G’day! This week Goran Zidar was kind enough to give me this opportunity to introduce you all to one of my favourite characters. Thank you Goran. Before I launch into my character’s bio, here’s a little more info about Goran and his work.
Goran lives in Melbourne, Australia. He shares a home with his wife, twin daughters, and a cat. A degree in History and Archaeology from Monash University fuels his love of all things old, and his work as a software developer keeps him in touch with the new.
He has published at least three books on Amazon which can be found here.
Meet My Character…
Okay, the lucky character for this Meet My Character exercise is from one of the first large writing projects I ever attempted. I chose this character because I think she is one of, if not the most developed of all of my characters. I guess this is because she has been curling around in my imagination for so long.
After browsing a few other Meet My Character posts I thought I’d mix this one up a little and let her do most of the talking. So without further ado,
What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
RL: Her name is Alexandra O’Tool.
R: Your proper name is Alexandra.
A: Oh Rick, you know I’d rather be called Sandy. Or Alex.
R: I know. Sandy, it is then. And she’s fictional.
S: I’m as real as you and everyone else, thank you very much.
R: <Whispering> Fictional — Ow!
When and where is the story set?
R: The story is set where Sandy grew up in a small country town called Omeo, on the Great Dividing Range in Eastern Victoria, Australia, and in parts of the Middle East. With a few stop overs including Melbourne and Singapore.
S: I wish it was all set in Omeo. Or Melbourne. Only 2004 might have been different if that were the case. 1995 was pretty damn special but ’91 will stay with me forever for all the wrong reasons.
R: Shh. Don’t give away too much of the plot.
What should we know about her?
R: Sandy is from Irish and Indigenous Australian descent —
S: I’m a proud aboriginal woman.
R: Yes. Her maternal grandmother was the last full blooded aboriginal woman in her family. Her father, a descendant of an Irish convict, is the local post office manager. Sandy has an older sister called Clare. I know what you’re thinking, Sandy. Not a word.
S: Can I say a few things?
R: Go for it. But don’t diss your sister.
S: Fine. I grew up in Omeo in eastern Victoria with my parents, Grandmother and, yes, one sibling. My grandmother was my world. She taught me nearly everything I know about my people and our origins, the Dreamtime and the Dreaming. I was a happy little girl but a tragic event turned me into a sad and bitter teenager. Then I discovered Wicca and a few years later I met my best friend, Rani. She was a Muslim girl visiting on an exchange program from Singapore, and very quickly she became my world.
What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?
R: Should I leave this to you, Sandy?
S: I watched her die. I should have protected her. I never saw it coming the way it did. Never in a million years. You have no idea how much regret I’ve carried with me since that day. All I had to do was register what I saw and act on it. No. Someone else killed her but I was responsible. The other time someone close to me died there was no-one to blame. I found the body but it was too late. It was deemed a simple accident. At least we had closure. Not with Rani. Everything was wide open for so long.
R: Sounds like the conflict is mainly internal.
S: It was until I caught up with her murderer. I thought I had every thing under control. Thought I was on track to achieving my goal. Boy, was I wrong.
What is the personal goal of the character?
S: I vowed to dedicate my life to finding the screwed up animal that took her life, find out why, and to bring her back.
R: Umm… bring Rani back? Most people would just settle for revenge.
S: Revenge is easy and people are lazy. Revenge won’t bring her back.
R: Isn’t that a little obsessive and irrational?
S: No. I let her down. She lost her life because of me. I must repay that debt. The least I can do is bring her back. Don’t give me that doubtful sideways glance, Richard. Of course, it’s possible. Turns out it was more complicated than I thought it would be. And my family thought I was dead when I disappeared. I had to fix that, too.
Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
S: I think it should be called “Rani’s Right”. I mean, it’s not about me. It’s about Rani and what was taken from her, not just her life but everything. Her love, her wisdom, her sharpness and her softness. It’s about the effect she had on everyone she met. The loss of Rani in many people’s lives created so many holes that can never be refilled.
R: There’s a little more about the book by that title on my blog under the Works menu up near the top.
When can we expect the book to be published?
S: Yes, Richard. When can we expect the book to be published?
R: I really wish I had more time to work on it but sadly I have to plod along slowly. In fact it’s been on the back burner while I work on another novel. Admittedly this one is my favourite and I want to get it right. But encouragement always breeds motivation. ;)
S: And you’re still tossing up whether or not to make it a trilogy, aren’t you, Rick?
R: You can read me like a book, young lady!
Next Stop on the Meet My Character Blog Tour…
The next people I’ve nominated on the Meet My Character Blog Tour are Jennifer M Eaton and Eric J Baker. Perfect author names if ever there were!
Jennifer is the author of several books and is madly writing sequels to her soon-to-be-released Fire In The Woods novel.
Eric is a multi-talented writer/editor/muso with “various publications, columns, and stories scattered across the web” and a novel in the pipeline.
Click their pics to teleport yourself to their blogs.
Once again, thanks Goran and I hope you check out the other fantastic authors in the Meet My Character Blog Tour.
Have a great week!