Character Meet and Greet, Part Two

Today I am taking part in the Meet My Character bloghop. I was tagged twice, once by Heather Holden—whose web comic, Echo Effect, has become a must-read every Monday— and once by author Heather M. Gardner whose novel, Maguire’s Corner, I very much enjoyed and whose sequel I am very much looking forward to reading.

I did this post once before with Effigy‘s main character, Haleine Coileáin, so today I thought I would feature the two main characters in Effigy’s sequel, Second Nature—Cate and James. And even though I’m probably not supposed to have favorites, they’re currently mine.

I often use this picture to represent these two characters,
though they don’t have a romantic relationship.
It just feels like a Cate and James picture.


1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historical person?

Second Nature‘s main characters are Catherine “Cate” Cole and James ap Seoras. They are fictional, but considering the amount of time they spend shouting at me (and each other), they certainly feel real.

2. Where and when is the story set?

While the majority of the novel takes place in the medieval-esque fantasy world introduced in Effigy, a very small part takes place in modern day Boston and Maine.

3. What should we know about him/her?

Both characters can and do use sarcasm as a weapon and/or a defense mechanism. Both have suffered huge personal losses that have colored their outlooks. Neither one is particularly fond of backing down.

Also, Cate hates boats, while James has never been on one.

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Even though neither of them wanted to be, they’re both embroiled in in this epic battle between good and evil, and it sees them doing things they normally would never even consider doing, all in the name of survival.

And—for a while, anyway—Cate makes it her mission in life to make James absolutely miserable. Much to his chagrin, she’s pretty good at it.

5. What is the personal goal of the character(s)?

To answer this question, here’s a short excerpt from the manuscript:

“What do you want to know?” he asked.

“How I get out of here,” she said. “How I get home.”

James nodded. “Something we have in common, that.”

6. Is there a working title for this novel, and where can we read more about it?

Normally, my WIPs go through several titles before I settle upon the one that fits, but Second Nature was named long ago by a old high school/college friend, and it’s been called that ever since. (Thanks, Ben!)

You can read more about this project here on this blog, as it’s becoming my main focus, or on my website.

7. When can we expect this book to be published?

Well, I’d really like it to be out late 2015, but since I haven’t yet finished writing it, I’d say late 2016 is probably more likely. Anyone suggesting 2017 would not be accused of crazy talk.


And on that note, I’m out of here. I have a shift at the store calling my name. It’s Labor Day, after all, so it only makes sense that I’d be laboring, right? Thanks again to Heather Holden and Heather M. Gardner for giving me the opportunity to talk about my characters today.

And thank you for stopping by today. Have a great Monday, everyone.

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