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Welcome back to the Warm Fuzzies Blogfest! This is going up a day late (and I never did put up last week’s Fie Eoin Friday >.<) but I’m finally caught up at work and have a bit of time to myself again. Today’s question is not so warm or fuzzy.
How do you kick your MC while they’re down?
As many of you already know, being my MC is a bad thing. A really bad thing. I’m not nice to my favorite characters and it’s much safer to be a wallflower in my books (except for Al… poor Al). The more I like you as a character, the more chance that you’ll die by the end of the book. That’s right, not all my books have happy endings.
Fie Eoin has a moderately happy ending. No MCs die, at least. Which is more than I can say for Pike’s Revenge, Lane’s Girl, Apollo and Daphne, and Book of Souls (and of course Aleda’s Story, which you can read here). But let’s head back to Fie Eoin and see just how much I kick my characters while they’re down. Kindra’s the MC (although Kaye is co-MC I don’t like her as much, and so don’t destroy her life quite the same way I destroy Kindra’s).
The opening scene of the book is a whipping ceremony. Yeah, it hurts. The whole point of the ceremony is to see a vision in the scars the whips leave on the back, which gives the warriors their new name. Kindra’s nameless. Then her twin sister is kidnapped by a rival tribe. Kindra is kicked out of the warriors group and she immediately gets her butt kicked by a different rival (and by kicked, I mean she’s bedridden for a moon or two). She finds out who killed her father, and it’s not who she thought. She’s captured by the tribe that she thinks kidnapped her sister, only to find out they don’t have Kaye. She has to fight her way out – more butt-kicking. The rival who kicked her butt way in the beginning comes back, and kicks her butt some more. Half of her face is badly burnt.
Let’s just stop there and say that she’s my favorite >:)