Recently I asked for suggestions about how to celebrate the site’s upcoming 6th blogoversary. Since then, I’ve come up with not one, but TWO ideas that I’m going ahead with. One will wait until after the Writer’s Digest Conference in July / August. But we can get started on the other today!
Why “we”? Well, the “day-of” blogoversary post will be a character interview with Eva, the protagonist for my YA fantasy novel The Keeper’s Curse. This means you get to ask the questions, and Eva will answer them! (Or, rather, I’ll answer for her. *lol*)
Instructions will follow after the jump. First, for your convenience, here’s a summary about Eva from her updated character profile:
As the first female Faerie elected to the Council of Selanaan, 17-year-old Isonyeva (Fae for “unknown fate,” and shorted to Eva) is a versatile fighter and skilled kisena (magician). She carries twin knives and a sword, but her weapon of choice is a bow and arrow. And with her magic, she often experiments and tests the limits of her powers for the sake of doing good. Appearance-wise, Eva has autumn-colored hair (shades of brown, red, and blonde), amber eyes, light skin, and a slender yet athletic frame of about 5 feet 3 inches.
When Eva was 5 years old, she and her parents were victims of the Mountain Folk’s raid on the Usteru rivertown of Eldenmonn. Her parents were killed, and Eva’s left wing was torn. Her Aunt Maji (Eva’s mother’s older sister) and Uncle Lusan kept her in a nearby village so her wing could heal before returning home. This was done out of fear of banishment by the King of Fae, since a torn wing is viewed as a sign of sin or transgression. As a result, no other Faerie saw Eva’s wing in its injured state – but it didn’t spare her from rumors, bullying, and rejection from peers as she grew up. Others turned away when Eva tried out for the Council, as it meant she shunned traditional expectations for Faerie women (e.g., marriage at a young age, fulfilling household duties like cooking and sewing).
Eva is loving and loyal to those she cares about. She confides in and is fiercely protective of her cousin Gidion, shares a special relationship with Aunt Maji, and often butts heads with but appreciates Uncle Lusan. She’s also the proud owner of a messenger bird named Thrush and a horse named Immer (Hartlandi for “friend”). Eva prefers a simple lifestyle, choosing to live with few yet sentimental possessions. No less important are her close bonds with each of her fellow Council members – Faerie men and boys whom she considers her adopted brothers.
What Eva’s friends and family don’t know about her is that she craves a chance to avenge her parents’ deaths. For years she’s secretly wished to kill any Mountain Folk who cross her path – a desire that breaks numerous Council laws, but one she keeps nonetheless. When the Council is tasked to join Lord Aurek Kolsteg and his company of Mountain Men on a mission to retrieve relics that once belonged to their last king, Eva is forced to question her prejudices and decide whether it’s worth risking everything she holds dear for the sake of vengeance.
Want to submit a question(s) for Eva’s interview? Leave them in the Comments section below by 11:59 PM Eastern on Friday, July 3rd! The final interview will post on Sunday, July 12th.
If you need help brainstorming, check out these previous posts about Eva: