J.C. Mells, author of Napoleon: A stand-alone novella (The Pierced Series Book 5) invited me to participate in a blog hop, which is awesome! This particular one is, as the title suggests, about a character in an upcoming book. I’m supposed to pass this on to others, but no one I contacted to pass it on accepted, so this leg ends with me. Alas.
The Greatest Sin #2 will be out before the end of the summer. In this installment, we learn more about the world of Tilzam, pursue a mystery, and delve further into Chavali’s story.
1) What is the name of your character?
Chavali Blaukenev was born and raised among a clan of nomadic entertainers. They live in wagons, always moving, never stopping in the same place twice. The Blaukenevs are a peculiar people in the world, with an olive cast skin tone not seen in any other population on Tilzam, a language unrelated to any other known tongue, and an accent that always marks them as foreign wherever they go. Chavali herself was chosen to be her clan’s Seer – a position of authority and respect – at the age of 10, by the previous Seer. She assumed the title and duties at 15, when her predecessor died.
2) When and where is the story set?
The Greatest Sin is a fantasy series, taking place in a world called Tilzam. The societies of the world function on a technology level roughly equivalent to that of the Renaissance, with magic. Cities have water treatment. Rural areas don’t. Magic has stunted innovation in technology, fulfilling the need for lighting and relatively swift transportation.
3) What should we know about him/her?
Chavali was once a fortune teller. As she puts it, she was a professional liar with the purpose of parting fools from their coins. Her relationship with honesty is complicated, generally following the principle that family is important, and everyone else is not.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
In this installment, Chavali’s problems are mostly interpersonal. She has no control over who she works with, and must learn to deal with people she doesn’t like in order to accomplish the mission.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
Most of Chavali’s goals can be summed up as Survival, Self Improvement, and Family. She’s coming to terms with her situation (I won’t spoil it if you haven’t read book 1, The Fallen, yet), and trying to fit into it.
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The working title is HARBINGER. We’re still waffling about whether it’s really appropriate or not.
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
At this point, the closest I can get is Summer 2014.