I was invited to participate in my first Blog Hop! This one is focused on characters, so you’ll get a sneak-peek on what I’m currently working on. I was tagged by the awesome Jamie Maltman – you can read about Elysia, one of the main characters in his Arts Reborn series, on his web site.
Jamie Maltman writes historically-inspired Fantasy. He recently released book II of his Arts Reborn series, Blood of the Water, which follows the return of opposing forces of artistic creation and elemental destruction to a world where echoes of ancient Greece and Rome mix with the fantastical, with book III expected late 2014.
His work will also be featured in Beyond the Gate, an upcoming anthology of short stories set in the world of The Dream Engine, by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant.
Jamie is also the new co-host on the To Be Read Podcast.
When Jamie isn’t reading or writing, he’s probably enjoying time at his home in Richmond Hill, Ontario, Canada with his wife and two young sons, playing some kind of board or computer game, or watching basketball or Doctor Who.
Getting to Know Tomi
Time to introduce you to Tomi, one of the main characters in my upcoming novel.
1) What is the name of your character? Is he fictional or a historic person?
Tomi Kato is a fictional character. He is in his late fifties.
2) When and where is the story set?
The story takes place in a far-future Earth ruled by immortals – a genetically modified race of super-humans whose Empire subjugates the ‘lesser’ races across the globe. Theirs was a conquest of wanton destruction, and though much of the horror is lost to time, the land still bares the scars.
Within that broad spectrum is Rosedein, a far-Eastern country. Separated into nine regions ruled by a unifying Clan, Rosedein has a proud military tradition. In days of old, they fought each other with gunfire and sword in large mech suits. The nine Clans unified when the Imperials came, and rebelled twice in defeat. As a result, modern-day Rosedein is an irradiated wasteland. Animals died off long ago, unable to sustain themselves on what few weeds sprouted from the dried and cracked Earth. Old cities are overgrown nightmares where sub-human mutants are rumored to lurk. Even the skies were turned against the Rosedein, as the sun scarcely peeks through the gray shroud, and when the rains come, they scorch and burn.
The scant Rosedein populace clings to life now at the Empire’s whim, subsisting on Imperial supplements and whatever meager crop their pitiful gardens can grow. There is a thriving market among the Imperials for relics and oddities of the old age; most Rosedein scavenge the wastelands, risking radiation and mutants to bring back something of value to barter with.
3) What should we know about him?
Tomi has returned home after spending twenty years abroad, serving a sentence mandated on all the men of the subjugated peoples. Called ‘The Proving’, the men are forced to fight in gladiatorial combat against one another. Those that survive these twenty years are sent home as full Imperial Citizens, with all the rights that implies. Very few return home.
Tomi is a broken man, desensitized by years of killing. He comes home to lands he barely remembers, to a family he does not know.
4)What is the personal goal of the character?
When he returns home, Tomi mostly wants to be left alone. He has memories of fishing on the sea with his father, and he means to take a rowing boat out on the water and spend his days rocking, in solace. He realizes that he must reconnect with his family, somehow, but is at a loss for how to even begin.
5) What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?
When an Immortal is murdered, the Imperials begin a campaign of terror to root-out the guilty. The Rosedein being to whisper about a new rebellion. As a Citizen, with the power to move about at will and go where others can’t, Tomi is asked to help, jeopardizing both the hard-won rest he’s earned, and the family he is trying to find his way back to.
6) What is the title of the novel, and where can find out more?
The novel is yet un-named, but the project’s codename is Post-Apocalyptic Samurai novel. Check-out the board I started on Pinterest for some of the visual inspiration for the novel.
7) When was the book published/when is it due out?
The book is due out in November of 2014. It is the first in a planned series.
The Character Hop Continues Next Week
Stacy Claflin is the next author in the hop. I’ve been fortunate to work with Stacy on Beyond the Gate, an anthology of stories inspired by The Dream Engine by Sean Platt and Johnny B. Truant. We both have stories in the anthology, due out in October 2014.
Here’s Stacy, in her own words:
I have always been an avid reader and a writer. When I was a teenager, I would always be in the middle of at least five books. Not only could I keep up with each story line, but I also never needed a bookmark! I could grab any of the books that I was reading and remember what page I left off on! I don’t have that talent anymore. I’m lucky to remember what I went into the kitchen for when I get there!
I’ve been writing and telling stories for as long as I can remember. As a kid, my story telling would get me into trouble when I would try to convince others that my stories were real. I think I scarred my younger cousin for life with my Cavity Monster story!
These days I write paranormal romantic suspense and later this month I’m releasing a suspense that beta readers call a psychological thriller. I’m also dabbling in contemporary romance, so nothing is off limits for my writing, although I can’t seem to stay away from suspense. Everything has that element.
I’m the mom of two amazing and adorable boys. I educate my boys from home. Oh, and I run a home daycare too. Some ask how I can get any writing done at all. That’s simple, I get up around 4:00 in the morning every weekday so that I can get my writing in! I’m also a thyroid cancer survivor, I have been cancer free since 2008!