If you’ve been bouncing around our blog for a while, I guess you’ve heard of my character Micah. And, considering I introduced MILO, I think Micah deserves a chance too. Not that he’d want one.
But I am the all-powerful-author (sometimes) and what I say goes (hardly ever) and if I say Micah will be introduced, he will be (I hope).
First off: Micah isn’t his real name.
Rather, his real name is a combination of my imagination, a name I heard on End of the Spear, and lateral spelling. So I hid it. But it truly does begin with ‘M’.
So, to you, he is Micah of the Trees. He’s 17 years old. And he’s an assassin. Or, if you’d prefer, a one man rebellion. He’s complicated.
To Milo, the sun, moon and stars shine out of Micah’s impassive face. Not straight away. Micah enters Milo’s story under suspicious circumstances, hardly endears himself by throwing them both over a wall and into a moat, and crowns off his rash actions by presenting himself as a death sentence rather then a brother of The People.
Micah is my second main character (excluding all my bad guys, because they’re quite important too). He enters the book around three quarters of the way in and directs the show thereafter.
I also have to admit to Micah being one of my very favourite characters (shh! Don’t tell the others!). He is the one constant character throughout the whole 7-book series. But of course, being a favourite, means he is in direct line of fire. The more I like my characters, the worse things happen to them.
In Book 4 he is squashed with a mast. In Book 3 he’s shot out of the sky. In Book 7 I explode the world around him. Oh, and Book 2 (this is fun) he’s nearly run through with a sword (after being sold a slave). Honestly, it does NOT pay to be in the favourite seat amongst my characters.
inspiration for Micah
Jim Keath from the novel Moccasin Trail by Eloise Jarvis McGraw
Mincayani from the movie End of the Spear
Four from the novel Divergent by Veronica Roth
Magneto from the X-Men movies
If nothing else, Micah is just one thing:
Literally. Try writing him.