Saturday, October 11, 2014

Meet My Character Bloghop

The lovely, Sheena-kay Graham tagged me in the "Meet My Character" Bloghop and hinted that she wanted to meet one of the characters from my novel, Silent Beauty. :) Which, sounds like a wonderful idea! I've talked quite a bit about Alanna and her being deaf, here, if you are curious. But today, I'd like you to meet the other half of Silent Beauty, Alanna's love interest, Jared.

Character Inspiration, Darren Criss
1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historical person?

Jared Astin, and he's very fictional. (I didn't realize until revisions that I never gave him a last name, so I scrolled through my Twitter feed a picked a last name. Yep, he's named after Sean Astin.)

2. When and where is the story set?

The story is set in small-town, Brenton, Iowa, in modern times. There's no bowling alley and a single screen movie theater. It's definitely small-town.

3. What should we know about him/her?

Jared is a big geek. He loves Star Trek (all the shows and movies), along with running, and doing math problems. He's pretty smart. :) But, for being who he is, Jared is bullied and harassed by the other kids at school. He's a bit of an outcast.

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

I won't reveal all of Jared's secrets, but his parents divorced when he was a kid and his mom remarried a man who didn't treat Jared kindly. Jared lives with his dad, who... nope, that's part of his secret. ;) Jared just wants to survive high school and not get beat up every other day. Alanna tries to stand up for him once and he becomes smitten with the deaf girl, who wasn't afraid to try and protect him.

5. What is the personal goal of the character?

At first, it's just to graduate high school and go to college to become a math teacher. After meeting Alanna, Jared wants to get to know her, but she's very closed off to him. He becomes a friend, open to listening to her troubles and not judging her. He finds out her secrets and still wants to make her life better.

6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

The title is Silent Beauty. It was originally a novella, but it's now a full length novel. YA Contemporary Romance. There's no place to read it right now...

7. When can we expect the book to be published?

I just finished another round of revisions and sent it to my critique partners. After another round of revisions, I'm hoping to start querying agents with my new draft of the novel. :) I'm really hoping that this book will be the one!

I really wanna add a beach scene...

Now it's time to tag people! Feel free to ignore the tag if you want, but we'd love to hear about your characters!

Rena Olsen - I'd love to hear about any character your creative and hilarious mind created!

J.A. Bennett - You should definitely share about one of your amazing characters! :)

Cassie Mae - What new secret character are you working on, darling!

Thanks for reading about Jared and I hope he grabbed your interest! :) Thanks for tagging me, Sheena!


  1. Jared likes Star Trek? He's awesome then.

  2. Ug. It's not available right now? That just stinks, you know. =)

  3. Jared makes me want to give him a hug. Cassie and Crystal are already going nuts for this book and I can see why. Definitely tour your manuscript among the agents when this is completed Krista. So glad I tagged you and Cassie and J.A. are great choices. Don't know Rena. Hopefully Jared and Allana can work everything out.