Seven Questions about “Soulless.”

So, Harliqueen had a post on her blog the other day as part of a blog hop, with a few questions to answer about the main character of your book. Naturally, I had to swipe the questions even though I’m not officially participating in anything, because I am shameless when it comes to stuff like that. So, here you are, seven questions no one asked about Soulless.

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

We don’t know the name of the main character of Soulless, nor will we know it. She goes only be her titles, which tell more about her than she believes any name ever could. The Slayer of the Soulless, the Savior of the Untouched, the Hero of Legend. With titles like that, who needs names? It’s also a little bit of a play on the whole Nameless Hero trope of so many video games I grew up with.

2) When and where is the story set?

There’s a good chance that the Slayer’s world is our own world, many hundreds of years after a crippling tragedy. Or it could be another world, startlingly like ours, a reminder of what could be if we’re not careful. Either way, it is a desolate world, humanity struggling to build itself up while the Soulless constantly try to tear it down. The legends suggest that, one day, the world could be beautiful again, but that world seems very far away indeed.

3) What should we know about him/her?

The Slayer is one tough chick, and, though she’s dedicated her whole life to saving people, she really wants nothing to do with them. She feels uncomfortable around people and praise and civilization, and, if she had the choice, she would just spend her time moving on to the next attack. Sometimes that makes her wonder if she’s more like the Soulless than she is like the people she fights the Soulless for. So if she’s rude or harsh to you, it’s nothing personal. She just doesn’t like people in general, ironic as that may be.

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

When the Slayer takes a trip to the city of Paravelle, a walled protected fortress in the mountains, she expects to only be there for a brief time to meet the Baron and the Baroness who run the place. But a sudden attack, on a city that was supposed to be impenetrable, throws her into a sudden plot that could finally mean the end of all humanity. Not knowing what to do, the Slayer must find the Queen, who floats above the world in a flying airship, to discover if there’s anything that can be done or if, finally, the Soulless have finally overpowered them all.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

On the large scale, the Slayer’s goal is one she can never truly achieve: kill all Soulless. Or is it? In the space of the book, though, she focuses on a much more achievable goal, to find the Queen, though she fears that, once she gets there, she will be faced with a problem neither of them can solve.

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

More than just a working title, it has an actual title. The Slayer Saga: Soulless will be out August 15th (yes, yes, I picked a release date!) and you can read the prologue in advance by following this link.

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

Oh, wait. I just answered that. Anyway, the book will be available August 15th, 2014. Finally a release date! Anyone as excited (or nervous??) as I am?

Now with the sorts of things, people are usually tagged so that the post can continue making rounds of connectivity around the intrawebz. But I never know who to tag and certainly don’t want anyone strapped with the responsibility of posting if they don’t want it. So, if you like the questions and think you could use it to promote your own character, please take it and share! If not, well, then, I hoped you at least enjoyed learning a little bit more about the Slayer and her world.

Happy writing, everyone!

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