Meet My Character Blog Tour


Fellow Wordsmith Sarah Potter at SarahPotterWrites has tagged me in the Meet My Character Blog Tour, which is pretty damn fabulous!

It’s been almost a month since I last posted anything, and I cry your pardon dear blog reader, as I’ve been busy stepping through Imaginationland crafting The Holt, the follow-up to my novel, The Range.

I’m still hoping to release The Range on Amazon kindle this year. All the words are in the right place so it’s just the cover yet to come.

The image above is an extract from The Range. Rather than paste in text from the story I thought it would have more impact in image format.

So, big thanks to Sarah for her invite to accompany her and many others on this tour.

Sarah is speculative fiction, science fiction & fantasy author who also writes wonderful Haiku’s. She is currently mulling over what to call her novel and is asking for input on her recent post, Which Book Title? Your Votes Please… so take a look and help an author out with a tricky question.

My Character

The Blog Tour invites writers to talk about one of their characters, yet I couldn’t decide whether to talk about the reluctant hero or the batcrap crazy big boss bad guy.

Whilst I love all my characters, including the creepy Mr Pedley, I had to go with my central character because she deserves recognition after the shit she’s been through.

So let’s get cracking!

What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Her name is Samantha Brayden. She’s fictional, though that’s not entirely accurate as she’s a blend of a people I’ve known on the journey though life, with some of my own childhood fears and insecurities grafted on.

When and where is the story set?

I was tempted to place the events in the future but in the end decided to keep the setting current. Locations include various places around East Anglia – Norwich, Cambridge, North Norfolk coastal areas. The Range itself is a fictional place, but its location isn’t. After considerable research I found a spot on the east coast that matched exactly what I was looking for – somewhere isolated but close to places I’ve been to and could visit for research like Hunstanton and Holme-next-the-Sea.

What should we know about him/her?

Samantha was studying Film Studies and Media at UEA (University of East Anglia). She has led a somewhat sheltered life, and struggles to combat the same insecurities that encapsulate that of any teenager stepping out into the world for the first time. At her heart she values true friendship, love and honour – old-fashioned values you could say.

What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

The central conflict is based around Samantha saving her friends from Mr Pedley who has taken up residence in the ruined city of Cambridge to form his own new society, one he believes will work in harmony with the planet. However, before that the conflict comes from protecting people from the population who have been infected with a virus that has swept across the country.

There is an overall arc to the story which is based around conquering that ever-present antagonist, fear.

Samantha had dreams of becoming a film director, something she agonises over when she realises that future has been stolen from her.

What is the personal goal of the character?

Initially to survive. When Samantha accepts her old life has no future she realises that when the lights went out and didn’t come back on, no one was coming to save anyone. Other characters refuse to believe a country, or the entire planet, could simply stop functioning, and expect every day things like tap water, ambulances, police and supermarkets will soon resume normal service.

Despite her goals changing she knows she must save those she cares about and who she promised to protect.

Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

Not just a working title, but a real title! It’s called The Range.

Before that I had two different working titles, Zombie Juice and The Survivors. Whilst I liked the Zombie Juice title it felt a little cartoony or cheesy, and The Survivors has been used by other authors and film titles.

For this trilogy I chose an overall title, Bloodwalker Legacy, named after the strange altered humans that some characters believe are an evolutionary step forward.

Part 1 – The Range.

Part 2 – The Holt.

Part 3 – The Retreat.

You can read an extract from Chapter 2 called 2.47 on SarahPotterWriters from my June guest author invite.

When can we expect the book to be published?

You’ll be able to read it on Amazon kindle some time this year. At the moment I’m waiting for a book cover. I’m about half way through writing The Holt, and predict that will be released in 2015. The Retreat has a framework, chapter ideas, overall plot layout, and a few key scenes already written, but no not much else as yet.

So who’s next on the tour?

I’d like to pass the torch on to three writers.

Andrew J. Morgan – I came across Andrew on Goodreads and loved his novel Noah’s Ark for its detail and tense claustrophobic feel. Andrew has written a new novel called Vessel, and posted chapters on his website. He is planning to release vessel on August 1st on Amazon kindle.

Jayme Rayne – Has become something of a writing demon and her prolific none stop writing is very impressive indeed!

R.R Haywood – I’ve posted about Haywood before, most recently in the post My Undead 2013, where I applaud Haywood’s march to the top of the zombie mountain with his stunning The Undead series. Haywood had proved to be a versatile writer with his novel The Second Reality.

18 thoughts on “Meet My Character Blog Tour

  1. Dave, I am truly honored to be on your list! You are right to say, more or less, I’ve been a writing and publishing machine lately. I truly enjoy writing shorts and can’t wait to get my next book published.

    Samantha Brayden is an intriguing character for me. She seems strong, yet fragile. A woman has been through so much yet is a survivor. Although I’m not into lengthy novels, I anxiously await your story to be published so I can read it as whole.

    Keep up the good work Dave and thank you again for the mention!

    1. You’re more than welcome Jayme! The Range is a little longer than a standard novel, at 140,000 words, but I’ve structured it in a way that each chapter is nicely self contained, and the novel is split into 3 parts, so it’s not hard to digest.

  2. I really like the sound of Samantha, which means, as a reader, I’m going to care a great deal about whether she survives the impossibly hairy situation into which you’ve put her.

    Also, it’s always a great challenge to write from the viewpoint of the opposite gender to oneself, but something that’s immense fun, too.

    The best of luck to you with this novel, which I’m so looking forward to reading.

    And, Dave, thanks very much for directing people over to my blog to vote on my novel’s title. The whole thing is giving me an absolute headache — especially as I’ve sent it out to different people under different titles in my first round of submissions, and I’ve now got to remember who has which one!

    1. Writing from the view point of the opposite gender felt like the right thing to do with this story, though choosing Samantha over a male character wasn’t debated, it just started that way, felt right you know?

      It’s been great fun looking at the world from a female characters point of view, and I’ve had to seek advice on many issues!

      Novel titles, for me at least, either tend to come instantly and stick or I spend way too much time thinking about which is the right one, and then changing my mind. I sincerely sympathise with your headache over it. I loved my original title of Zombie Juice, and when The Range popped in my head it felt right, like it was there all along just waiting to be found.

      1. I just discovered what I’ve decided is an excellent source book for authors to draw upon when writing from the opposite gender viewpoint. It’s titled “Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps”. Here’s the link to my recent review of the book on Goodreads

  3. Well at last I’m receiving email alerts to your posts. My goodness you have been busy. I shall mention your novel in my blog, you must be so excited. I cannot believe the patience you writers have, I’m totally in awe. Well done again.

    1. It’s an exciting time indeed! The editing process for The Range was a nightmare at times, but also very rewarding, and yes patience is a virtue all writers need to have!

      1. Don’t know if you’ve sorted your cover out but please feel free to have look at my p/f on and use anything you like free of charge. Edit, change anything at all. No credit needed, no charge, if you see something you like just let me know and I’ll email you the hi res file.

  4. Thanks for the invite to join the blog tour. I’ll pop a post up with my answers—I hope I do it right!

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