Posts from the Past: EC:GA – How my characters evolved

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These are previous posts that have been dusted off, updated, and freshly presented to an audience that’s never seen them. These limited posts originate from the companion blogs I’ve written for books in my Eternal Curse Series as well as others down the road. Some information may be omitted.

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From 40 Days and Night of Eternal Curse : How my characters evolved

The characters in my book went through many phases, change, and rewritings to become what they are now.  Some of the characters have had name changes, social changes, and even sex changes.

Giovanni went through several name changes. I considered calling him Gerard, Gerod, and even Godfrey, after an actor, my father, and another famous character. The one thing I knew from the beginning was that I wanted his name to begin with the letter ‘G’. For some reason I felt that the character in my dream might have had a name that began with a ‘G’, but I really don’t remember. In addition, I think it was fitting that this character’s name to begin with a ‘G’ seeing as how he is a gray man. Then I came across the name Giovanni watching the credits of a dark comedy and then looked up its meaning. The rest is history.

Abraham was originally supposed to be a lay preacher who was wondering the country and then stumbled upon Giovanni as a sad, scared, and confused young boy. Trying to develop this angle of the story began to depress me. I think the material is good and may use it for something else later, but I needed Abraham to be more cheery.

While the final character of Abraham lives through a great many tragedies, he’s a constant inspiration and symbol of hope, instead of despair. In addition, when I first began to write my draft, I referred to Abraham as Abe, but I quickly went back made a change. Using his full name throughout the book, I feels gives Abraham a sophistication that none of the other characters have.

Mira’s character actually began as two different people, a man, and a woman. Mira became a doctor after I decided that, the less characters involved, the better the sense of isolation would be felt. The doctor in the story was supposed to a character named Jeffery, who is now just a sidebar in the background of Mira’s history. Originally, Jeffery was to somehow meet Giovanni and befriend him, later introducing him to his girlfriend Mira. In this original story, Jeffery dies and Giovanni ends up comforting Mira.

40 Days and Nights of Eternal Curse Copyright © 2012 Toinette Thomas

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My Geekdom 13: Betty Boop

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I like Betty Boop, but more specifically, I like classic Betty.

For the most part I don’t mind old ideas or stories being given a new spin, twist, or retelling, but none of the new Betty stuff is as good as Max Fleischer’s original American sweetheart. I feel like Betty is misunderstood by the masses, a feeling I often have concerning myself. She’s a cartoon, but not necessarily for kids, even though she’s not a bad girl. I think some of my stories and even some of my characters are like this and I’m not speaking specifically of my Eternal Curse Series.

I’d love to see classic Betty back on the big screen. Her cameo in “Who Framed Roger Rabbit?” was cute, but this star deserves to shine on her own.

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Meet Damian Ward (the Blood Angel Series)

Greetings everyone and thanks for stopping by. Today I’ll be adding a special insert into my Character Files with the help of a guest consultant, a.k.a. author Nina Soden. Today we are going to get to know Damian from the Blood Angel Series.

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Before we delve into this character, let’s learn a bit about our guest consultant, Nina Soden. She has bachelor’s degrees in Theatre and Military Science making her great for this profiling position, but she’s not all work and no play. Nina has a love for all things art, including poetry, theatre, and film.

Learn more about Nina Soden here:  BLOG | AMAZON AUTHOR SITE

Without further ado, let’s see what this guy, Damian, is all about.

nomaleBasic Stats

Full Name: Damian Ward

Birth Date: May 24, 1993

Sex: Male

Height: 6’

Weight: 165 lbs. – Slender build with a chiseled face

Eye color: Silver/Grey

Hair color and length: Brown / Short

Language(s): English – Although he suffers from selective mutism due to a trauma he suffered as a young child.

Preferences

Favorite Color: Green

Favorite Food: Steak

Favorite Book or Movie: Lord of the Rings (book and movie)

Favorite Music: Alternative

Favorite Pastime: Reading

Other likes: History

Biography:

As a young child Damian watched as his father’s life was brutally taken from him. Damian only survived because of his burning anger and growing hopes to one day seek revenge against the man—no, monster—that had killed his father. He struggled with selective mutism from that day forward, until he met Alee and learned a new form of communication. Their telepathic connection was only the beginning of Damian’s awakening. Soon he learned that his family’s bloodline held secrets that he never dreamed existed. With his new gift of transformation, Damian was able to see the world through new eyes with a new sense of purpose and strength. What he did with that power was devastating, but everyone makes mistakes—Damian learned from his. In Revenge, the soon to be released final installment of the Blood Angel Series, we learn that Damian, once Alee’s best friend, just might be her worst enemy and only person she can really trust.

Damian’s purpose in the Blood Angel Series

The Blood Angel Series focuses on Alee Moyer, a young girl who discovers there is more to life than anything she could have ever imagined. Having been diagnosed with Aplastic Anemia at a young age she spends most of her childhood in and out of hospitals. However, soon after her father’s death she learns that her real affliction isn’t something that is covered in the medical books. She is the first surviving dhampir in history, part vampire and part witch, and her life is about to change forever. Damian, although he has his own struggles and challenges to overcome throughout his childhood, is thrown into Alee’s life mid high school and although they don’t know it at first they were born to be enemies that won’t be able to survive without each other.

