I’d like to thank the talented Samantha Dunaway Bryant for asking me to participate in the Meet My Main Character blog hop. You can read her post here. I’ve been looking forward to this because I am always excited to talk about Lara and I want to introduce you to some other interesting main characters. The chain of posts originated with Debra Brown at English Epics 101 and has grown from there.
So without more dithering, here goes:
What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or historical?
The main character of How To Climb The Eiffel Tower is named Lara Blaine. She is a extremely reserved young woman and cancer patient. She is absolutely a fictional character, although she is loosely based on several people I met while I was going through cancer treatment.
When and where is the story set?
The story takes place in 2002 in the fictional town of Magnuson, NC. The year is largely inconsequential to the action, but I needed to set a point in time so Lara’s cancer treatment would be appropriate for what the oncological protocols were in 2002. Magnuson, NC is a completely made up place somewhere in the Piedmont. It resembles Charlotte in some ways, but it is also a bit like Raleigh and Durham. A close reader might notice that How To Climb The Eiffel Tower takes place in the same city that my first book, Overlook, took place in. That book took place in 1976 when North Carolina’s cities were replacing their tobacco-based industries with technology-based industries. By the time we meet Lara, Magnuson’s largest employers are the Ellery Medical Center and the financial services companies. Lara works as an analyst at one of those companies.
What should we know about her?
Lara is a funny, complex woman. She is incredibly bright, yet she is emotionally stuck. She uses her snarky wit to deal with the world and keep herself safe. She is haunted by her memories of her awful childhood and doesn’t know how to move forward. It isn’t until she is diagnosed with cancer that she learns to live.
What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
On the surface, the main conflict is Lara’s struggle to deal with her cancer diagnosis. The larger conflict is Lara’s struggle to overcome her past and learn to accept the love that is offered her.
What is the personal goal of the character?
Lara’s goal in life is to have personal power. She wants to feel loved and learn how to love.
When can we expect the book to be published?
How To Climb The Eiffel Tower will be published on October 3, 2014. It will be available in usual places you buy books. If you can’t wait, it is available to pre-order now.
Now on to the introductions for next weeks posts:
Scarlett Van Dijk is an Australian author of young adult fantasy novels. Her debut novel, Sky Stone, is expected to be published this year.
Scarlett began writing novels at the age of fifteen when she discovered how writing can make dreams come to life. Writing was an emotional release for her during high school and continued to be during university when she began writing the sequel to Sky Stone, Guardian Core.
She is currently undertaking her final year at university, studying Medical Imaging, and hopes to be a fully qualified radiographer at the end of this year. In her spare time, when she isn’t writing, she likes to train in martial arts or connect with other authors online.
Bio – After a long and active career in academia – I’m a human anatomist by trade (you can Google me!)– I decided to shed the constraints of scientific writing and try something truly creative: write a book. That led to another book and soon another, all done with an amazing critique group who taught me the craft of writing. I’ve situated my tales in New England, perhaps because I grew up in a small coastal Massachusetts town, where the Pilgrims just happened to have landed some 340 years ago. One of the most interesting jobs I’ve had is as a tour guide at Plimoth Plantation, the recreation of that first Pilgrim village. My seasons as a child were spent on or in the water, summers on the Maine coast, so that figures into what I write. Maybe Pilgrims someday, too.