First I’d like to introduce you lovely readers to Teresa then will move on to my character Darrien.
Teresa Cypher pens wonderful heartwarming science fiction tales, and I’ve enjoyed all her snippets via Weekend Writing Warriors.
Her bio on her blog reads:
If you could peer far enough into the night sky, you'd see a star in any direction you looked. When would you sleep?
Never! There is a story basking in the light of each every one of those stars...some are sad, some are happy, and all are beautiful... full of love and all the human trappings that love carries. Someone must write down their stories...who better, I ask than a writer of dreamers, lovers, and star voyagers?
So very true, Teresa. :) Thanks for inviting me to participate in the blog hop!
Now let's meet the Character from my WIP, The Gryphon and His Thief by Karen Michelle Nutt
Darrien from the Gyphon Tribe of Andros. He’s a fictional character in a modern day setting though he is centuries old.
The book takes place in Arizona, present time though we have a few flashbacks to ancient times in Andros.
What should we know about him/her?
He’s been alive for centuries and is a Gryphon Shifter cursed to guard the Museum of Cursed Antiquities. He can rip a thief to shreds and will if he must to keep the artifacts from falling into the wrong hands.
What messes up his/her life?
His curse messes up his life. His essence/soul is never whole. In the daytime, he is a nerdy caretaker of a museum, while his alter ego is frozen inside the statue of a Gryphon. His nerdy self is only aware of his life at the museum. The curse makes him forget all else. It’s like each morning he reboots and believes he’s just arrived for his shift.
At night, he is the Gryphon shifter, who guards the items in the museum. The only way he can leave the museum is if an artifact is stolen. His Gryphon side will hunt down the thief and eliminate the threat by any means necessary, before returning the item to the museum.
Neither Nerdy Darrien nor Beastie Darrien are aware of the other persona.
What is the main conflict?
Centuries before, Darrien, a powerful Gryphon shifter, was responsible for guarding the tribes’
treasures, but he failed to protect the greatest treasure of all, his wife Callista.
Isa, a shifter from Darrien’s tribe detested that he married a human so she killed Callista, believing Darrien would turn his affection toward her. However, she hadn’t counted on Callista’s father being so grief-stricken that he cursed Darrien for all eternity, separating his soul. One essence would guard by day, and the other would guard by night.
Centuries pass with no end to his loneliness until Calli Angelis breaks into the museum to steal in artifact. Darrien believes she is his reincarnated wife, Callista, but when she steals a cursed item, the beastie inside of him wants to exact revenge, but his human side wishes to protect her. However, retrieving the stolen item and returning it is the least of his problems. He finds out Isa is back in town and her plans prove as diabolical as they were centuries before. He has a second chance to save the woman he loves, but first he must convince her a danger exists, not an easy task when she fights him at every turn.
What is the personal goal of the character?
To retrieve the necromancer stone the thief has stolen. Break his curse and exact justice to the shifter who killed his wife centuries before, and convince Calli she belongs with him.
Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The Gryphon and His Thief
Now here are five wonderful writers you should know. Next Monday (8/4), you’ll be able to check out their Meet My Characters posts on their respective blogs:
Some people are born liars—those people are called writers. Jacquie Rogers’ motto: any story can be improved with a bit of embellishment. It must have been the Holsteins' fault. Yep, that's it. Too much milking leads to way too much imagination. She's author of the Hearts of Owyhee series (Mélange Publishing) and several short stories for Prairie Rose Publications and Western Fictioneers.
JM is the author of passionate, heartfelt contemporary romance. She’s a wife, a mother, a spiritualist, and lover of puppies, and happily addicted to coffee and chocolate. She lives in the rainy Pacific Northwest with her husband, two sons, and two very spoiled dogs. She’s a hopeless romantic who believes everybody should have their happily-ever-after and has been devouring romance novels for as long as she can remember. Writing them has become her obsession. For more about JM Stewart and her books, please visit:
Stephanie Burkhart was born and raised in Manchester, New Hampshire. When she was eighteen she joined the US Army for a great adventure. In 1991, she married her husband in Nykobig, Denmark. In 1997, she left the army and in 2000, she was hired by LAPD as a 911 dispatcher. She has a B.S. degree in political science from California Baptist University, Riverside, CA. She loves chocolate, adores coffee, and has published several romance and children's stories with Desert Breeze Publishing, 4RV Publishing, and Victory Tales Press.