How does Damian feel about his/her book peers?

Damian’s sole focus is revenge, until he meets Alee and starts to experience feelings he has never had before. He learns to open up, develops closer friendships, and even begins his transformation from a mere human to a powerful lycanthrope. Although Damian and Alee share a strong connection, it isn’t until it’s too late before he realizes that what he is feeling is love. His best friend, Kyle, quickly becomes his rival when Kyle and Alee start dating. Victoria, Damian’s twin sister, is the only one he can turn to as their world begins to change around them and the reality of what it means to be a lycanthrope settles in.

About the Blood Angel Series

Awaken (book 1):

Awaken is set in a world very much like our own, yet Atlanta isn’t just an ordinary city and Alee Moyer isn’t just an ordinary girl. Having barely survived her childhood it will take the death of her father for the truth of her true bloodline to come out. Even if it means losing her life, or at least her identity she won’t be able to escape her true destiny as the first surviving Dhampir in history. Surrounded by a new world where the horror films she grew up watching have become reality and the most unlikely characters have become her lifeline, Alee will struggle to find herself and her purpose.

Beginnings (book 2):

Having lost her family Alee has been thrown into a new life and new world. Camouflaged by the mundane happenings of a high school existence she would never have guessed what was happening below the surface in, “The Underground”. She’s a Dhampir, the first in history, but with that power also comes danger. Will Alee be able to survive her destiny or will it prove more powerful than she?

Revenge (book 3):

Having died in her father’s arms only to awaken in a pool of blood surrounded by the corpses of the mutilated, her true love among them, who could blame her for what she did next? Wouldn’t you seek REVENGE?

Part horror thriller – part tender romance and filled with magic and paranormal delights – the Blood Angel Series will leave readers wanting more!

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Well now, that was fascinating. I am very pleased with this special insert to the Character Files from the ToiBox. I think my guest consultant, author Nina Soden, did a wonderful job and I wish her all the best with Damian and all the other characters from the Blood Angel Series. Be sure to pick up your pre-order copy of Revenge today, before its release in late August.

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Posts from the Past: EC:GA What’s in a Name?

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These are previous posts that have been dusted off, updated, and freshly presented to an audience that’s never seen them. These limited posts originate from the companion blogs I’ve written for books in my Eternal Curse Series as well as others down the road. Some information may be omitted.

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From 40 Days and Night of Eternal Curse: What’s in a Name?

The characters in this book are very different from each other and uniquely special; it makes sense that their names would also be uniquely special.

Giovanni- In the story the reader learns that Giovanni is given a used name; it is not the name he was meant to have. With his mother gone, Giovanni remains nameless until a grieving Italian nurse, names him after her dead son. The name means ‘God is gracious’.

Mira- Mira never learns why or how she was named, because she was adopted by a man who never took the time to tell her. She never even knew there was any significance to her name, until Giovanni told her. Mira (pronounced My-ra (traditionally) or Mir-a) is derived from the word ‘miracle’ or ‘miraculous’ and is the name given to the first discovered variant star.

Abraham- The meaning of Abraham’s name is never mentioned in the story, but it is a truly fitting name for the character he personifies. Abraham means ‘exalted father’.

Sarah- Sarah is indirectly compared to the legendary Grace Kelley in one small passage of the book. Kelly is most famous for leaving behind the fame of Hollywood to become a real life princess. It is only fitting that the root meaning of Sarah be ‘princess’.

Seth- Seth is a complicated character, so it makes sense that his name be complicated also. His name means both ‘appointed’ and ‘substitute’. Biblically speaking, Seth was the replacement child born after Cain killed Abel. In this story, you’ll read how Seth is appointed one duty, but opts to substitute for another, causing a ripple effect of misfortune.

Marcos- Well this guy isn’t a nice guy, so of course his name reflects that. Marcos is derived from Marcus, which is the proper Latin name for Mars. Mars, depending on which mythology you choose to follow, was either the god of war or fertility. They are basically the same person, but at different times. Either way, he is a very mischievous character.

Bletsian- Out of all the characters in my book, Bletsian has the name that truly suits him. I could not have named him anything else. In fact, I settled on his name by researching character traits I wanted him to have, and by thinking of what I ultimately wanted him to represent. His name means ‘blessing or to make holy’ because the Greek origin of the word blessing is ‘bletsian’. Once you read the book, you’ll understand why this had to be his name.

40 Days and Nights of Eternal Curse Copyright © 2012 Toinette Thomas

This article may be part of a collection that has now been published in book form. To learn more and see all the tidbits not mentioned here, please visit the Books tab to find the corresponding book for this article.

Thank you for taking the time to read this post. If you like it let me know and share it with others. See you next time, Toi Thomas. #thetoiboxofwords