Character Interviews and Aesthetics

Character Interview: Reed Mercer

I finally get to introduce you to Reed, my second POV in Thrown to The Blue. He is my cutthroat thief, a prince of the streets.

If you want to learn more, download your copy of Thrown to The Blue.

Interview:

How would you describe yourself?

A man who favours loyalty and family above all else.

Are you sure your loyalty lies in the right place?

Ye like to tread a fine line, eh? My loyalty lies where I say it lies.

Do you believe in fate?

Fate, prophecy. I believe my life is tightly orchestrated. All lives are. Ye can nay deny that it was designed that I meet Ezra.

Did you ever doubt your role in her story?

Oh, it is her story, eh? I nay doubted Ezra, so that was enough.

What would you say is your worst trait?

That’s a foolish question. I think traits are a balance of personality. Good and evil lives in us all. Even ye.

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Character Interview: Adam Lovick

I’ve been waiting to introduce Adam Lovick to those of you who haven’t read my EVO Nation series.

He may not be the MC, but he is soooo important in the narrative. Adam is one of my favourite characters because he is simply a decent person.

Interview:

Adam, can you describe yourself in just three words?

Loyal, worry-wort, and determined.

Do you think some of your qualities are factors of your intense TORO training?

Qualities and faults; it’s just swings and roundabouts. I’m lucky that I still feel like me after what I went through – what all TORO went through. I wanted to keep those memories as a reminder, and I guess I get the benefit of the training in everyday life.

Would you go through it all again?

To be where we are now, with the people I call family… Definitely. Would I do anything differently? I would save a few more lives. Man, I miss so many people because of the war, but the war itself was necessary.

Describe being EVO in three words.

Can I describe the journey it has taken me on in three words? Self-discovery, acceptance, and obligation.

I also just want to add that I am bloody proud to be EVO.

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Character Interview: King

There are only two important characters in Zombie Playlist, Dagger, the MC you met last week, and King.

King effectively became Dagger’s conscience and reminder of the world before the apocalypse. King is good for her, although she won’t admit it, and I enjoyed weaving him into her life.

Interview:

Describe yourself in just three words.

Friendly, adaptable, and slightly annoying.

How are you dealing with the current state of the world?

You’ve just got to find your little slice of the world and protect it with all you have, whether that be a person or a home. I’m lucky to have both.

You and Dagger are an unlikely pairing. Did you know you’d be in some way significant to each other when you first me

At first, I knew she was my best bet at staying alive. She was tough… really tough. She was also hardened and cold. Dagger just needed reminding of connection and compassion and love. Aķkknd I needed someone to say it how it is. I don’t think unlikely pairing is the right summise… compatible pairing is more accurate..

Name three things that have helped you survived the apocalypse.

My humanity, luck, and Dagger (the person not the weapon).

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Character Interview: Dagger

Today’s interview is with Dagger, the protag (should I say anti-heroine) in my zombie novella, Zombie Playlist.

I LOVED writing Dagger. She is a sarcastic, straight talking, zombie apocalypse survivor, and a self proclaimed asshole, as only the assholes survive the apocalypse. Dagger was the character I was most nervous about releasing into the wild, but she received a fantastic reception. I hope you like her too.

Interview:

Dagger, why do you think that you survived a zombie apocalypse?

I know how to handle myself and I didn’t have anyone to drag my ass down. Plus, I’m an asshole… it helps.

Do you think I gave a fair appraisal of you in my introduction?

You forgot unapologetically beautiful, but yeah, it’ll do.

Could you give me some zombie survival tips?

1. Kill them before they kill you. That goes for the living as well as the dead, bitey assholes.

2. See point one.

There’s one person who might say that you’re not as cold and heartless as you first seem? What do you have to say about that?

Nothing.

Nothing at all?

*Smirks* Well, maybe you are shit at appraisals after all.

Okay, fair play. What quote do you choose to live by?

See zombie survival tip one.

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Character Interview: Teddie Leason

Theyda ‘Teddie’ Leason is the protag in my first book series, EVO Nation. I started taking notes and drafting parts of EVO Nation 9 years ago! I feel that Teddie has been with me much longer, and now, she’s here with you…

Interview:

Teddie, what do you want to be remembered as?

The girl who didn’t stop ’til it was done.

The best moment of your life?

The days after it all. I mean, it’s weird trying to figure out where I fit in this new world, but I wake up every day, I’m surrounded by people I love, and I get to just be Teddie, and not shared out as a million, distorted versions of myself. Seriously, everyone wanted a piece of who they thought I was.

The worst moment of your life?

Wow, I have so many and they all involve someone dying. I’d rather not go into detail.

What would you say are you best traits?

I’m loyal, I treat friends as family, and I’m strong willed.

What would you say are your worst traits?

Sometimes, I need to listen more to the people who care about me. Their advice is given in love.

What quote do you chose to live by?

‘Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.’

That is a quote by Charles. R. Swindoll. I have it framed on the wall. It was a gift from Adam.

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Thrown to The Blue Novel Aesthetics

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I have been Pinteresting the afternoon away, and thought, ‘why don’t I share my completed novel aesthetics board for Thrown to The Blue?’ So, here it is:

I am a big fan of using Pinterest to make novel aesthetic boards, and I thought my beta and ARC readers might appreciate a little glimpse at what was rattling around in my head when writing Thrown to The Blue.


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Novel Aesthetics Boards

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What are novel aesthetics?

Novel aesthetics are visual images that inspire and/or sum up your narrative.

There are many ways to create a novel aesthetics board: keeping a file on your PC or laptop, using Pinterest (I highly recommend), or the good, old fashioned way of using a notice board and pins. Think of it as a mood board for your novel.

You can find my EVO Nation series, novel aesthetics boards here (I do use the boards as a way to highlight important quotes from the books too):

Why make a novel aesthetics board?

If like me, you like visual inspiration, or just like to see your characters in person. A novel aesthetics board can be beneficial. I look at my boards and instantly understand why I saved the images I did. Sometimes, it’s not a specific reason ie that model resembles my character, but a feeling I get from the image.

If you use the internet to compile your aesthetics board, it is easy to share via social media. This is a fab idea for authors who have a fan base. You can make novel aesthetics boards for published books, and books you are currently working on; great teasers for what is to come in the narrative.You can pick as few or as many pictures as you like to sum up your novel in a quick glance.

Why I use Pinterest for my boards?

That’s simple. Type any description into the Pinterest search bar and there is bound to be a related image appear. Pinterest make it easy to compile all related images into one ‘board’. You can make these boards private or public, and can continue to add/ edit/ or delete your board.

Here are some novel aesthetics I have started to compile for my current WIP, Thrown to The Blue:

As you can see, visual images can really bring your vision to life. Do you have a novel aesthetics board? Do you work better with the images in your head? Do you have a unique way of storing your inspirational images?


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