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Wednesday, October 20, 2010

The Players of the Drama

The characters in question for The Seventh-Born Chronicles are the process of an overactive imagination and too much time on my hands. They are, as follows:

Ayden Grace Fletcher: seventh-born and the heroine of the story. She is basically everything I would like to be (if I wasn't myself) and my favorite character (authors are allowed to have favorites, unlike parents). Her age changes with me (I was seventeen when I started writing, and so was Ayden, now she is nineteen like myself) and her appearance reflects whatever I think is appropriate for her personality. At the moment, she's a redhead. That will probably stay the same for the rest of the story. Literature needs more fiery redheaded heroines. Ayden is intelligent, strong-willed, and in her own terms, very sensible. She dislikes surprises and is not fully reconciled with her gifts as a seventh-born.

Sydney Jenkins: Wizard and secondary main character. Around these two the story circulates. Sydney is essentially an amalgam of the heroes of all my favorite books, with a lot inspiration from my oldest brother Aaron. I know it might seem to some people I've saddled Ayden with a boy's name and Sydney with a girl's, but Sydney's name is taken from Charles Dickens' immortal Sydney Carton, the hero (because it definitely wasn't Charles Darnay or Lucie Manette) from A Tale of Two Cities. Sydney Carton was my favorite character and I liked the careless, charming, reprobate aspect. Dickens' Sydney always reminded me of a con man, and I will always prefer a charming rogue to a brooding hero (they have no sense of humor). On another note, I couldn't very well name him Edward, since Mrs. Meyer already has the copyrights to that. But that's another blog entry for another time. Sydney has no qualms about driving Ayden crazy (he thinks it's funny) and is fiercely protective of her (and this drives Ayden crazy too). They spend their days arguing far more than anything else.

Silas Moses Fletcher: Ayden's older brother. Silas's original name was Senri, but as time went by, I realized it didn't make much sense to give Ayden an Irish name and her older brother a Japanese one. So after much deliberation, I decided on Silas, because I liked the Biblical aspect and the sound of it: it fit in well with his personality. Again, Silas is an expy of  Aaron, only more of a jerk (sorry, bro) and with a black belt in karate. He is very protective of his sister and is usually at odds with Sydney more often than not. He is sarcastic, blunt, and more cynical than his sister about her magical gift. Silas doesn't believe in magic at all. (But as Silas finds out, sometimes you have to face a nightmare to wake up from denial.)

These are the three main characters on whom the third story will relate to. The first two stories were done entirely in Ayden's point of view, and Sydney and Silas wanted a chance to say something in the third installment.  They wouldn't leave me alone about it for almost three weeks until I caved.
So there you have it. The Players of the Drama, as it were, and their adventures, believe me, are just beginning.
Over And Out,


  1. It's hilarous (and appropriate) that you admit both your male characters are, in some way, inspired by me. They had better be! I'm the only guy you know, practically!