When I started this year, I had a few goals in mind: Get a job, finally finish Full Moon Chronicles Book 1 and start my social media presence.
Well, I did two of those things. I started this blog, got on most social media platforms and also I got a job. A few small ones and one with a salary. It was named Movie Tavern, or as my coworkers described it, a crash course to being a server. And it was insane. Insanely fun, in how exciting it was working with people I liked to talk to who liked to talk to me. But it was also insanely… insane. For me, being an introvert who keeps to herself and only gets tired out at small dinner functions, to serve dozens of strangers a week was a challenge to be sure. But I’m definitely happy I did it. I learned a lot, and grew as a person, learning how to roll with the punches and deal with whatever came.
Writing is hard. In fact, it can be downright impossible at times. There’s always pressure to finish, always questions. Always annoying arguments from your characters, that no one but you seem to believe is real.
The Man Who Invented Christmas seems to profoundly understand that. For Charles Dickens (played by the brilliant Dan Stevens) is having a problem we all face: writer’s block. After the success of Oliver Twist and the failings of three smaller books, he’s in debt, he’s out of ideas, and his publishers want another story.
So he decides to write a Christmas one. But what to write? And his main character won’t appear.
What writer doesn’t have this struggle? Which one doesn’t sit for hours, or stare at themselves in the mirror trying to get the name right? Or who doesn’t think “my favorite author would never have these problems,” which was asked in the movie as well.
When I went into the theater to watch this movie, I knew it was a writer movie, I knew it would have plenty of relatable moments, but what I didn’t know was that it would be that extra push, that extra bit of motivation that I needed to finish my story.
I’m so excited to share this! My friend Rebekah has a new book out called “Aveza of the Ercanhelm” and so I’m doing a character interview for her story. Aveza (as seen in the beautiful art below) is both the MC and the name of the title. Below you can find the Q and A. Check out the book coming TOMORROW (Oct 7)! And check out Rebekah at rebekahdevall.wordpress.com
What do you like most about the Ercanhelm?
The Ercanhelm, from the beginning, were a family. The Ercanhelm are a haven. The Ercanhelm live on, in this world but not of it. Beatings, rapes, prostitution… deaths every day. But Ercan and his people live on. Ercan accepted me as one of His own children. The Ercanhelm did as well.
What do you dislike the most?
I dislike Hagan’s oppression. He has made our city and our people… nay. I dislike Hagan, stepfather or not, and that is all I will say on that matter.
Any place you’re scared of?
Tell no one, but I fear the palace. So many secrets are hidden between those walls… so many dark stories from my past.
Can you tell me one secret that no-one knows about you?
So many secrets. The only one I can tell you without endangering myself is this: my name has no meaning, just as, for much time, my life had no meaning.
What about personal fears?
There is little of which I am not afraid, and I hate it.
Who do you trust in your world? Why?
Falk. We have trained together for many years and he has never betrayed me.
Do you have any hobbies?
I must admit I enjoy archery, though especially to relieve stress.
What do you wish to discover the most about Ercanhelm?
Whether or not they will kill me when they discover who I am.
What thing do you like the most about yourself?
I am strong. Despite my appearance, I am strong.
I hate this fear that cripples me, that forces me to hide myself. Fear makes me weak.
Lastly, if there was one thing you want to do or one place you want to go what/where would that be?
I would go to the Haven, outside the city. I would trail my feet in the water of the creek and breathe, for the first time in ten years. I would spend time speaking with my God, Ercan, and forget all the darkness that continually envelops my heart.