You might actually hate Kinley when you first open the pages to The Lava Lord. She is young, ambitious, and slightly ruthless. But with that said, her character arch is in my opinion the most affected, changed, and improved. Throughout the novel she not only conquers her fears, but she also opens her heart and does it in a style that stays true to herself. I also feel a close kinship to Kinley. If I were to be thrown into the situation that she was, I may have behaved in some of the same ways. She is spunky, creative, and most importantly… she’s not impossible to love.
This may or may not have been mentioned yet, but I am obsessed with Zombie everything. I also love all classic children’s tales and folklore. So it came naturally to me to turn Goldilocks into Ghouldilocks. And hence was the birth of my character named Goldi. What I love about Goldi is that she is too cool for school and doesn’t even have to try. I wish I was as cool as Goldi. She is practically a super hero before she even enters the death realm. She throws axes for sport, she has a trendy buzzed cut hairstyle, and she protects her sister and comatose mother with more than just her heart.
While all of my characters are strong, smart, and heroic in their own right, Kat Clyne is in a class of her own. She is so stubbornly insistent on being independent that she loses sight of the enrichment that others can bring to her life. In fact, she is almost blind to the advantage of teamwork, regardless of which gender she’s partnered with. She is headstrong and feisty in all of the right ways, and I think if readers don’t fall in love with her right away, they will pretty quickly. You will see her vulnerability as well as her darker side, and eventually come to understand why she has put up such a thick shield to protect herself…and it’s not for the reason you think.
The Swedish Folklore story of Santa Lucia was something my Grandmother Nelson told me when I was a little girl. True Story! My Grandmother told me this legend when I was young and I only retained very vivid memories of pieces to the story. I could literally see Saint Lucia in her white gown and red sash floating through the black catacombs, lit only by her candle crown, handing out bread from a basket she was carrying. My imagination filled in the blanks. Until a few years ago, I finally decided to research the story that haunted me into adulthood. And I found out that it was not only a tragedy but also the legends and folklore that surrounded it were even more intriguing. Once I knew the sad fate of poor faithful Saint Lucia, I knew what I had to do. I had to again, fill in the blanks to the story…
Audie is the character that I’ve lived with the longest. I started the creation of Audie over 15 years ago, when I was still in college. And I have continued to work on her and develop her, all the way until just last year. She is everything I would want in a daughter. She is above all, brave. She is also strong-willed, kind, and although an angel…she is more human than any of the other characters in The Angel Archives.