The superbly, amazingly, mind numbingly, stupendously, all-pervading, omnipresent (I know that those two last words are tautological, but that’s how great this blogger is) Herminia Chow a.k.a. AspiringWriter22 invited me to partake in this exercise and I hope to be at least 27.9826348592749% as interesting as her version, so here goes. Bottom’s Up 😉
What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Mallika, which means Queen in my language and seeing as she’s the Vampire Queen, let’s just say I didn’t get any brownie points for alternative, unique ways of character development, which reminds me – I miss Brownies.
My protagonist is most definitely fictional unless you believe that Dracula may be rooted in reality somewhere, in which case I’d like to never meet you in person. Unless you look like Johnny Depp or John Abraham AND you believe you’re a vampire frantically searching for your one true immortal soul mate. Then I’d consider it, but only if you’re into a commitment and not the “bleed & feed” type of guy, but enough about me.
When and where is the story set?
Because I don’t like simplicity (my brain isn’t wired that way), my story ranges from the 1700s to present times in a wide juxtaposition of places, Delhi, India to Boston, USA. I try and confuse my reader as much as I can, as I sincerely believe that keeping them on their toes at all times, will maybe, perhaps, kind of, sort-of steer them clear of the fact that I may believe I am a slightly competent writer without any factual textual proof underpinning that theory.
What should we know about him/her?
Mallika is screwed. Absolutely bonkers in all the aspects that make her up – mentally, physically, emotionally – the lot. Naturally, she is nothing like her creator, which is me by the way, just in case that hasn’t been made clear.
The Vampire Queen is loyal, ethical, moralistic and devastatingly lonely, her isolation is only a further testament to this fact as she has few, if any friends, but you’ll still like her, I promise. Please read about her, pretty please!
What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
This may be a long shot, but I would assume that Dracula ripping her neck apart and sucking her dry has had a slightly profound effect on Mallika’s life, but who knows, some people may actually be into that type of stuff?
Plus, the fact that she has had a pretty uninspiring, standard life for close to 500 years has seriously made our Mallika quite boring, that is until she realises she may have to do something about her brothers wiping out the human race and meet a Werewolf along the way. What? It’s in the YA genre already! 😉
What is the personal goal of the character?
To die, which come to think of it sounds a tad depressing but seriously, for Mallika, immortality bites, in more ways than one. Please note that this blog does not promote suicidal behaviour or thoughts in any way, okay?
At least that’s how it starts, but similar to all characters, Mallika grows as a person and along with her, her goals and purpose in life also evolve into one that introduces her to the simple things in life that matter the most, plus the fact that the gift of living, even if “un-dead” is immeasurably beautiful.
Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The title is set so there’s no going back, inked in blood and all (no pun intended). It’s called The Last True Blood (The LTB), and if you’ve visited my Blog, Facebook, Twitter & You Tube Social Media accounts, I’m sure you can’t wait till I shut up about it!
When can we expect the book to be published?
Published already & can be found at the links located at the top right hand corner of this blog.
Okay, now for my expert opinion on who I think should do this. Hmm, everyone who wants to showcase their wonderful inventions & characters! I am following a lot of magnificently talented poets & film script writers so I would love to see their twist on this, such as Euphonos! John Guillen has already been nominated so I can’t twist his arm any further unfortunately 😦
See you guys later 🙂