Recently, I was asked to be a part of Tricia Mingerink’s Dare Release Blog Tour.
I’m thrilled to be able to spotlight an amazing character that I have grown to love over the course of reading the first book in the series!
Character Spotlight: Renna Faythe
Occupation: Lady Faythe of Stetterly
Appearance: Seventeen years old, 5’6” tall with blond hair and blue eyes.
History: She grew up the oldest daughter of Lord Laurence Faythe of Stetterly, but her parents were killed when she was thirteen years old. She learned to be a healer from her Aunt Mara.
Character: Since she witnessed her parents’ deaths, she is easily frightened. She fears dying like her parents did and will go to great lengths to avoid it. But, she loves her younger sister very much and will go to great lengths to protect her.
Author’s Note: Renna was by far the hardest character to write. I wanted her to be weak. The push for having “strong” female protagonists has made many female leads became just as tough and emotionless as their male counterparts, and I didn’t want that for Renna. I wanted a female lead who was as insecure and helpless as many seventeen-year-old girls feel in real life. I wanted her to be someone that a reader can look at and say, “Hey, if she can find courage, then so can I.”
Of course, I didn’t realize what a challenge that would be. There were times when I would forget to include her in a scene when she was the POV character. That’s how good Renna is at being invisible. She tries to hide in the background. I reworked and reworked the scenes with her over and over again, each time pushing her a little braver than the last time. It was worth the effort. I like where she ended up, and it fits with the character arc she will experience through the rest of the series.
First Draft Trivia: In the first draft, Renna had two different hair colors and three different eye colors. She started the book with blond hair and blue eyes. In the middle of the book she had blond hair and hazel eyes. By the end of the book, she had brown hair and brown eyes. In my first revision, and I decided I wanted her to have blond hair and blues eyes. Mostly because I found this picture that just screamed “Renna” to me the first time I saw it.
Photo Credits: Tricia Mingerink, http://blog.sijmon.nl/post/16981179007/blond-blue-eyes-luisa-m-hle-portrait-female-braid