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Monday, July 7, 2014

Meet my character blog tour

Just a note that I do already have a book out. It is a different world from Morgandy's, but if you would like an idea of who I am as a writer or if you'd just like to follow me on Goodreads, here's the link.

I think I might do another version of this post where Morgandy actually answers in her own voice, but for now you get this:

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Her name is Morgandy Rainbear MacNeil. She is a fictional person.

2) When and where is the story set?
Morgandy’s story is set in modern day San Fransisco. While this fictional version of San Fransisco does have many recognizable real world elements, it is an inherently magical city. In Morgandy’s world magic has always been out in the open, and therefore therianthropes, witches, vampires, and so on have helped shape history from the earliest times.

3) What should we know about him/her?
Morgandy is a no nonsense homicide detective working San Fransisco’s Tenderloin district. She has to succeed at her job with very few resources even when solving high profile cases, since the Tenderloin police department is the smallest of its kind in the city. Morgandy also happens to be a witch, and uses her powers as investigative tools. The reader will see her call up ghosts, utilize magical shielding, take advantage of psychic awareness and more. Also, San Fransisco’s magical community operates on a spell barter system, and Morgandy has to complete various tasks in order to learn spells that will aid her in the story’s main conflict.

Morgandy has a temper and is always caught between her lack of patience for people bullshitting her and wanting to be a good cop who doesn’t throw her weight around. She takes on the complicated task of walking the middle road between corruption and getting the job done, especially since police officers are allowed to commit certain crimes themselves to keep their undercover personas intact. Morgandy’s limits will be tested in just such a way in the course of the book.

She also struggles with her mixed heritage. While she has both Irish and Salish blood, her looks mark her as a person of color and she experiences discrimination and difficulties because of this. However, despite a close relationship with her Native American father, her cultural connection to the reservation and the rest of her family is in shambles. She resists repairing these rifts, because she perceives a lack of empathy from the Native side of her family. Of course, perspective can be a funny thing and it’s often incorrect. Whether she manages to accept her heritage and therefore herself is something only reading the book can truly answer!

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Morgandy’s tale has two main conflicts. One is professional, the conflict between wanting to execute a successful undercover sting and the lengths Morgandy is willing to go to in order to accomplish that. The other conflict is personal. Morgandy had a serious accident as a child—a fall from her favorite horse—but she has the deeply unsettling sense that she might not know the whole story.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?
Morgandy wants to be a credit to her uniform and has sacrificed the possibility of personal relationships in pursuit of this goal. Other than her best friend Serafina, Morgandy is a loner, ambitious and willing to do what it takes to resolve conflicts and bring criminals to justice.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The working title for this novel is Aim For Blue, and there are several excerpts available at my blog. Follow my blog for further updates on this title. There is an Aim For Blue tag that should take you to all the excerpts.

7) When can we expect the book to be published?
Any date I give would be a very rough approximation, but I hope to have the first draft more or less done by the coming fall.

I'm tagging Avery Teoda , so go to his blog a week from now to see his character interview.

Thanks to Melissa Veracruz for inviting me to be part of this tour. Melissa grew up in a tiny Texas town. She’s still in Texas, in the Houston area. She and her husband are raising three children and a handicapable Chihuahua. She began telling stories in her head as a small child and recently found out she could write it all down (using cheap clicky pens). Her debut novel, Absolutely, is the first in the Larson, Texas Series.



And Katheryn J. Avila has always dreamed of being a published author, and recently, that dream has come true! Her novel, Reckoning, is the first in a paranormal sci-fi trilogy she’s titled The BreachReckoning tells the story of Lexia, a young woman who discovers that she’s psychic and is thrown into the dangerous world of the supernatural, where she must place her trust in an unexpected ally in order to protect her family.

Twitter: @katheryn_avila

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