Character Bio – Malicevile Hellshire

Name: Malicevile (Mali-see-ville) Hellshire

Age: Unknown

Description: Dark hair, green eyes, sharp features, tall.

Style: Suits and other professional business attire.

Personality Traits: Cocky, relentless, aggressive.

Strengths: Tracking abilities, deal making, patient, upper-level demon, calculated.

Weaknesses: Holy water, sunlight, underestimates people.

Malicevile Hellshire Quote TaintedQuote: “The girl has spunk. All these years I thought I’d have to toughen her up.” I loved writing Malicevile’s character. He’s much more than just an evil demon, and it was fun to come up with his motives.

Theme song: Had Enough by Breaking Benjamin

Fun facts: Malicevile could easily capture Cami, but he enjoys tormenting and wearing her down. All of his actions are heavily planned, and they all have a reason behind them.

Also, Malicevile’s last name is never mentioned in Tainted.

Thanks so much for reading a more in-depth look at the demon you wouldn’t want hunting you!

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Character Bio – Tristan Sparks

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Name: Tristan Sparks

Age: 19

Physical Features: Over six feet, reddish-brown hair, bright green eyes, lanky yet strong.

Style: Jeans and T-shirts, always has some sort of leather bands with elfin charms.

Strengths: Tristan is an elf with a strong grasp of magic. He’s persistent, caring, selfless, and wise beyond his years.

Weaknesses: Overly curious and somewhat of a pushover.

Quote: “While the HPA is powerful, they’re not all powerful. Look how many times they’ve underestimated you, or all the times their skills were faulty, or the times that their own people have turned against them—they’re only human.” This is one of my favorite Tristan quotes because of the truth of his words.

Fun Facts:

  • Tristan’s last name is never actually mentioned in the novel.
  • I had a lot of fun creating what elves are like in my HPA and Creature Council world. Elves happen to be one of the most powerful creatures and can create all sorts of charms and talismans for any situation. It’s why they have one of the few seats on the council.
  • The HPA used elfin blood to formulate the virus to alter human DNA to give people a tracking ability like Evie’s.
  • Tristan has the potential to live hundreds of years if he’s careful.
  • The telling feature of an elf is their pointy ears.

I hope you enjoyed a more in-depth look at one of my favorite book boyfriends, and I hope you enjoy Tristan in Stolen from Me, which you can purchase here.

XOXO,

Ginna

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Altered to Kill Character Bio: Lexie Lumins

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Name: Lexie Lumins

Age: Mid-twenties

Physical Features: Long black hair, blue eyes, petite, 5’4”

Style: Maxi skirts, bold patterns, colorful, full-length dresses, lots of jewelry

Strengths: Matriarch of Luminous Sisterhood, sensibility, independent, empathetic

Weaknesses: Always puts others first, bound by Enchantress Sisterhood law

Quote: “The mind is a powerful thing.” I love this quote because it sums up enchantresses. They understand the mind because their power influences it. They have to know just what to say to get an everlasting effect on someone. Physical commands are easy, but changing the way a person thinks takes a master. It’s why Lexie is the matriarch of her faction of the Enchantress Sisterhood.

Fun Facts:

  • Lexie is responsible for helping Alyssa Callaghan, from the Destined for Dreams series and Escaping Fate, leave the hardships of her life.
  • Lexie has no living biological family.
  • The book she shows Mira with the history of the HPA is one of four in existence. Only the other matriarchs of the sisterhood have a copy except for the Ever Sisterhood, since there isn’t a matriarch. The remaining copy resides with the Creature Council’s enchantress from the Destined for Dreams series.
  • The different factions of the Enchantress Sisterhood are Luminous, Crescent, Midnight, and Ever.

I hope you’ve enjoyed an in-depth look at the amazing enchantress, Lexie Lumins! Sign up for my newsletter to read about Lexie’s first appearance in the creature world that the Destined for Dreams series and the Finding Nate series share.

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Altered to Kill Character Bio: Liam Schultz

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Name: Liam Schultz

Age: 17

Physical features: Dark hair, dark eyes, tan skin, over six feet, thin and sinewy, facial scruff.

Style: Lots of black clothes, boots, hoodies, occasionally jeans.

Favorite activities: Playing guitar and singing, driving, music, performing at open mic night, song writing.

Fears: Not being strong enough, losing Mira, having his memories rewritten again.

Strengths: Level headed, great critical thinking skills, open-minded, adaptive.

