What does a mama authoress do when she completes one book? (Or, in this case, blitzes through for NaNo, cuts it off 20,000 words before the planned ending and cauterised it with ‘the end’?) Non-writers don’t know this, but when you say good-bye to one character, there are generally several clamoring to take the previous character’s place. Personally, I had four (and another has since joined). They are: Ariel (Painkiller) Jade (The Boy) Hiro (The Meaning of Always) Vey (Acceso) and newcomer Pierce (Angels & Ink which isn’t an official book yet but is just an idea swirling around but it doesn’t matter because even if Pierce never fully fleshes out I love him anyway).
So, since I’m missing Beautiful People, I decided I’d just introduce my beautiful boys to you, so you know who I’m talking about. (I won’t introduce Vey since I’ve already done that…several times…because I loveeez him, and I won’t introduce Pierce until I know him a little better). Now, some of you maybe wondering, “Don’t you have any GIRL characters?” And the simple answer is – yes. Of course I do. In fact, most of my main characters are girls, most of my books are narrated by girls, and I have a great appreciation for girls, being one myself. However, I don’t completely fall in love with my girl characters like I do my male characters. I’m pretty sure this is because I’m heterosexual, and falling in love with my female characters would be awkward. Come to think of it, I refer to my male characters as My Babies all the time, but never my female ones…hmm…maybe because they’re more like various personifications of me, or girlfriends. That’s probably why.
So without further gilding the lily – my brood! (And if anyone remarks that all the pictures are Asian *coughMaxcough* I am simply not going to respond. *throws hands over head* IT ISN’T MY FAULT!! I see an awesome picture and it happens to be Asian and I happen to get a story idea based off it and then no other model works!!!! I’M SORRY!! I promise, you can see them differently in your head!!! Okay. Continuing.)
While I wanted this book to be more sweet and simple than many of my others, it has darker undertones because I’m addressing the problem of feral children. This may sound ridiculous or mythological to you, but the fact is that many parents abandon their children or raise them like animals. One famous case is Genie, a 13-year-old girl discovered in the eighties. Jade was based more off Oxana Malaya, the ‘dog girl.’ You can look them up and see I’m not inventing wild stories. (……or…wait…) Jade is named by the main character, Marlo, for the color of his eyes. Jade has been treated like a dog since his mother died when he was two years old and his father wanted nothing to do with him. When Marlo finds him and takes him home, he bonds to her and follows her like a puppy, but the puppy has a fierce, wolflike side. If he believes anything is threatening Marlo, then the threat – real or imagined – had better run. He’s fun to write because he’s so adorably puppy-like, except for when he’s more wolfish…and anyway, then he’s still fun to write.
Heeee’sss…abnormal. Ahem. This novel is a mixture of Beauty and the Beast, Jane Eyre, and the Secret Garden. Ariel’s parents are wealthy socialites, and so when it becomes clear that their son is insane, they announce that he is dead while locking him up in the West Wing. Ariel can hold a perfectly intelligent conversation because he is, in fact, perfectly intelligent. Refined, elegant, and well-schooled, he may seem normal until you go deeper into conversation with him. Ariel has a fascination with pain. Half of his face is a grotesque mask of scars from when he shattered his window and cut his own face. When he’s thrown into a violent rage, he may cause damage to himself and his surroundings, but he won’t realize it until afterwards. He is neglected by his parents and the only person who cares about him at all is the butler, until Calista comes along and sees that abandonment and psychologists aren’t going to help him recover. The quote that more or less inspired this story is from G. K. Chesterton, that the great truth in Beauty and the Beast is that, “a thing must be loved before it is lovable.”
|Hiro and Hisoka|
Or, as you may be thinking, “…the same dude with his hair two different colors.” And you’d be right, because he’s playing twins! At the beginning of The Meaning of Always, though, Hisoka (black hair) is dead. He was the ‘good’ brother, the one everyone expected would do great things, the A student, the responsible one. Hiro slowly grew apart from Hisoka the older they got, until high school arrived and they were complete opposites. Hisoka is now dead and Hiro, the black sheep of the family, is the only remaining son who happens to love his dead brother’s former girlfriend and fiancée. Skylar, though, doesn’t want anything to do with Hiro because he reminds her so much of Hisoka, making him very painful to be around since she’s still grieving. Hiro, though, is wonderful. He’s extraordinarily polite, but is involved in a gang that he can’t get out of. He will do anything to protect Skylar even when she does not want protection, but he also feels guilty for liking her because his brother was going to marry her. (This is a lot for a bunch of eighteen-year-olds to deal with…I just thought about it…) The Meaning of Always deals with recovering from grief and moving on with your life – altogether different and a stretch for me, but I love it.
…Okay. Since Vey is a lot of people’s favorite (considering his book is the hardest to write O_e) I’ll talk about him, too.
(I showed my best friend this picture, since it’s one of my favorites. I really like the smile, and he’s hard to find smiling pictures of, hehe. The first thing she says is, “He’s SCARY.” I protested. “He’s NOT scary! How can you say he’s scary? He’s smiling!’ Her response: “…I think maybe it’s because he’s your character…’ Me: That isn’t true. Her: …….” | Haha, anyway. I tend to become affectionate toward the people I base characters off of, which is probably why I can think they’re awesome and everyone else backs away slowly. Heh. Plus I actually thought he was in his early twenties when I ‘cast’ him as Vey, and then found out he’s actually almost thirty-four…He still fits. Meh.)
Vey is nineteen and under a slave contract at a low-class nightbar. He was only seventeen when he got into the contract and had no idea what he was doing, but he can’t get out of it until he’s twenty-one. He’s chronically depressed, though extremely talented with music. He’s a type-A hemophiliac; bruising and bleeding at what most people would hardly even notice. He doesn’t care about anything except music and his little foster sister, literally the only person he loves – until Leila comes along. Leila is sweet, bold, and has been deaf for three years due to a swimming accident where she nearly drowns. I love this couple; I love the idea of someone whose entire life centers around music falling in love with someone who can’t hear it, and vice versa. Vey may sound pretty caustic and unlovable, but he has a very dry sense of humor and is brutally honest in his thoughts, even toward himself. ‘Acceso’ (which is a musical term meaning ‘ignite’ in Italian) deals with the problems of depression, suicide, slave contracts, and accepting hope. I do love tangling myself in these sorts of things.
Ack. I should start an orphanage for troubled characters, because I don’t seem to have any other kind.
And now you know the rest of