Saturday, October 01, 2011

Please Welcome Minnette Meador to my blog

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Minnette gives us some interesting insight into her characters

DISECTING THE ID – THE GLADIATOR PRINCE

Christine challenged me with some very interesting questions about my protagonists and they really made me think; what DO I really know about my protagonists? So, here goes…

THANE, THE GLADIATOR PRINCE

Thane begins as an angry Celt. He has had his family destroyed by Romans, has lost his children by giving them up to keep them safe, and finds himself tied to the lives of 40 other men by unbreakable codes.

Thane searched the horde of men sitting in a circle around him. He would have given his life for any one of them, but ironically, he would have killed them in an instant in the arena if required. It was a code that had taken him a long time to adjust to, but that had to be in place for the survival of the group. THE GLADIATOR PRINCE, CHAPTER VIII

As he grows through the story he begins to allow himself to think of freedom again, but often stops himself because he knows he is and always will be a slave. He also finds himself in situations where he is not in control. Time and again he has to curb his anger or frustration with Phaedra and her brother Bahar. He also realizes that there are prejudices he would have never thought he had until he finds himself in the heart of Rome. His hate runs very deep. There are many things I love about Thane; he is honest to a fault, believes deeply in honor and his vows, he is compassionate when he needs to be but tough when he has to be. He is also protective, warm and passionate at times as well. On the other hands he is decidedly stubborn, has a bit of the berserker in him, which can be very dangerous at times, and is convinced his slavery is his lot in life and will never change. His fighting skills are second to none, from the immaculate way he handles a sword, to the speed of his mastery of a violent situation. Thane is almost always in command… that is unless Phaedra is around…

PHAEDRA – THE LANISTA’S DAUGHTER

Imagine if you will, the life of a girl living in an environment of some of the most brutal fighting and training the Roman world had to offer. Outside her window, the ludis is filled with men learning to tear each other apart, to win in the arena. For Phaedra, she starts out on some levels spoiled, willful, and demanding. She is used to getting what she wants and can’t understand how a slave can command her so easily, so she works at making it difficult. It rubs up against everything she has been raised to believe. It takes the softer side of Thane and recognizing brilliance and compassion where she thought there was none. She is also very smart, but has a difficult time showing it. Trained from the time she could see above the table in herb lore, chemistry, and alchemy, she is a talented healer, though she keeps it very secret. When it comes to her brother Bahar, she is fierce in her protection and sacrifices more than most to keep a secret. Once you get passed the strong shields she places around her heart, she is a devoted friend, a passionate love, and a stalwart protector. She is also a lot stronger than she looks. Her growth through the story is amazing; from a spoiled immature child she becomes a strong independent woman in many ways… and through many hardships. Yet, she keeps her wits about her and always, at least finally, does what she knows is right.

Her heart pounded madly against her ribs, and a sheen of sweat coated her forehead and back of her neck, leaving her hair damp. All she had to do was go out to the street, turn left, and just walk away. It was that easy.

Is your love worth your life?

Closing her eyes, she bowed her head and did something she had not done since she was a child. She got onto her knees and clasped her hands together. Sorrow constricted her chest until she could barely breathe, and her voice was no more than a whisper.

“Please…” she whimpered, grief shaking the words, sobs scrabbling up her throat. “Please, sweet mother Bona Dea… make me strong… give me courage to do what I have to,” she pleaded. THE GLADIATOR PRINCE, CHAPTER XXXIX

24 comments:

Minnette Meador said...

Good morning, everyone! Thanks so much, Christine, for letting us share your blog today. It's absolutely beautiful!

Today's prize is an eCopy of both The Centurion & The Queen and The Edge of Honor to one commenter. If you have any questions at all, please don't be shy. :o)

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Julee J. Adams said...

It is a pretty blog and thanks, Minnette for sharing more of the lives of your characters. Humanity in a cruel world gives us drama. Have a great day, ladies!

juleejadams (at) gmail (dot) com

Kiru Taye said...

