I've been tagged for the Writerly Meme Blog Tour by the fabulous Emily Kate Muyskens, who blogs at Literary Emily Kate. She's an incredibly talented writer/singer/model/all-around creative person and it was such a pleasure to meet her in person at the SCBWI conference back in May!
Today, I'm sharing a bit more about Stella, the main character of my YA paranormal suspense novel, ELEGY. She's been one of my favorite protagonists to write, and even when this latest round of revisions is done, I'll still be thinking about her and her story. To see how I envision Stella, check out my Pinterest board for ELEGY here.
What is the name of your character? Is he/she a fictional person or a historic person?
Her full name is Stella Kim, she is seventeen years old, and she is a completely made-up character.
When and where is the story set?
ELEGY is a ghost story told in intertwining narrative, with journal entries and letters throughout. Stella's story takes place in the present, at a Loire River Valley chateau that has been converted into a performing arts school.
The other story takes place in the late 1890s and has many settings, ranging from the Loire Valley and Paris to the Italian countryside.
What should we know about him/her?
Stella was raised in New York City by her mother, Deborah, who is a famous Korean violinist. She has been groomed for the stage since birth and dreams of performing in the world's greatest concert halls.
She seems confident, but she suffers from an intense fear of failure. There's a lot of pressure from her mom and fierce competition from the other students. She was a big fish in a small pond, and now she's fighting for the spotlight with people who are all used to being the best.
What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
One of Stella's biggest challenges arises when an old violin ends up in the hands of her best friend, Aria Stewart. It slowly turns Aria from a shrinking violet with debilitating stage fright to a musician who quickly out-performs everyone at school. Stella struggles with jealousy, shame, and the suspicion that the violin may be doing more harm than good.
What is the personal goal of the main character?
Stella's goal changes over the course of the book, and to say how might spoil the plot! So I'll stick to a safe answer: she wants to be a star and to finally earn her mom's respect.
Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
ELEGY is the title I've had since I started writing it. It's named after the piece that inspired it, which you can listen to here: Elegie, by Jules Massenet.
I won't be posting any excerpts at this time, but if you look around on my blog and on others, you can find the query and various pages from the contests I entered this year.
When we can expect the book to be published?
Here's something I've learned in my six years of pursuing traditional publication: always hope, never expect.
So... I hope it will be published one day!
Thanks so much for tagging me, Emily! I would like to pass this on to my CPs, Tiana Smith and Margo Berendsen, who are writing lovely, marvelous books. But please feel free to participate if you like, and let me know when you've done so. I'd love to learn more about your characters!