Monday, 22 September 2014

Meet the Character Blog Tour

The uber-talented and prolific Jody Lynn Nye tagged me to join in the Meet the Character Blog Tour. Her entry can be found here:
where we meet Lord Thomas Innes Loche Kinago, cousin to Emperor Shojan XII, of View From the Imperium and the newly released Fortunes of the Imperium, both from Baen Books.

Okay, I am in exalted company here, being very much a niche genre author, but I'll give it my best shot and invite you to meet one of the heroes of my latest ebook release, Greymalkin, the first in my Melusine's Cats series, out of Kouros Books.

Is he fictional or historical?

Jesse Adams is fictional, and reflects in some ways the situations that openly gay sportsmen face even when discrimination is against the law. He also has to face greater dangers when he finds himself caught up in ancient myths.

When and where is the story set?

It's set in the fictional Lynn valley, in the northwest of Devon in the UK. The time is the present day, but the barriers between his reality and the other reality of the local legends are thin. The River Lynn runs the length of the valley from its source on Exmoor to the sea. Melusine, a water entity, is bound to the river, and she is both prisoner and warder. She can only travel in the flowing water of her river, and cannot set foot on her banks. Her cats are not so bound. Neither pets nor familiars, they move freely between the realities, her agents among the humans who live along the Lynn. She needs to rebuild her triads, the pairs of warriors united with their guardian beasts.

What should we know about him?

Jesse is a gay ex-rugby player who's gone into seclusion to avoid the media following a guilty verdict in a court case. He was the tighthead prop for the Warwick Rhinos, until false accusations and lying testimony cost him his career. Jesse has come to live for a year in the village of Greenlynn, where he is supposed to be writing his biography. He's something of a gentle giant, and doesn't often lose his temper. When he does, he's formidable.

In Greenlynn, he first meets a large grey cat, a seeming-feral that is a lot more than its appearance suggests. Then he meets Will Blake, the local policeman. Will is out and proud, respected and liked by the community he helps to protect from rural crime. Their attraction is mutual, but when Melusine's enemies come to the valley in search of revenge, Jesse and Will discover they, and the mysterious cat Greymalkin, have a part to play in the ancient feud.

What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?

Jesse has to contend with the arrival of old enemies. At the same time, he's building a relationship with Will, and coming to terms with the dangers that Greymalkin and Melusine bring to their lives. She, too, has an enemy searching for her and that other prison she guards.

What is the personal goal of the character?

To clear his name is his primary objective at first, but as he and Will are drawn deeper into Melusine's situation, he realises that the people of the Lynn valley as well as Melusine need help and protection. He has to accept the realities of the everyday and the otherness of Melusine's world and become the warrior he was born to be, while he and Will forge an unbreakable relationship.

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

Greymalkin - Melusine's Cats #1 was published by Kouros Books as an ebook, and is available across the Amazon sites, and from All Romance eBooks.

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