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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. 🙂

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

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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: Cáel

Hello everybody!

This week on Character Build I’m focusing on the best friend to the main character and Prince of the North – Cáel. As many in the north have ginger hair and light complexion it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Cáel follows suit. With his curly ginger locks, pale skin covered in freckles, and strong bone structure similar to his father it is clear Cáel’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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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. 🙂

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.

 

 

Characters in Book One: Child of the Light

Earlier this week I asked if anyone wanted me to share anything about the P6 book series, and as per the lovely Donna Lynn’s request I wrote out a brief paragraph introducing each character from book one.

When I complete the rough draft for book two I’ll do another character post but at this point in time characters may still change or be removed from the story. So, it is best to leave that until I have a better idea of the final draft. 🙂

Here we go:

Caldor Lefwid:

Caldor is the first character introduced in the Child of the Light. He is an old sage specializing in the field of medicine. He is one of twelve people in all of Gaitan granted the title of Master Healer. He’s a forward, logical thinker with the issue of assuming his answers are always right. He doesn’t believe in religion, prophecies, or other worldly beliefs. He believes that everything has a logical answer proven by science and he will not sleep until he finds it.

His responsibly in Demor is to care for the sick prince and to find the cure for the boy’s ‘incurable’ aliment. He enjoys taking challenges that appear impossible and asks for little help from those he doesn’t consider at his level of intelligence. He cannot connect to others emotionally, which leads to some interesting situations.

Cáel – The Prince of Derm:

Cáel is the only son of the northern king and heir to the throne of Derm. When he is not suffering from his aliments his favourite activities are playing his lute and telling stories to his caretakers. Unable to leave his bed or special chair, the boy spends most of his time dreaming of what it is like to go on adventures around Derm and hopes that one day he will get to see all of Gaitan. He rarely complains about his situation and is a great listener.

Foe – Lord of Demor & Steward of Derm:

Best friend to the King, Foe has a mysterious background. We know he was part of the frontlines for some time but he doesn’t speak much of it. As a seasoned warrior and now father, he keeps much of his time at the front to himself. Even his wife – the fair and kind Detress of Demor – doesn’t know much of what he has done for his country.

Foe is a friendly, childish fellow. He is Caldor’s confidant, and trusted companion in his adventures across the western valley. When Caldor can’t relate to human emotions it is Foe that steps in and gives a situation a human touch. He may at first appear threatening but those that let themselves get to know the Lord of Demor realize quickly that he’s just a big, blond teddy bear.

Charn – the Northern King:

Stubborn, set in his ways, and openly mistrusting of outsiders, the Northern King isn’t really the most welcoming man. If not for Foe, Caldor wouldn’t have been placed as Master Healer of the Prince. He believes that Liora is a threat to Derm because of the people she is born from and disapproves of her relationship with his son. Sometimes his behaviour gets him in trouble with the council or with his friends but everyone just sighs and accepts that is just how Charn is. He lets his emotions take control over logic, which results in causing more problems then just letting something go. It takes a really long time to gain the man’s trust, but if patient it can happen.

Liora:

From the Western mountain city of Morza and granddaughter to the Master Healer Naygu, Liora is not only talented in healing but also incredibly determined. Forced to leave her home due to the slaughter of her people, Liora escapes to Derm to try and find refuge. First running across Pellar, she quickly discovers that she is no longer the same person she was before leaving Morza. That something had happened the night of the massacre that awoke some kind of ability to see the future.

Upon meeting Caldor and Foe we quickly discover that Liora is going to be a stubborn, forward thinking, honest character. She is young – fourteen – and follows the ways of her people, which is ‘always be honest as honesty is always the best.’ Like Charn, Liora goes with her emotions than with her logic. She usually ends up in trouble due to not considering the consequences first. That or her curiosity gets the better of her. It takes time for everyone to accept Liora for who she is, and it takes Liora time to adapt to her new surrounds. Cultivating a deep friendship with both the prince and Foe’s son, Liora discovers that the North isn’t all that bad.

