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Character Blog Hop! Featuring Edward Jasper

I had a lot of fun with the WIP blog hop, and when I received an invite from Nadine Ducca to take part in this, I gladly accepted.

This will be an interview carried out by Cloverpuff, the dimension-hopping bunny.  As for the character, I’ve decided to subject Edward Jasper to this.

Poor Ed is the protagonist for both Jasper City and Jasper’s Fall.  He was fighting on the front lines alongside his brother when he decided to desert a rebuild a city for a group of survivors he met.  It goes fine for a little while, as people try to rebuild, but soon enough it all goes to hell.  We meet him as he’s living on the streets, avoiding the Guards who are out for his blood.

What’s your name?
She already told you this.  Edward Donovan Jasper.

What were you doing when I came in?
I was reading the Bible.  It helps, sometimes.

If I told you you had to do some spring cleaning right away, what would you throw out?
There’s nothing I really CAN throw out.  I don’t have very much anymore.  I need to hold on to and use what I have.

Look deep into my eyes… Do you have any secrets you’d like to confess?
I have plenty of secrets.  None of them are things I care to confess.  Especially not in front of my children.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I suppose I would wish to be better with speaking to people.  My brother’s good at that, but I’m not.  Maybe if I could do that, I would’ve found a way out of this mess I’m in now.

And what do you like most about yourself?
Haha.  Well, at the moment I can’t say there’s too much of me to like.  I’m resilient, I guess?  Resourceful?  I have managed to live like this undetected for ten years.

Is there anyone you really, really hate? Come on, you can tell me!
Honestly, I can’t think of anyone.  You’re probably expecting me to name my brother, as he’s the reason why I’m in this mess.  But I can’t do it.  He’s family, after all.  And his motives for what he did aren’t what you think.

Imagine it’s a typical Saturday afternoon. What are you doing?
The same thing I do every night.  I’m back at our camp with my children, either having dinner or sleeping.  Sometimes the little ones like bedtime stories, so I give them those.  We don’t have calendars anymore, so I don’t know when Saturdays come or go.

What’s your strongest childhood memory? It can be good or bad.
When my neighbor, Samuel Mallory, committed suicide.  I was the one who found him.  He hanged himself.  I remember running out of there, not knowing what to do and kept my mouth shut.  It was a week before anyone else found him.  He looked awful.  I also remember being scared for weeks that they’d find something of mine there and think I had something to do with killing him.

Well, thank you for your time! Before I head on back to my dimension, can you complete this sentence for me?

If I could be a domestic appliance, any appliance, I’d be a…
Well that’s a silly question.  I honestly have no idea.

Thanks for your time, Edward!

Let me know if you’d like to take part!  I’ll be happy to link your post here.

Work in Progress Blog Hop: The Next Big Thing!

I was introduced to this by way of Lanise Brown.  The hop will be going on all this week, so keep an eye on the links and follow them to meet some new authors.

Rules:

***Answer the ten questions about your current WIP (Work In Progress) on your blog.
***Tag five other writers/bloggers and add their links so we can hop over and meet them.

What is the working title of your book?  Jasper City

Where did the idea come from for the book?  It’s the name of the city in which this story is set.

What genre does your book fall under?  Dystopic Speculative Fiction.  I at first categorized it as science fiction, but the plot isn’t exactly science-driven.  The setting is far future, there are sapient androids and significant technological advancements played a part in making the world what it is.  But because the story centers around a dystopia, that’s why I place it somewhere out of the traditional SF.

Which actors would you choose to play your characters in a movie rendition?  This is another difficult one for the sheer number of characters involved, so I’ll stick with the three main ones.  I’d imagine Mayor Calvin to be played by Philip Seymour Hoffman, while Edward Jasper can be played by Linus Roache.  Joaquin Phoenix could play as Mayor’s right hand Dexter McMahon, but I can’t put a finger on who could play the rest of the characters.

What is the one-sentence synopsis of your book?  Suspected terrorist Edward plots revenge on the Mayor of his city, while the Mayor’s right hand questions his role in the power struggle.

Will your book be self-published or represented by an agency?  That, I’m still working out.  My goal is to get it polished enough to submit to Amazon’s Breakthrough Novel Award contest.  I would like to pursue agent representation if that falls through, but I’m also considering using this to build up a platform.

How long did it take you to write the first draft of your manuscript?  I would say it took me the better part of six months.  I started Jasper City in the summer of 2011 for Camp NaNoWriMo.  I wound up finishing it in January before letting the draft sit and breathe.  I’m still working on the edits to the second draft, and while it is extremely rough I am proud of what I’ve written.

What other books would you compare this story to within your genre?  Recently I found the book Lost Everything by Brian Francis Slattery.  When I read the description I was stunned to find the similarities between the two books.  The protagonist is a father with a shady past, and the setting was a future United States altered by war and climate change so that it was all but unrecognizable.  There are plenty of similarities when you get into the book.

Who or What inspired you to write this book?  I started out with the idea to write a book with the typical hero vs. villain plot, in which the protagonist was the shining hero against a despicable enemy.  The twist would come at the end when the hero is exposed to be even worse than his nemesis, and the villain redeemed.  I wanted there to be a shock for the reader when he realized he was rooting for the wrong character all along.  It would take some doing, but nobody would accuse me of not being ambitious!

As I got on with writing the story, that initial goal became less and less feasible.  Instead of black and white morality, even the illusion of such, there are shades of gray.  And those shades are very, very dark.

My story was partially inspired by a few things.  First was Nine Inch Nails’ albun Year Zero, and a travel journal I read about an American’s trip to North Korea.  Year Zero  gave me some inspiration for the plot, while the North Korea journal gave me an idea for the culture of the city in which this story would be set.  Jasper City is incredibly isolationist, suspicious of the few strangers who cross their walls, and filled with propaganda.  The Book of Eli also gave me a feel for what a post-war midwest would look like.

What else about your book might pique the reader’s interest?  I don’t like answering questions like this, because it makes me feel too conceited.  But, I’ll give it a shot.  The ideas of good and evil are played with and twisted, which gives a refreshing break from the typical good vs. evil archetype.  The book also follows multiple protagonists, creating suspense between the two plotlines and giving a glimpse into two dramatically different lifestyles.  There’s even an element of romance, but it’s short-lived.

Next up I tag:
C.P. Bialois and Jamie B. Musings.  Their posts will be linked to soon!
Shane Jeffrey talks about his WIP, titled The Park.
Diane Carlisle shares her novel draft, Precinct 9.
If you want to join in this hop, send me a message and I’ll be happy to link you to my page.