Monday, February 6, 2012

Character Blogfest - Part 1

Welcome to Part 1 of the Character Blogfest, hosted by Cassie Mae. Click the link to return to the participants and list of postings required to play along.

Before I begin, I'm going to plug my blogfest again, happening on February 13th. I'd for you all to stop by and join! Visit here: Hook, Line & Sinker Blogfest.

In Part 1, we're asked to sit a character on the couch and ask the following questions:

1) What is your biggest vulnerability? Do others know this or is it a secret?
2) What do people believe about you that is false? 
3)What would your best friend say is your fatal flaw and why?
4) What would the same friend say is your one redeeming quality and why?
5) What do you want most? What will you do to get it? 

Now, I introduce to you my protagonist, Valence, from Bond of Darkness. Enjoy! 

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1) As a mage of the Affinity, my greatest vulnerability has always been my loyalty. Blind for a while, this all changed when my father was murdered. He was the greatest Bonder who has ever served the Affinity and even to his fellow Bonders, my father’s murder stumps them.

2) People believe that I am like my brother, and he like me. The fact is that I never knew him, nor did he care to become close to me. We are seven years apart, and in the Affinity, that is enough to strain a relationship even among family.

3) My best friend is in fact a Hume, Patricio. I don't think Pat thinks in terms of flaws, as he always compliments me. After all, to him, having a friend in the Affinity is a gift.

4) Of course, Pat would say that I'm unlike the other mages. High-strung, buried in their studies. I have an eye on others.

5) Revenge. My father's murder changed my whole life, primarily the way I perceive things. I look at people differently, I listen more acutely. I suspect everyone.

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Peace and Writing Love,



  1. I feel for your character in just these few short words. Intriguing story line. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I have a soft-spot for mages, and magic, and Valence, sounds very interesting.

    His father's murder intrigues me, as does his friendship with Patricio. It seems from the way Valence speaks having a friendship with a Hume is uncommon, I wounder how he and Patricio met?!

  3. Totally got chills from your last few lines. Wow!

  4. Hi, Justin! I'm a new follower.
    Valence lives cautiously, but it sounds like he has to in order to survive. Good job!

  5. Hey - new follower from bloghop :) Love the sound of your character, he sounds like he has quite an interesting life :)

  6. Justin--I love the idea of loyalty as a vulnerability and revenge as what he wants most. What a fascinating protag! Great job!

  7. Hi! Nice to meet you! I'm a new follower from the Character Blogfest :)

    Your character sounds really cool! Sounds like a story I'd like to read, too.
    Nice to meet you!

  8. Popping over from the blog hop. I love a good revenge story. I hope we get to see it unfold!

  9. Love revenge stories! And he has a great name! Story sounds totally awesome, as well as everyone's "abilities." Great stuff!

  10. I have loved the character Valance from the first day I discovered your blog JW. He is even more intriguing in this interview.


  11. Valance is a great name for a Mage! Definitely like that he's set on revenge!

  12. I really enjoyed meeting Valance, sounds like a very intriguing story!


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