Pellar:

Pellar is a pellar. We do not learn his real name and possibly never will. This wild man dressed in fur, with matted hair, smelling of body odor is – according to him – a talented healer. Pellars are alternative healers using methods not yet proven by the University of La’reen to actually work. Caldor scoffs at people like Pellar and tries to avoid little contact with them as possible. Unfortunately for Caldor, he’s forced to interact with the wild man due to the relationship he’s made with Liora. It was Pellar that took care of her prior to the girl going off to live in Demor and the girl doesn’t appear to want to let the relationship fade.

Marcia – Detress of Demor:

The wife of Foe and mother of Druce, the Detress is known to be a motherly woman to all that fall in her care. Taking Liora under-wing, Marcia becomes a mother figure to the girl and helps the girl believe that everything will work out. As she was a trained healer by the Sisters of Mercy, Marcia also assists in tending to the prince when Caldor is off studying or gallivanting about Gaitan. She can be strict but rarely shows that side unless you truly deserve it. She’s the voice of reason not only to Foe, but to Charn. Marcia only wants the best for Liora but sometimes that means she will try and force the girl into things Liora doesn’t wish to do.

Druce:

He is the son of Marcia and Foe. He is around six in the first book and is quiet. When he isn’t with his mother or father, Druce can be found clinging to Liora. Druce enjoys learning about Liora’s culture and also picks up on the Morzi language quickly. He loves to write and finds languages fascinating.

 

Sisters of Mercy:

To put simply, these are nuns of the North. They follow the belief that Darkel – the God of Earth and Wind and the father of the Dermite – left behind a book of rules that the people of Derm are to follow. Of course as time went on and the world changed not everyone followed the rules of the book as closely. The Sisters of Mercy are those who dedicate their life to their God in hopes of pleasing him enough to bring good fortune to their people. They do not like outsiders. They hate those resembling the South, and they sometimes go overboard in trying to protect the monarchy. Still, a small amount of Sisters do accept anyone needing their help and have been known to take women of lower status into the cloth in hopes of giving them a better life and education.

Sisters of Mercy do not marry and if they choose to dedicate themselves to a mortal man they are forced to leave the cloth. Some Sisters may ostracized the one leaving but due to the relationships built over the years of living together most stay in contact with the Sister who has left.

Chaos Singers:

These crazy preachers are followers of Kanrow’s Prophecy – Prophecy Six. They throw away their worldly belongings to stand on wooden boxes in the streets and sing the verses of the prophecy to those willing to hear. They are found gathering in larger cities – like Demor – to sing their chorus after a large catastrophe has occurred. They believe their job is to remind the people of Gaitan of the six signs and that in time an era of peace will come.

No one likes them. No one believes them but there are thousands of them across Gaitan. Their dedication to the Prophecy makes people uneasy, and most believe that they are not well in the head to be preaching about a book written by – what they consider – a crazy old man.

Snippet from Book 2: Emery and the Keepers

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WARNING: Before reading this I would like to let you know that this has not gone through the editing process. This may change when going through the final review of the book before publishing. May edit this later when I’ve gotten some sleep. With that said, I really like this part of the book and I hope you will enjoy it.  🙂

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Walking down the uneven wooden steps leading down to the rocky shore, Liora made her way to the rushing white water. The current was strong. No doubt it was powerful enough to wash away a tree yet alone a person with no issues.

It was hard to keep her balance on the uneven ground but after getting her footing flat atop two rocks she crossed her arms, taking a breath to admire the view. The dam was no longer in one piece. The center of the large wall had collapsed. A pile of uneven pieces were along upper level of the shoreline. There were no fishermen on the plateaus. The only people that seemed to be part of the village were those behind her carrying on their days.

“You!”

Liora spun around to see the white haired girl two paces away. Her lavender eyes were wide, her jaw a jar.

“Me?” Liora was unsure why the girl sounded so shocked.

“You can’t be here… you can’t be real… you – you’re a dream,” the girl stuttered.

“I assure you I’m as real as you are… although I should be the one surprised since I saw you in my dream,” Liora stated, noticing the girl’s light brow wince. “Then again… I’m starting to get used to strange things in my dreams… since I’m a seer.”

“Seer?” the girl’s face scrunched at the word.

“A northern word for – you know what never mind… I’m here to help you,” Liora waved her hand before taking a step towards the girl who took a step back.

“Help me? I don’t even know who you are,” she snipped, looking around again, “you shouldn’t even be here… yo…you need to leave. Now.”

