We talk a fair bit about our writing around here, don’t we? mime and I put snippets up, character interviews, even the occasional mock book trailer.
So it hit me the other day (yes my subconscious is violent enough to hit even me) — I have never, yes, I repeat never, introduced you to my characters. Not personally. You might know a name (and some of those are stage-blog-names anyway). You might even have Sherlockish tendencies and have figured out who is the main character for my book. But I think you deserve to meet them formally. Or at least one.
Here is the main character of my first book (entitled BLOOD). He’s very small and easily scared, so be nice, okay? Or, as Megamind would say, no biting, no, no, nooo…
His name is Milo. He is eight years old. And he has a rather, violent, past.
is a murderer
How Milo thinks…
Seeing the main character is eight, is BLOOD a novel for young adults or…a picture book?!!
I place it fondly in the genre: dark high fantasy for young adults. But, it’s true, it’s hard to understand why I made my MC (main character) so young.
The Boy in the Striped Pajamas is one book that really inspired me. John Boyne wrote his MC as a nine-year-old, viewing the horrors of the Holocaust from a childish perspective. The novel is brilliant. But I certainly wouldn’t let a nine-year-old read it.
BLOOD is about a dark (fantasy) world, where life has little value (especially if you’re on the “wrong side”) and fear (different kinds of fear, I mean, I’m not really writing about scary snakes, though it might sneak in at some point) rules everyone’s lives. To pack a different punch, I wanted to view this twisted world through innocent eyes. And eight-year-old Milo was born.
Inspiration for Milo?
Oliver Twist (yes, I admitted it). More recently Bruno from The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (or actually Shmuel).
Innocence. Lateral thinking. Childish. It’s a hair-pulling attempt and a huge risk writing a book like this, but I love it. It may look simple on first glance, but the underneath is a mess of dark, dripping spiderwebs.
So, how’s that? My MC for BLOOD is no longer a whiff of smoke.