The characters come across as strong yet endearing. Well done, Minnette.

Minnette Meador said...

Thanks, Julee... You are such an angel.

That does my heart good, Kiru. I really hope that came across in the book. :o)

KirstenF said...

I love your characters! They really jump off the page, I can't wait to read this one! Congrats on another great book.

Kirsten F
Cowgurlz_14@hotmail.com

Minnette Meador said...

Thanks, Kirsten! I really hope you like it! :o)

shadow_kohler said...

Hi! How are you today? Having fun with judging the romance contest? Great post! Its fun to read about your characters. I love getting to know them. :) They just call to a person! Your very talented. :) Hope you have a wonderful day!!!

Jean P. said...

Good morning, everyone. I think this is the best stop on the tour. I am very character driven in a story and this was just perfect for me. Thanks, Minette.

Minnette Meador said...

I'm good today, Shadow, and hopefully, the contest won't take long. There are less entries this year...

I am too, Jean. Robert Heinlein used to say, "Even when it's about aliens, it's about people." I try hard to make it about the characters... to me, they are the most important part of any novel.

Na said...

Hi all! Thane is the sort of hero I gravitate towards. I like them dark, to have experienced some sort of loss or hurt, and it's not because I like seeing them suffer. I like for them to grow and really transform as the story progresses. I'm also interested in what type of heroine will be the one for them. Phaedra seems to challenge him and not fall for him easily like so many women. I think they suit nicely :)

Minnette, do you have an ideal character combination when you write a story (oppposites attract etc.) or does it depend?

Minnette Meador said...

Actually, I think I have a bag of character types, Na, but they always clash. In Centurion Delia actually poisoned Marius and his men to help her people escape. In Edge I added a vixen to tempt Marius... In Gladiator the rift between Thane and Phaedra started out as a hate/love (well, lust anyway)beginning. In Ghost it was a comedy of disasters. There is always some kind of conflict between my main characters... I love torturing them so! :o)

tammy ramey said...

Good Morning Everyone,
what a beautiful blog page!
i loved the post today Minnette and i am really looking forward to getting to know these characters.

trvlagnt1t@yahoo.com

Minnette Meador said...

Thanks, Tammy... As coincidence would have it I am just now wrapping up your book and sending it your way... I really hope you enjoy it! :o)

Bama said...

afternoon! interesting post! :)

Minnette Meador said...

Hi, Bama! Glad to see you... :o)

Isabella said...

Could not put turn these books off! Loved them all...forever fan here!

Minnette Meador said...

Whoohoo, Isabella! I'm so glad you like them... Makes me smile ~grin~ :o)

brigitte said...

nice post. love to hear more about you. i also love the pictures here on christine youngs blog.. thanks you both for having me. brigitte

Anonymous said...

Intriguing characters in a violent world, and Helluva code of honor.

Characters are one of THE most important parts of a novel. And from these character sketches, I've love to read this book.

Minnette Meador said...

Thanks for coming over, Brigette! This really is a wonderful blog isn't it?

Thanks, Anonymous!

Thanks so much to everyone who came over yesterday and especially to the amazing Christine Young (who, by the way, writes fabulous books!)

And the winner of the two eBooks (The Centurion & The Queen and The Edge of Honor) is...

Kiru Taye! Congratulations, girl! Just drop a note to mmeador at minnettemeador dot com with your email address and what format you would like those in and I'll get them sent off to you!

See everyone on Monday! Last two days... :o)

Kiru Taye said...

Woop! Woop! I won, I won. LOL

Thanks again Minnette and also Christine for hosting this contest.

I look forward to reading the books.

Cheers.

Genene Valleau said...

Minnette--as always, great info and insight! (((HUGS))) to you!

Minnette Meador said...

You are most welcome, Kiru!

Hi, Genene! Big hugs! I'm so glad you came over... M:o)