“Hey, I just got here. I’m here ’cause you asked me for help,” Liora stated. The girl shook her head.

“Again, I don’t know what you’re talking about. I didn’t ask for help. I don’t know who you are. You have to leave now before they find out you’re here!” the girl hurried towards Liora, turning her around before pushing on her back towards the other set of stairs leading to the bridge which led back to the forest.

“No, wait!” Liora resisted.

“No time!”

“Yes, time,” Liora spun to the side, watching the girl stumble forward catching herself as she gave Liora a glare. “What’s your name? Who are they? Why is there no time?”

“Do you always ask questions at inconvenient moments or are you being difficult because you just don’t like taking orders?” the white haired girl snipped, crossing her arms.

“That’s not answering my questions,” Liora glared.

They stood there for a moment in silence. The strange girl was taller than Liora had first expected her to be. Almost half a head taller than she was.

“Emery,” she sighed, looking to the side, “my name’s Emery.”

“See, now was that really that hard?” Liora asked, giving a smirk. “I’m Liora – but people call me Li.”

“Well, Liora, as much as I’d love to discuss in full and complete detail as to why you’ve decided to come here, you need to le–“

There came a rumbling of thunder as Liora turned in the direction of the dam. The dam was gone the water was low, there was no risk of the flood she had dreamed of. The sky was clear and there didn’t look to be a storm rolling over the mountains.

“Damn it…” Emery leapt, grabbing Liora’s hand. “They know you’re here– if they find you.”

“They’ll kill me?” Liora asked, watching the girl peer back.

“If you’re lucky!” Emery pulled Liora up the steps back towards the bridge leading into the city from the forest.

Halfway up, Emery halted, moving down one step at spotting who stood above them. There were two figures dressed in robes. They had been the people from her dream.

There was a woman on the left whose blonde hair escape the hood of her robe. Her eyes were shadowed but there was a smile on her lips that made Liora’s skin crawl. Beside the woman was a man, who chose not to hide his face from them. His brown eyes and messy hair reminded her of Pellar – though this man was better dress sharing a similar unnerving smile.

“Em, always trying to be the hero,” the woman said, while wagging her finger. Her black eyes were dark night as they peered down from the steps above.

“Pointless, pointless,” the man gave a full toothed grin.

Emery let go of Liora’s hand before glancing back. There was something in her lavender eyes that made Liora’s stomach flip.

“Run!” Emery shouted, charging the two adults before them as Liora tore passed.

The figures toppled to the ground as Emery lay on top of them, keeping them pinned. Liora took the steps two by two and when at the top she looked back down.

Emery was gone. The two figures were starting to stand as Liora bolted for the bridge. Liora wanted to turn back and question them but she couldn’t stop herself from running. Emery had wanted her to run and that’s what she was going to do.

Just as she reached the other side of the bridge her body shook as she toppled backwards onto her back. What had she hit?

There was no wall. There was nothing before her.

Standing, Liora put out her hand as she watched the air ripple like water before her. There was something there but she didn’t know what it was. It was like the air had turned solid… but that wasn’t possible. Such a phenomenon couldn’t exist. Unless…

“We won’t let you leave girl,” the man hissed.

Liora clenched her fists before turning to face the two standing, now in the middle of the bridge. She couldn’t run passed them. There was no other way around them either.

“Where’s Emery‽” Liora growled, taking a step towards them. “Where is she‽”

“Safe, I assure you,” the woman muttered, lifting a hand.

“And me… what are you going to do to me?” Liora’s voice wavered, as she forced down the tears welling up in the corner of her eyes. Her nails dug into her palms distracting her from the fear and worry that bombarded her mind.

“Such a tone – you’re going to be our guest. It’s been a while since we’ve had one. We’ve wanted some entertainment for a while now,” the woman licked her teeth like a snake tasting the air.

Entertainment? Liora’s stomach churned at the sweetness in the woman’s voice. The way she had said it made Liora’s skin crawl and hair stand on end.

“I’ll leave. You don’t have to do anything,” Liora bartered.

The two strangers laughed.

“Nonsense, you’re one of us now,” they looked at each other, smiling ear to ear, “you will never leave.”

Liora turned back to the translucent wall, hitting her hands against it in hopes it would break open. Upon her second hit she heard a snapping of fingers from behind as the world faded to black.

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