I was watching a YouTube talk by a fellow indie author and she said something that kind of stuck with me. She was talking about marketing stuff and business things, but one of the things she said was that she spent a lot of time talking to people about her favorite character. She put up a whole slide, with an artist’s image of the character and a whole description of the woman, as if she was running for office and needed an introduction.
Well, I’m not sure I’m going to do anything like that, really, but… I thought maybe I could talk more about my own characters since I spend so much time with them. I do rather like them, and I don’t know. Maybe you will, too. So, I’m starting a new series here on the blog, occasionally introducing my characters and talking a little bit about why I like them, and maybe revealing a bit about them that’s not in the books since it’s not really relevant to the stories.
I thought I’d start with Caroline since she’s the main character in my current series. I’ll go back and talk a bit about the Los Gatos folks as I go on since I’m feeling less and less done with that universe the longer I go on. We’ll see.
This is Caroline. She’s a first-year college student at Stonehaven University, studying Criminal Justice in order to work her way up the ranks at the Federal Paranormal Activities Agency. For now, she’s happy as an intern— mostly because she’s not treated as an intern, just paid like one.
How did she end up there, working for a troll and partnered with a vampire and the world’s only known manticore when most people only knew about the existence of mages and elves? Well, funny story, that. Back when she was a senior in high school she cut class and instead of getting detention, she got kidnapped by some not terribly skilled elf supremacists and tossed into a dungeon cell with Darien Webb, FPAA agent and badly injured vampire.
Caroline impressed Darien (and later, Point, the troll who became Section Chief,) by keeping her head and working with him to get them both out of danger. She managed to keep it together all the way until she got home and closed herself up in her room where she managed to have her complete breakdown in the privacy of her blanket burrito.
She’s good under pressure, but come on.
So, now she works for the FPAA and goes to school and does her best to keep her new friends safe and happy while keeping the secrets of the paranormal world and hunting down bad guys. And, you know. Filing paperwork. She is still an intern, after all.