky glowing eyes. 

I wanted to laugh at his thoughts. They jumped between me and the room. Not that I was going to let on that I could hear them. He was a monkey, letting his hormones control his mind until something caught his attention pulling his thoughts from my scent to whatever.

The eyes of the patrons watched me more than my partner. Their looks of confusion and up turned lips of disgust made it obvious our presence was ruining their vibe. That was fine. I rarely spent time in places like this any more. They could think whatever they wanted about me. I was here for information.

“You!”

There came a hissing from behind me as a red eyed vamp stopped before us. Her eyes danced over Royce, while she licked her lips. This creature must have sense Royce’s heartbeat and smelt the sweat that stained the collar and pits of his shirt. She slinked closer, sniffing the air.

“Piss off,” I snarled, pushing the vamp back as she hissed. “He’s mine.”

“No one own’s a upperling sweetheart,” the vamp hummed, moving closer again, “not in this place.”

I rolled my eyes, pulling Royce closer. He was a head taller than me and if I was in the upper level he would be the threatening one. Here he was nothing. He was just food.

“Do you know what I am?” I growled, lunging forward to wrap my fingers around the vamps throat. “I eat pests like you for breakfast.”

“And what, that male there is your dessert?” she chuckled.

I let her throat go, stepping back to wrap my arms around Royce’s waist. He was stiff as a board, unsure what I was ¬†doing but he knew better than to cause a scene in a place like this. I ran my fingers up his button shirt, loosening his tie before peering back at the vamp.

“He’s nothing but food,” I whispered. Royce placed his hand on my back, looking at me with his charming smirk. “Merely a human.”

The vamp hissed, storming off into the crowd as I let Royce go. His heart still raced as he averted his eyes from my glance. His face was flushed as he breathed through his nose.

“It’s all right, Royce. You’re not the first human to fall for me.”

Is she serious? Must be a joke… should I…

He laughed, shaking his head. The flush in his cheeks brighter than before when I didn’t join in his moment of embarrassed humour.

 

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