Last week, a fellow blogger invited me to be part of Meet My Character Blog Tour.
Sherri blogs and writes from England, her native land, after many years spent in California. Although she didn’t have to learn a new language, she had to adjust to a new lifestyle as she raised her children in the Golden State.
I also live in California, away from my native France. This common characteristic established a natural bond between Sherri and me. Although we’ve never met and communicate only through our blogs, I’ve learned a lot about Sherri and the challenges of her life, thanks to her regular posts and gorgeous photos. She is now at work on a memoir.
Thank you, Sherri, for thinking of me for this event.
It’s now my turn to tell you about Cameron, the main character of my novel Trapped in Paris (for readers 12 and up).
1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Cameron is the main character in my novel. He’s sixteen, American, and the product of my imagination.
2. When and where is the story set?
The story is set in Paris and the Parisian suburbs in April 2010 when a volcano erupted in Iceland, disturbing air transportation through most of the world for days and even weeks.
3. What should we know about him/her?
Cameron lives in Portland, Maine. His father owns a small float of fishing boats and expects Cameron to work with him someday.
Cameron is the middle child of five and also the only boy, which gives him a good understanding of girls and a natural respect for them.
Cameron is close to his mother, a third-grade teacher, and to his fifteen-year-old sister Maddie. He also adores his eight-year-old sister Rose.
4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Cameron’s girlfriend Lilley has dumped him brutally for another boy. This recent broke-up episode adds to Cameron’s natural prudence.
He has never told his father that he’s scared of the ocean and that he doesn’t want to be a fisherman. Although he has never traveled away from his native state, Cameron’s curious about the world. So when his High School’s French Club plans a trip to Paris over spring break, he wants to go. Still heartbroken, he doesn’t want to fall in love ever again.
So when he’s stuck at the Paris airport when the volcano erupts, he wants to stay away from Framboise, a girl he meets there. Yet this girl’s different from his former girlfriend, intriguing and convincing, and when she suggests to leave the airport for Paris, Cameron gives in.
When he and Framboise witness a crime on the River Seine, they are kidnapped by a dangerous man and kept in an empty flat. From that moment, the two of them will become unlikely partners in a fast, action-packed four-day adventure through the Parisian suburbs.
5. What is the personal goal of the character?
For the first time, Cameron is confronted to several new, important experiences.
He fell in love and a girl broke his heart.
He’s miles away from home.
He’s stuck in a foreign airport.
He meets Framboise, a girl who speaks three languages, has traveled the world, and is adventurous.
He will have to rely on Framboise while he wants to stay away from girls.
He will also have to trust his survival instinct, brave danger, and act with courage to help Framboise when the two of them get separated.
Ultimately Cameron will learn to believe in himself.
6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
When I started this story, a title jumped to my mind: Ash Cloud.
I thought it would be the final title until a writing friend told me that Ash Cloud was misleading. My husband shared the same opinion, so I reconsidered. Changing the working title wasn’t easy, but ultimately I agreed that the volcano eruption triggers the story but isn’t the main topic.
The final title Trapped in Paris is the product of a brainstorming session between my husband and me.
7. When can we expect the book to be published?
I published the novel in the fall 2012. It’s available through Amazon and can be ordered in any bookstore.
Last fall, I teamed up with the same editor for a new novel that will hopefully be available before the end of 2014. In addition, I have two other completed manuscripts that I intend to publish as well. I have also recently submitted a short story to a French publishing company for an anthology.
I’m happy to return Sherri’s invitation and invite other writers on Meet My Character Blog Tour.
You’ll notice that the five of them are women. Nothing against men! Several men are among my favorite writers. And I also know terrific bloggers who are men.
I selected women to support the #ReadWomen2014 twitter initiative.
I owe the idea to Kimberly who wrote about it earlier this year.
The writers below are women I respect and admire. Their writing and blogs inspire me. They make me feel good about being a woman and hopeful for a kinder world in which art would play a more active role.
Listed in alphabetical order and not in order of preference, using the blogs’ names:
Life Between the Sheets (of paper): Story, Art, and Poetry
Mona writes posts infused with poetry. In addition to her poems, Mona has completed a YA novel, now a quarter finalist in the Amazon Breakthrough novel. Cheers to her success!
I was drawn to Mona’s blog because of her American-Mexican heritage, and the fact that she’s using challenges and work experiences as powerful ingredients in her writing.
Thoughts on life, writing, creativity and magic
Andrea runs a high quality blog where I always read beautifully crafted posts and also find inspiration to fuel my own writing. Her posts about creativity are among my favorites.
Andrea’s writing has been noticed and recognized. Her list of awards and prizes is too long to list here.
Thoughts on reading, writing, travels, and all things Italian
I could only be attracted to Kimberly’s blog. Kimberly was born in the US and lives now in Italy with her family. Besides her regular blog posts, Kimberly writes fiction. Many of her short stories have been published. I read Amica del cuore in the anthology Foreign and Far Away and liked it very much. Kimberly has completed two fiction novels.
Author – children and young adults
I like Australian writers – Markus Zusak is my favorite – so when I met Stella who writes from Australia, I knew I would feel at home.
Through her extensive teaching and writing experience Stella provides concrete advice to recent and more seasoned writers. Some tips apply more specifically to Australian writers, but inspiration and support are international. Stella has already published many books. Some of them have received awards. Her latest book will be in print this year.
Teagan Ríordáin Geneviene is one of the most unique and creative writers I’ve met online.
She writes fantasy fiction and started blogging when she embarked the indie boat to publish her novel Atonement, Tennessee.
As a personal practice exercise Teagan started a project called Three Ingredients. Using three cooking or baking ingredients, she concocts the most original posts, blending plot, characterization, and setting with the expertise of a chef. Et voilà! Due to her readers’ enthusiastic response, she’s at work on Cookbook 2.
I hope you will take the time to visit these women writers to read more about their work, either published or in progress.