This week, I’m talking about Evelyn (Evie), the main character in my urban fantasy about changelings. It’s called A Dance With Monsters, and to sum it up quickly: Evie’s a changeling, and her parents never noticed, because the “real” Evie was taken when she was only two days old. Now she’s figured out she’s a changeling, but she’s not sure if she wants to stay with the normal world and her parents and siblings, or back to her original family and be ~magical~.
There’s lots of food in it.
How often do they smile? Would they smile at a stranger?
Evie smiles pretty often…she’s just a naturally smiley person. And she would smile at a stranger, but in more of the awkward, ‘we-made-eye-contact-accidently-so-now-I-should-smile-to-be-polite” kind of way.
What is the cruelest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?
Spoilers! It happens in the novel, and…uh…Evie doesn’t handle it well.
What is the kindest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?
What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
When Evie was about six, her family went camping. She wandered off, as kids often do, and came charging back to camp saying that she say a person with feathers and a beak instead of hair and a nose and mouth. No one believed her, but she’s positive she saw it.
She did. That was her first time actually seeing a changeling, and it’s stuck with her because she’s a changeling, herself, and her subconscious knows that and so she’s clung onto the memory.
What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading?
The giant Julia Child cookbook. Evie is convinced that she’s an awesome cook. She isn’t.
Have they ever been seriously injured? How severely? How did they react?
When she was fifteen, she and her friends decided to take their canoe over the waterfall. The waterfall is pretty short…maybe ten feet, but it flipped when it hit the bottom and Evie hit the rocks that lined the river. She had a broken arm, bruised ribs, and a mild concussion. She was actually the calmest out of everyone, while her friends where freaking out.
She later realizes she was so calm probably because of the concussion, because she remembers her thoughts being kind of all weird and slow.
Do they like and get along with their neighbours?
She gets along well with her neighbors on the right side; she’s best friends with the girl who lives there (Oliver). Her neighbors on the other side, though, are one of those middle-aged couples with a decent amount of money who has an immaculate house, throws barbeques that go late into the night, yells at you if you accidently step on their lawn, and don’t trust teenagers anywhere near their precious house. Evie finds them ridiculous.
On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being easy and 10 being difficult) how easy are they to get along with?
Maybe a 7? Evie is pretty nice, but she’s not really someone who’s happy sitting around for a couple of hours. She needs to be up and moving.
If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go?
Evie’s always wanted to go to South America to visit the rainforests.
Who was the last person they held hands with?
Probably one of her friends?
So, how are all your writing projects going? Well, I hope!
And, in other news, Civil War comes out today! I’m going to a showing tonight at seven, which probably means a 3+ hour line but whatever! It’s great!
AND I’M ALSO SLIGHTLY TERRIFIED. BE SAFE, STEVE.