Infinitefreetime in the Character Blog Hop

Writing at my parents’ house this morning; they’re out of town and needed me to feed the cat, and all the stores that I need to go to/burn down in between now and heading to my interview (possibly naked, but more likely wearing the flayed skins of various Michiana-area clothiers) are on this side of town, so I’m just going to hole up here for a few hours.  We’ll see what I manage to get done.  In between now and then, let’s do us a blog hop.  Taylor Grace nominated me for this one, the very day I was complaining that no one had nominated me for a different one.  Whee!

Here are the questions:

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?

Ezekiel ben Zahav.  Call him Zub.   He is fictional.

2) When and where is the story set?

The story is set in the future– not far; a few decades.  I’m actually revising right now because it was written several years ago and events in the real world have already overtaken some of the stuff in the book.  I’m having to rewrite the prologue, which involved the Challenger disaster.  It makes me sad.

3) What should we know about him/her?

Zub is smarter than you.  Zub is smarter than me, which makes him an excessive challenge to write.  He’s also an aerospace engineer among other things which means that I have to have him smarter than me in a field I know nothing about; writing him requires a lot of research.

He’s also a bit of an ass.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Turns out the ship he personally designed to get humans to Mars and back didn’t quite do its job the way he hoped.  The second one, though?  This one’s gonna work.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

Mars or bust.  Preferably not “bust,” that’s happened once already.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

It’s called Skylights.  I should be seeing thumbnails from my artist today for the cover and I expect to have it available at least in ebook form by the end of the summer.  You’ll be hearing more about it around here as the publication date gets nearer.  I like it.

7) When can we expect the book to be published? 

Oh, wait, I just said that– later this summer.  I did make a substantial effort to get this one traditionally published, and it got a second look from a couple of agents, but that was as far as it got.  I’ll have it up soon enough, I promise.

Not planning on specifically tagging anyone– if you want in on this one, tag yourself in comments and go for it!

5 thoughts on “Infinitefreetime in the Character Blog Hop

  1. This is me tagging myself! Thanks for letting us jump in. Zub sounds like an interesting person, er ass? I think writing a character like that would be immensely difficult. I’d probably have to immerse myself in Big Bang Theory episodes!

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    1. He’s probably my favorite character from anything I’ve written, honestly. The guy’s basically a mad scientist; it makes him hella fun to write so long as I don’t completely screw up the science.

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