I’ve been tagged in the Meet my Main Character blog tour by Rebecca Clare Smith, so I’ve decided I’ll join in the fun.
Here are the rules:
The taggee must write a post answering the same seven questions about their MC (main character). Then the taggee becomes the tagger and chooses five other authors.
I wasn’t actually sure which to use – Grey O’Donnell, Jyximus Faire, or even Fowlis Westerby, my beloved Cavalier ghost. That said, as The Necromancer’s Apprentice is my most recent title, I figured I’d put Jyximus under the spotlight. He’s the eponymous Apprentice, and the character most readers have yelled at whilst reading the book!
1. What is the name of your main character? Is he a fictional or a historical person?
Jyximus Faire. And fictional.
2. When and where is the story set?
I’m not entirely sure as to the ‘when’ – as with a lot of stories in fantasy settings, the time is that odd hinterland of different eras. I suppose there’s an element of the Victorian to it, but with Renaissance thrown in. It’s set in both the Underground City, which is where Jyx’s family lives, and the City Above, where Jyx studies magic and begins life as an apprentice at the House of the Long Dead.
3. What should we know about him?
He’s impatient. VERY impatient. He has a lot of talent and a lot of potential but unfortunately he knows it – he believes the Academy is holding him back and he studies magick he’s not really ready for.
4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?
Ironically the one thing that should be the start of an amazing life – going to work with the Necromancer General, Eufame Delsenza. She gives him simple tasks and he demonstrates the same impatience that gets him into trouble at school.
5. What is his personal goal?
It would be easy to think of Jyx as being a bit of an idiot, or even arrogant, about his abilities, but his impatience comes from a very innocent place – he wants to do well in life so he can lift his mother and siblings out of poverty. If he can just make it as a mage, or better yet as an assistant to Eufame, then they can leave the slums of the Underground City. He wants power but not necessarily for himself, more what it would enable him to do for others.
6. Is there a working title for this novel and can we read more about it?
It’s called The Necromancer’s Apprentice, and it’s available at Amazon, Smashwords, B&N and Kobo. There is also heaps of extra content available through my Underground City category, where I’ve got links to blog posts that discuss the world building in greater depth. You can also check it out on Goodreads where there are lots of lovely reviews.
7. When can we expect the book to be published?
It came out in March this year, and work on the sequel is underway!
Right, so now I’m going to tag…
- Nerine Dorman
- Sonya Clark
- Tony Noland
- Steven Montano
- River Fairchild