I was nominated by fellow blogger Amy Doepker to share a bit about the main character of my current Work in Progress. I’m not going to tag anyone, but invite people to share their characters that we may not know about. My protagonist and I are still getting to know each other as we continue to hash out her story, but here’s what we’ve agreed on so far. . .
1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Bridgid McCray, she’s fictional.
2. When and where is the story set?
The not so, but still a bit, distant future, in what’s left of the U.S. (yes, it’s a dystoptian). Half takes place in the Colorado/New Mexico area and another good chunk on the East Coast in the D. C. area.
3. What should we know about him/her?
She’s very organized, a bit analytical, strong in her convictions, and learning how to voice her opinions and stick to her gut. Ultimately, she’s driven by a strong moral compass and a thirst for knowledge – which is starting to get her into trouble.
4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
After leaving secondary school, she and her peers go to The University for one year to learn how to do their specific job assignments. When she starts learning what lengths her country goes to pacify it’s people, her moral center is pushed to it’s limits. She forges new relationships, severs old ties, and starts asking questions she never expected to, and is recruited into a group of rebels. When The University sends their students off to complete their Practical Exam people start dying, friends turn against each other, and chaos basically ensues. The practical exam brings up even more questions about the government and the two rebel groups, tests Bridgid’s relationships, and puts her survival skills to the test.
Underneath all of this is the memory of her mother, a real driving force behind Bridgid’s character. Her mom was in the same job sector Bridgid is now being trained for and died when Bridgid was pretty young. Her mother instilled Bridgid’s morality and exposed her to things the country censored.
5. What is the personal goal of the character?
Bridigd is really just trying to find answers. She doesn’t really know what she believes anymore and is seeking as much information about both the rebels and the government as she can so she can figure out what she wants to do with that knowledge. Though she is reluctant to let go of the only life she has ever known, her strict moral views push her further towards the rebels and she begins to see how she can help make a change that she believes is for the better.
6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
Right now it’s Recovery, but I am still not too sure how I feel about it so it may change. And my blog is the only place to read about it thus far.
7. When can we expect the book to be published?
Not sure! I would love to be published, but I am still working on the first draft, then there is revision and beta readers, and I would like to start work on it’s sequel before I get to the query phase. And I’m not too confident in my work right now, so I think I will see what beta readers have to say about it before I start to worry about publishing just yet.