Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Character Interview with Matt and Melanie from Arcadian Wars by M.H. Soars

Love character interviews as much as I do? Then you're in for a treat! Today author M.H. Soars joins us with an interview with Melanie and Matt from her YA paranormal/sci-fi series, Arcadian Wars.

Who doesn't love an interview with fictional characters? Wouldn't you like to know what was going on in Legolas's mind right before the big battle at Helm's Deep? He looked super calm and cool, but was he really?

Interviewing your own characters is a great way to make them come to life. Most often, I'll use this technique when I'm in the beginning stage of writing a new novel. It's a fantastic exercise, and it helps me develop my characters properly, find out what makes them tick, bring forth their flaws, etc. I'll put them in extreme situations and see how they will react. Most of the time, those interviews or scenes never make it to the novel.

As an example, you will find below an interview between two characters from my YA Paranormal/SciFi Romance series, Arcadian Wars. This series has a fairly large cast, so I wanted the interactions between them to feel genuine. I wrote it as a scene. Here it is.

I'm sitting at my desk, writing on my diary, as usual, when Melanie comes barging in without bothering to knock. I know it's her and not one of the boys by the clank-clank sound her heels make on the hardwood floor. Without turning around I ask.

"What do you want, Melanie?"

She ignores my question and flops on my bed. "Ugh, sometimes I hate my job."

I put the pen down and swivel on my chair to face her. It's not like we have done much in our "jobs" yet so I don't understand her complaint. "Please, enlighten me, sis."

"The paper is publishing their annual list of hotties and they expect me to contribute by doing an interview. Can you believe it?"

I give her a blank stare. Here I'm thinking she's referring to our jobs as Alexia's protectors. I shake my head and turn back to what I was doing before she interrupted me.

"Fine. Ignore me. But so you know, I'm supposed to interview you."

I face her again. "What?"

She props herself up, leaning on her elbows, and smirks at me. "You've made the final five list. Aren't you honored?"

I roll my eyes. "Please."

"Anyways, since I know you hate people prying in your life, I convinced my editor to let me interview you. The other girls were pissed. You can thank me now."

My mouth opens involuntarily as I stare at my twin. The glint in her eyes tells me that I won't be able to escape without answering her stupid questions. I guess it's better to be interviewed by her than a stranger.

"All right. Fire away."

* * *

Melanie: "So, Matt. Besides brooding in your room, what's your favorite hobby?"

Matt: "Ha-ha. I don't brood."

Melanie: "Sure you don't."

Matt: "I don't have one particular favorite hobby. I like to go on hikes, swim, read a good book."

Melanie: "Likes to read depressing novels and to walk aimlessly in the middle of nowhere. Got it."

Matt: "If you're going to distort everything I say this interview is over."

Melanie: "I guess that answers my following question. Touchy."

Matt: "Do I even want to know what the question is?"

Melanie: "No. Next question. Which celebrity would you want to be stuck with on a deserted island and why?"

Matt: "That's easy. Bear Grylls and do I need to explain why?"

Melanie: "I guess not. Moving on. According to you, what are the best and worst shows on TV right now?"

Matt: "Best, Believe. Worst, any reality TV show."

Melanie: "Believe, Matt? Really?"

Matt: "What? I can relate."

Melanie: "Then you should have picked Star-crossed or Defiance."

Matt: "What's Star-crossed?"

Melanie: "Never mind. Last question. Describe your ideal girlfriend."

Matt: "Must I?"

Melanie: "This is the only question that really matters. You know that."

Matt: "Fine. The ideal girlfriend to me must be confident, funny, loyal, have killer fashion sense...

Melanie: "And she must also have white long hair, blue eyes..."

Matt: "Wait, what?"

Melanie: "Matt, do you realize you were just describing Sam?"

Matt: "I was not!"

Melanie: "Sure you weren't."

Matt: "Shut up, Mel."

The Phoenix Shadow
Arcadian Wars #2

M.H. Soars

When the walls of lies begin closing in, who do you trust?

There is nothing worse than failure, especially one that results in your school being attacked by a ruthless enemy. Still reeling from the aftermath of the previous night, Sam and her cousins must deal with another crisis: Alexia has run away. 

To top it off, there are new players in town. The young Arcadians will be forced to work closely with the prestigious Nox Elite. But they will soon find out that nursing a bruised ego is nothing compared to fighting a faceless enemy, battling personal demons, and dealing with revelations that will forever change their lives.


About the Author

M. H. Soars always knew creative arts were her calling but not in a million years did she think she would become an author. With a background in fashion design she thought she would follow that path. But one day, out of the blue, she had an idea for a book. One page turned into ten pages, ten pages turned into a hundred, and before she knew, her first novel, The Prophecy of Arcadia, was born.
M. H. Soars resides in Florida with her husband and baby daughter. She is currently working on the Arcadian Wars series, the Elements series, and the Love Me, I'm Famous series.

Arcadian Wars is a YA Paranormal/SciFi Romance series. It follows the life of a group of teens who possess incredible powers and have a very important mission: save their planet and in the process, save Earth too. The first book, The Prophecy of Arcadia, and the novella, The Fall of Arcadia, are already available. The second book, The Phoenix Shadow, will be published in the summer of 2015.

Elements is a new YA Paranormal Romance series. It focuses on two sisters who hold the key to stop a full-blown war between elemental beings and humans. Look for the first book by the end of 2015.

Love Me, I'm Famous is a NA Contemporary Romance series and each book will be a standalone focused on different characters. As the name of the series suggests, at least one of the characters in each book will be somewhat famous. The first book is slated to be published later in 2015.

To learn more about M. H. Soars and her projects you can visit her website, sign up for her newsletter, or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest.



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