A big thank you to Thaddeus White for handing over to me. Thaddeus is one of the best fantasy writers I know and his knowledge of the genre is used to fantastic comic effect in Sir Edric’s Temple, quite simply the funniest fantasy story I’ve ever read. Here’s the link to his blog:
And now to the questions:
1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Kare Varnon is the heir to a fictional galactic empire. We first meet him as a child and follow his progress through to adulthood.
2) When and where is the story set?
The story is set in the future, in a galactic cluster governed by an Empress. The centre of power, a great city of green surrounded by desert, is called Abendau, and is where Kare was conceived and born, and where he’s been running from ever since.
3) What should we know about him/her?
He’s the only child of the Empress and should be her assured heir, but his Seer father warned of a horrific future should he side with his mother. Because of that he joins the rebels, an act the Empress sees as opposition, and she isn’t a lady who takes opposition well.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
The early conflict is Kare’s knowledge of his future, and his fear of it. His decision to stand against his mother, regardless of that knowledge, is pivotal to the character he becomes.
When his mother does catch up with him, she uses him as an example to anyone who would stand against her and he undergoes a horrific ordeal that changes him forever. The conflict is how he responds to that, and where it takes him to, both mentally and physically.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
To be free. He doesn’t want to be Emperor, or defacto heir for the rebels. He wants to pull down everything his mother has constructed. But he’s constrained by who he is and what he represents to those around him, and by the political balance of power.
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The book is called Abendau’s Child and a little more about it can be found at www.jozebedee.com
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
It’s being published in Autumn 2014 by Tickety-boo press.
I’m handing the blog over to my fabulous writer friend E.J. Tett, who (as Emma Jane Tett) has two novels coming out in 2014: Otherworld ( with Liz Powell) from Torquere Press (November), and Shuttered from Dreamspinner Press (December).
She has also published many short stories, too many to list, but here’s a link to her blog, which contains a full bibliography.