Thanks to Michael S Fedison at The Eye-Dancers for tagging me in this blog tour, where the focus is on meeting the main character of our WIPs. I have been following Michael’s blog since I joined WordPress a year ago and read his YA novel, The Eye-Dancers, around the same time. Not only is the book a fun ride through a parallel world, Michael’s blog is always full of thought provoking posts and he’s one of the nicest guys in the blogging world. Now he’s writing his follow up to the Eye-Dancers and I’ll look forward to finding out where the characters are taken next. Check out his blog here. Michael writes some great short stories here too, so do go and check them out here.
Now if you are a regular follower of my blog you probably already know all there is to know about my main character as I blogged about him in the April A-Z blog challenge, but this blog tour brings a bit of structure to proceedings so hopefully I can present him to you in a better way. So here goes: My main character: .
1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
His name is Toddington Rainstone and he is definitely fictional! He is an elfling – a three(ish) inch high being – who lives in Trelflande – a world under the ground. Toddington is very young for an elfling as they can live up to a thousand years. When we first meet him in the prologue he is fourteen. The next time we see him he is eighteen, but for the most part of the book he is twenty-one years of age. By the time we reach Volume Two he is twenty-five and in Volume Three, which brings us into the modern era he will be around two hundred and seventy years old! Elfling ages work differently to our own though; they never physically age after the age of eighteen. They grow in maturity but at two hundred and seventy, although still reletively young, an elfling is highly experienced in their field of work and it is at this time they usually begin a family, although tradition has it they marry young and spend years without children.
2. When and where is the story set?
The story is set in the fictional underground world of Trelflande, although there are many parts of the novel where the characters come up into our world, known to the elflings as “The Over-World.” The action for the Volume One is set under England in the 18th Century, at the dawn of the Industrial Revolution. The trilogy spans nearly three hundred years and as I say, Volume Three will bring the elflings to modern day Britain.
3. What should we know about him/her?
Toddington is orphaned at age fourteen. As a result, he becomes obsessed with work and it is all he lives for. It goes without saying that he works hard. He has a creative mind married with a practical streak, and his work is in design engineering fungi products. He is headstrong and impetuous; not always thinking through the consequences of his actions, but at the same time he is a highly intelligent elfling. He is self centered and often oblivious to the wants of other elflings. At times his single mindedness can lead him, and other elflings, into trouble but equally there are times when this trait saves them. He doesn’t like unnecessary emotion and tries hard to cover his own.
What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
The Toadstool compound, which is situated under an ancient Horse Chestnut tree where he lives and works, is uprooted in a sudden and cataclysmic incident. His workforce is killed, he is injured and he has to flee his workplace. In time he and his community are forced to leave the place where they have always lived as more of the trees where they make their homes are uprooted, and the elflings are forced to find another place to settle. After the initial shock, this additional loss in his life makes Toddington determined to fight and he uses his creativity and designing skills to help do this.
5. What is the personal goal of the character?
Toddington’s personal goal is to avenge whatever it is which has destroyed his business. It was all he had left of his father and he feels now that all the work he did has been in vain. Prior to his father’s death Toddington’s goal was to be the first elfling to explore the Over-World, but instead he buried himself in work. Once the catastrophe hits, and he has no work to live for, his main focus shifts once more to having an adventure in the Over-World and he believes the destruction from above, as well as The Prophecy, gives him the perfect excuse to pursue his dreams.
6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The title for Volume One is called Prophecy of Innocence. Volume Two’s working title is Two Tribes and the third volume has a working title of Return to Innocence. You can read more about Prophecy on the other pages on this blog or on my sister blog which is going to be for children.
7. When can we expect the book to be published?
How long is a piece of string?! I can’t realistically answer that. As a first novel, with no publisher on board as of yet, it could be six months or six years. My original target was last December. (But obviously that has been and gone.) Then I shifted that to this summer. However as I’m heavily involved in re-writes and editing still that hasn’t happened either! I’d like to think (fingers crossed) that by this time next year Prophecy Volume One will be out there in the world.
Now on a blog hop, this is the part where I should have asked others to take part, but I’ve had a hectic couple of weeks so haven’t quite got there yet. Apologies Michael.
So something slightly different: If you are one of my regular followers or friends and you’d like to blog about your WIP’s main character then please send me a message and I’ll tag you on here and re-post and re-tweet. Sorry to be unconventional folks but heh, you just read the above didn’t you? 😉
Thanks for reading as always.