Friday, May 16, 2014

Meet My Main Character Blog Hop

I’ve been asked by E. M. Powell, author of the award-winning novel, The Fifth Night to take part in a blog hop, entitled Meet My Main Character. For those who aren’t familiar with the term, it’s a sort of blogger’s chain letter in which writers describe the main character of their current work in progress by answering a series of questions. At the end of my post, I shall introduce the next two writers tagged who will post about their main characters sometime during the next week.

And now for the questions:

1. What is the name of your character? Is he fictional or an actual historical figure?
  • ·         My man character is Marc Garneau, a French Huguenot living in London, England at the beginning of the 18th century. The new book is a sequel to The Silk Weaver’s Daughter the story of how Marc’s wife and her family fled from France during King Louis XIV’s persecution of Protestants. While not the main character in the first book, Marc did have a significant role. .
  • ·         The entire Garneau family is fictitious although I have based their story loosely on what I unearthed about my own Huguenot ancestors
2. When and where is the story set?
·         The year is 1702 and Marc and his family undertake a trip to Europe to try to regain the fortune he left in France when he escaped the Sun King’s wrath. Their travels take them from London to Amsterdam, the Rhine River area of Germany, and to Munich in Bavaria.

3.  What should we know about him?
·         I think the main thing we should know is that in his youth, he was an adventurer and a great favorite of beautiful women. Now he has settled down with the love of his life and the question arises, can he live up to the moral code of his wife’s Huguenot family?

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his life right now?
·         There are several conflicts but the main one is that he faces bankruptcy in England and will go to debtor’s prison unless he can retrieve his money from France. Not an easy thing to do, since King Louis considers him a traitor.

5.  Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
·         As far as the title goes, I’m currently torn between “Night of the Gypsies” or “The Summer Gypsies.” It is based on an event that occurs during their journey and changes the entire course of all their lives.

6.  When can we expect the book to be published?
·         I’m hoping the novel will be available on Amazon by the beginning of July.

The following picture of Orlando Bloom is about as close to looking like Marc Garneau as I imagine him to be. Think Orlando Bloom only with blue sparkling

Thanks goes out to  Elaine Powell for this opportunity to introduce my new novel and I will keep you up
 to date on how it’s progressing during the next few months. 

Meanwhile, I have tagged the following two authors who will post the information about their 
main characters sometime next week.


Nick is a twenty-eight year old Northumbrian in exile, currently living on a small rock in the Channel Sea where he teaches science. He has a love for all things of a nautical and historical nature .He is the author of gritty swashbuckling adventures Rogues Nest and the soon to be released Gentlemen of Fortune – a realistic look at buccaneers and pirates at the start of the 1700s.

Debra Brown: 

Debra  is the author of historical fiction novels, The Companion of Lady Holmeshire, a Jane Austen style romance published by World Castle Publications, and For the Skylark, a psychological drama with clean romance to be released in 2013. She is also the Co-Editor of 
Castles, Customs, and Kings: True Tales of English Historical Fiction Authors

Image of Debra Brown

1 comment:

  1. Marc sounds very interesting, and he certainly has a problem to solve! This could be very intriguing. I'm sure you have pulled it off well.