For my regular followers, I tend to be off topic, a bit whimsical, and quite personally, it is my blog, I can do what I want. That being said, I bring to you not a romance but something completely different. Mr. Noah Murphy has penned a tale of action, intrigue and your sooooo atypical heroine.
This book got me from Chapter One. The heroine, Liza Emory, sounds like a typical sixteen year old. Cheerleader, just got her license, has to study for a huge Math test. That is until she wrecks her car in the front of a mall, a mysterious axe appears in her backseat, two reptilian helpers named Jonola and Phoenix become her allies. All hell breaks loose in the first five pages, so don’t blink or skip pages!
Now, why do I say this is deeper than you think? Think about it, a sixteen year-old girl is drafted into the National Hero Corps (According to the Revised Hero Recruitment Act of 1997). “If you resist you’ll be branded a villain and will be hunted down and sent to a prison for people like us….” Can you imagine having no choice in being a hero? Can you imagine women being drafted?
This is an action packed Sci-fi read. No, it isn’t romance, but hell, who needs romance when you have an axe-wielding super-girl that puts the chicks in Sucker Punch to shame. I don’t know if Mr. Murphy intended for this to be political satire, but in a way it is. It even takes jabs at internet trolls and the new ‘e-thugging’ era. “They can’t speak,” Meadow said, “but if you give them a keyboard, they don’t shut up.” Let’s face it, there are some people out there that have no backbone until they have a keyboard in front of them.
Give the book a shot. It is deeper than you think.
I am getting closer to her name. I have narrowed it down based on the research that I have done on name meanings.
I am a firm believer in the fact that the character name really does reflect who they are as a person. I am not going to name someone Rose if she is not as pretty as a Rose. Wait, no, I take that back, if I am trying to purposely inject some serious irony, then yeah, sure go for it, otherwise, I don’t do it.
So I have narrowed it down to at least four names that I think would work for the idea of the female lead. I think I already have her last name picked out as well. Perhaps some writers can fly by the seat of their pants and let their character’s name themselves, and I envy you, I really do. Can’t you see me green with envy…?
Really, I can’t write until I have a name. Yet, that is my quirk, names, astrological signs, all of it, all of it plays into how I mold my character. After I mold them, I will try to create a situation that will test them on all fronts and challenge all of their issues.
With that being said, did you see the poll below? Take it and let me know what you think the name should be, or suggest one of your own, I am open to all ideas.
Then maybe, just maybe I can begin to write the story! Wish me luck…
Here I am sitting now with a huge dilemma on my hands. I need to figure out who is going to be the love interest of the complex male character that I created. Lucian is a complex character. He isn’t exactly an Alpha but isn’t exactly a Beta either.
The problem comes in is trying to develop a female that can deal with all of his dark moods, his quirks, his lack of talking and not be a total pushover either. She has to care for Lucian but at the same time she needs to be her own woman where getting Lucian to come out of his shell is not all that she is living for.
I suppose the first thing is first is that I need to figure out her name. A name can really shape the character. I love characters being able to have a nickname as well. So something that doesn’t sound so bland yet gives her character. I think all the gemstones have been over done. Diamond, Ruby, Jade… I could name her Amethyst but that isn’t going to work.
I am starting with what I want the name to mean and narrow it down from there. I am looking for something that means “silent warrior” or something similar. That is what she is, a silent warrior, she would have to be to get this hard rock that I created in Lucian.
How hard can it be coming up with a character that can match him? Well, she would have to be someone who is the opposite of him in order for there to be some sort of conflict there. She has to be someone who is more of a cat person than a dog person. Or more family oriented considering that Lucian doesn’t have any. Someone who adores her friends where Lucian is a recluse.
Yet, at the same time, she has to be someone who can be taught what a quiet night is like, and someone who can appreciate the things about Lucian that he can’t change and won’t change.
She would have to be just as complex as Lucian, but with her emotions more on the surface. That is a problem because that would mean I would need to study someone who is the opposite of me. I am more like Lucian!