Weaknesses: Being human, easily persuaded

Quotes: “‘Please, stay.’ His face hovers close, and through the shadow, I can see the outline of his eyes… ‘Mira, I know you’re with my best friend. I get that, and I respect that. But, I can’t stop myself from caring about you. I just wanted you to know. You’ve been in my life for so long, and I want to keep it that way. Please, stay with me. Please.’” I love the words Liam tells Mira when she’s recovering from the ceraste venom. He speaks his mind, unsure whether or not she can hear him, and does it because he’s unsure of what happens next. It shows how much he cares for her, even if nothing can happen between them.

Fun facts:

  • The song Liam sings to Mira in the car when she gets hit with a dart is one he wrote specifically for her. He thinks it was after Nate died, but Mira knows immediately that it had to be when she and Nate were still together since Nate never died. She’ll never mention it to him.
  • Liam blames Nate for all of their misadventures, even though it was the HPA’s fault.
  • Mira’s enchantress blood is what sways him in making the decision to help her find Nate.

I hope you’ve enjoyed Liam’s character bio! Do you have anything else you’d like to know? Leave your questions in the comments.

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Character Bio-Alyssa Callaghan

When plotting out a loose storyline for Destined for Dreams, Nadia Petrov was supposed to be a complete loner, but when I actually sat down to write the novel, she had a best friend from the very first page. Alyssa Callaghan’s character was a lot of fun to write because of her seer ability. While Alyssa isn’t all-knowing—her visions are based off the decisions of others—she’s definitely someone you’d want on your side.

Nadia and Alyssa are a lot alike because they both see things in their own worlds—nightmares or visions—that they can’t see in real life while living in their community. They also see the worst of the world, from people’s fears to the consequences of bad decisions, and the darkness that shadows over them through their abilities is what bonds them together.

Now without giving too much away, I’d like to share Alyssa’s character bio with you.

 

Alyssa Callaghan

Name: Alyssa Callaghan
Age: Seventeen
Hair Color: Red
Eye color: Green
Ability/Creature: Seer—predicts the outcome of decisions/ can narrow down the best possible outcome for a specific decision.
Family: Considers Nadia and Dmitri family.
Fears: Alyssa is afraid of her past and of losing the people she cares about. 
Strengths: She’s reasonable and not quick to make decisions. She is a good judge of character and brave.
Quote: “My advice is to just not make any decisions yet. First think about the future you’d have with Hunter and if it would be worth risking everything you have for it.”

I hope you enjoyed this look at Alyssa Callaghan! If you have any non-spoilery questions, please leave a comment. I love hearing from you!

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Breathing Life into Characters

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One of my favorite things about writing a novel is breathing life into my characters. It’s not every day that you get to give someone a name, an appearance, and a personality. But there’s more to it—you want your characters to be authentic, to feel as real to your readers as they do to you. So, when creating a character, I always think about what makes them real to me.

Is it how I imagine they look or is it the way they sound? Is it their struggles or hopes and dreams? What makes a character real to you will make the character real to your reader. Here are a few questions to ask yourself when you’re imagining your characters.

 

 

 

What is your character’s full name?
That’s right—they need an identity.

Does your character have a nickname?
Nicknames can show a character’s personality or portray their relationship with another character.

How old are they?
Age isn’t only a number—it’s an important factor for your character’s voice.

What do they look like?
Physical descriptions help readers imagine your characters. Writing your character’s physical description down for reference also helps, because you don’t want your character’s eye color to switch halfway through your novel.

What is their clothing style?
Everyone has a style and you want it to be consistent, so get to know your character’s closet. Jeans and T-shirts? Dresses? High fashion? There are so many possibilities.

What are your characters word choices?
Word choice helps aid your characters voice. Each of my characters has their own vocabulary and keeping a list of words and phrases can be helpful.

What habits do your characters have?
If someone were writing about me, I’d expect my signature move to be tucking my hair behind my ear because I hate it in my face. What do your characters do that sets them apart from each other or brings them together?

What else do you want your readers to know about your characters?
You can write about their interests, fears, hopes, favorite color, favorite food, jobs, family, etc. Let the reader really get to know your character. It’s what they want and expect.

Another hint for creating characters is to not force yourself into a box. It’s okay for your character to grow and change—it’s what they’re supposed to do—so take the time after you write your novel to answer the questions again to see the progress of your character. It can also help in the editing process. Know your characters like you know yourself…or better.

What questions do you ask yourself when creating your characters? If you’re a reader, what do you like to learn most about a character?

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