In an attempt to give a little information, I thought that I'd offer up some character creation insight into the folks who occupy my brain and writing. I’ll post about a different one each week. For the first one, I left it up to my 12 year old daughter to choose, and like so many others, she chose Luc. Join me as I attempt to delve into this complex soul and by far, my favorite character to write.
How did Luc come to life? I would love to say he was always right there, up in my face and demanding attention, but sadly no…Luc sort of his in the shadows until he felt it was time to poke me in the eye and say “Here I am!”
When Luc first arrived, he was intended to be a counter balance to Michel. Michel was sweet, gentle; he had Maggie’s best intentions at heart. He seemed to be willing to do anything and everything he could to keep Maggie safe and protected. As a character that appeared so selfless, I felt the need to offer up a darker version of this Prince.
When we first meet Luc, he’s strolled into The Trust, wanting to know where his motorcycle is. He comes off as cynical, self absorbed, dare we say it? Conceited? It’s Luc who first gets Maggie to bring forth her powers, using his innate ability to aggravate her to the point of enlisting her fire. And Luc continues to do just that throughout book one. He makes Maggie angry, frustrated, and every time he does, her fire shows itself. I guess we would initially, without reading book 2, we’d think that was a bad thing…
When I think of Luc, I see a guy who hides, or tries to hide, his emotions deep inside himself. He sees emotions as a weakness, something that could be used against him and those he cares for. And as a soldier, that would be the right thing to do…one would think. But like a cancer, those emotions begin to eat at him.
I like to think of Luc as a reluctant hero. In book one, he wants to see his brother and Maggie happy, really happy, but that is in opposition to what he wants. It takes a strong man to set aside his feelings for the good of another. Luc does just that.
At the end of book 1, we finally get to hear Luc utter those words he has bit back on. He sets off to do what he thinks will make Maggie happy, again setting aside his feelings.
But how long can someone disregard their own feelings? How strong can one soul really be?
I see a ton of growth in Luc. Once he sets his emotions free and accepts what Destiny has given him, he cherishes it…and he will fight to his last ounce of energy is taken from him, to protect it.
Luc is fierce, determined, sarcastic, and...in love. It is my honor to write this character, who has grown beyond that snide sibling in book one.
I want to thank those of you who joined me at the Stephanie Meyer Fan page on Facebook last week! WOW!! It was so much fun! I really loved spending the week over there…giving away tons of swag to winners from all over the planet. Humbling and honored- that is how I feel.
Last Thursday on my author page on Facebook we had our first Luc Appreciation Day and what a success that was! Lots of new likes to the page, as well as giveaways every hour! I hope that the new visitors to the page learned a little about one of my most popular characters! Because it was such a success, I plan on doing another one in February..but hmmm…which character shall we honor? I’ll throw a poll on the Facebook page and let you all decided! (Sorry…Luc will be ineligible…much to his dismay…)
If you hadn’t heard yet- both Phoenix Rising AND Phoenix Burning are getting new covers!! The fabulous Brandy Martin has been working so hard on bringing the vision in my books to life and wow, has she captured it!
“But Lisa,” you ask. “I already have the book with the other cover?” I know…I know. And thank you so much for that! These new covers are stunning! Phoenix Rising’s new cover is being revealed today!
And as an added bonus (and by popular demand) along with the new cover of Phoenix Rising, there will be an added chapter- told from Luc’s POV! This chapter had been edited out of the original version…I’d never imagined when I was editing, that so many folks would enjoy Luc, let alone have him become a fan favorite (and pretty much the Prince wishes to hog the spotlight! Not that I’m complaining…)
It is my pleasure to include the never before read chapter in the new cover version! I hope you will as well!
Okay Peeps…time for me to head out for now! Let me know what you think of the new cover?
Can anyone guess how awesome I am at blogging? I'll give you a hint...my last "update" was two months ago! Urgg...
The holidaze, with 3 kids, tends to get a little busy and leaves me rather scatter brained. Between hanging the holly, making out under the mistletoe, wrapping the wonders and then throwing in a fantastic feast for the family (that was a tongue twister and I didn't even say it aloud) I found myself with roughly 20 entire minutes to breathe.
But- the new year is here, and with it, new days! Busy days, yes, but at least they're new, right? I mean really- who wants another washed up Monday?
So what's been up? Well, I finished a little story I like to call Maggie Henning & The Realm book 4- Phoenix Ashes, if you're interested!
Ok...yeah, I know- you have either just found me, only read book one or possibly book 2 and the novella...what do you mean FOUR? Did I miss something?
No, you didn't. And no, although I am Math Challenged, book 3 has been finished for awhile now and is with editors. The *plan* is to get that out in March, book 4 in early July, and then *sob* wrap up the series in November or December. I know...I know...but everything has to end sometime, right?
Don't argue...yes it does...
Anywho... how was your holiday? Did Santa bring you anything awesome (or anything with a receipt to exchange for awesome?) This year, I am starting the think there may have been a theme to my gifts the cookie gobbling over stuffed elf deposited under my tree. BBQ Sauce, Walking Dead t shirts, and a pair of Katanas! The theme- Zombie Apocalypse Preparedness. I will now have the proper attire, the proper weapon, and sauce to slather over my tasteless white rice that I will be forced to sustain myself with. It beats that episode of season three of my (he doesn't know it yet husband Daryl Dixon's) show The Walking Dead where Carl was two seconds away from spooning in the dog chow, right?
This week (in more news that actually related to my writing) I am on the Author's Corner on the Stephanie Meyer Facebook page! There will be three trivia questions per day- 2 related to my books and one unrelated (to give folks who haven't read them yet a chance to score free copies!) There will also be caption contests! I've put together some neato swag to give away that I think y'all will like.
In addition- all week long to welcome the new Likes to my author page, I'll be doing random "pop up" giveaways, too! Make sure you check in on either page for a chance to win!
Well...I suppose I should now move on and either (1) wash dishes, or (2) write... SURVEY SAYS?
yeah...I'll be writing...who needs to cook anyway?
until next time my fine friends- keep on rockin', shockin', and something else that rhymes with either of those words!
Lisa C. Morgan
author, mother, reader, fangirl, harbinger of doom, and extreme nerd