YA Indie Carnival: Favorite Character to Write

Today’s post discusses what our favorite character was to write, and why?

I’ll discuss a favorite character for a novel I’ve written that hasn’t come out yet, because his story in mythology had the potential for a lot of humanity and depth, and was ambiguous enough that it could apply to issues in current world events, and every day struggles.

I am working on a novel called Pazuzu’s Girl. One of the main characters is the Mesopotamian demon Pazuzu, lord of plagues and the southwest wind. I think he was one of my favorite characters ever.

There are tenuous links in a couple of myth sources between Pazuzu and a passing character in Sumerian epics called the Anzu Bird. If we assumed that this link was valid, which I did assume for the sake of storytelling, what had to happen between Anzu Bird’s divinity, and his reappearance as a demon of plague, centuries later?

In some ways, the novel is about ‘the fall’, but not really. It’s really about the process and motivation behind why people make the decisions that they make. So Anzu stands up for something he believes in, and then pays a world-shattering price for it. In the centuries that follow he becomes, unwittingly, more human, with all of humanities’ woes and fears, such as those associated with having a frustrating teenage daughter with whom he can’t communicate. So I get to put this terrifying demon into very human and aggravating situations to see how he reacts. In the end, he has to decide, once again, if the divinity he’s lusted after for so many millenia is worth to him what he thought in the beginning, or if his connections to Earth matter more. He becomes something of a dark tragic hero.

This week’s promotions:

Darby Karchut’s novel Griffin Rising is a nominee for the 2011 Sybil’s Awards. Good luck Darby!

Author Kimberly Kinrade will be doing an interview on the Dani Snell’s blog with a giveaway of her new novel: the first book in the Forbidden series, Forbidden Mind, at http://refractedlightreviews.com/?p=2580

And my new anthology Beyond The Veil: A Ghost Story Anthology will be available on Kindle.

Visit some other writer’s sites today, and get to know them through their favorite characters!

http://www.refractedlightreviews.com Danny Snell’s Refracted Light Reviews

http://pattilarsen.blogspot.com Patti Larsen, Author of The Ghost Boy of MacKenzie House, the Hunted series, and the Hayle Coven novels.

http://courtneycolewrites.wordpress.com Courtney Cole, Author of Every Last Kiss, Fated, Princess, and Guardian. Also a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
http://wrenemerson.wordpress.com Wren Emerson, Author of I Wish and a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.

http://laurasmagicday.wordpress.com Laura Elliott, Author of Winnemucca.

http://nicoleawilliams.blogspot.com Nichole A. Williams, Author of Eternal Eden, and the upcoming Fallen Eden. She is also participating in the Glassheart Chronicles.
http://fisheramelie.com/blog/ Fisher Amelie, Author of The Understorey, as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
http://amyjonesyaff.blogspot.com Amy Maurer Jones, Author of The Soul Quest Trilogy as well as a contributing author in The Glassheart Chronicles.
http://thewarriorseries.blogspot.com T. R. Graves, Author of Warriors of the Cross.
http://ctefft.blogspot.com Cyndi Tefft, Author of Between
http://pjhoover.blogspot.com P.J. Hoover, Author of Solstice, The Emerald Tablet, The Navel of the World, The Necropolis.
http://www.aliciamccalla.com Alicia McCalla, Author of the upcoming science-fiction novel Breaking Free.

http://heathercashman.com/better_off_read Heather Cashman, Author of Perception.

http://www.abbiglines.com Abbi Glines, Author of Breathe, and the upcoming Existence and Vincent Boys.

http://cidneyswanson.blogspot.com/ Cidney Swanson, Author of Rippler.

http://cherischmidt.blogspot.com, Cheri Schmidt, Author of Fateful, Fractured, and Fair Maiden, Fire Dancer

http://www.lexusluke.com/, Lexus Luke, Author of Manitou, The Sky People Saga, Fire Breather

http://www.suzyturner.com/, Suzy Turner, Author of December Moon and Raven, Dragonslayer

http://kasi-kcblake.blogspot.com/, K. C. Blake, Author of Vampire Rules, Elephant Trainer

http://hereventuality.blogspot.com/, Gwenn Wright, Author of Filter, Ring-Leader

http://kimberlykinrade.com/, Kimberly Kinrade, Author of Bits of You, Pieces of Me and Forbidden Mind, Prestidigitator

http://jlbryanbooks.blogspot.com/, J.L. Bryan, Author of Paranormals series- Jenny Pox. Tommy Nightmare & Alexander Death

http://darbykarchut.com/ Darby Karchut, Author of Griffin Rising, and soon Griffin Fire

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2 Responses to “YA Indie Carnival: Favorite Character to Write”

  1. This story/character looks GREAT. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Sounds fabulous! What an interesting character twist…

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