Sunday, June 1, 2014

Meet My (Other) Main Character: Dante

This fun blog hop started some time ago with my post about poor Evangeline, a co-protagonist in the Dante and Evangeline Series. I have been tagged now to write about her twin brother, Dante.

Thanks to Liz Kales, author of The Silk Weaver's Daughter and her work-in-progress to be named either Night of the Gypsies or The Summer Gypsies, for the tag. You can read about her character and his intriguing dilemma HERE.

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

Dante. He is fictional.

2) When and where is the story set?

The story takes place in the year of Queen Victoria's coronation on the fictional estate Cantery Hill with its strange manor house which was put together in a helter-skelter arrangement over the centuries.

3) What should we know about him/her?

Dante and his twin sister Evangeline were raised by their reclusive mother on the estate. Not having been allowed to talk to other people and neglected by their Mama emotionally, Dante and Evangeline have a very tight bond. Together they make plans for the future of Cantery Hill House and the estate.

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

As the years passed, tutors have planted the seed of curiosity in Dante's mind about the world outside the locked gates, a world the twins have been forbidden to see. Evangeline is content with life as it has been and fears any change, certain their reclusive mother's warnings that disaster would result from "breaking the Rules". As Dante's growing interest in outside places begins to raise problems in their relationship, Dante meets and falls in love with one of the kitchen maids, Molly. His concerns about his sister spiral as Evangeline develops a panic disorder, feeling she has lost him to the maid. The Rules become desperately important to her, and she tries to restrain Dante from pursuing a normal life. He now has to juggle an impossible state of affairs, wanting to marry the maid, overcome his sister's pathological thinking, and appease his mother as he makes changes which are against her Rules. Mama and her solicitor will not yield control of the house or money to Dante. As if this is not enough, the woman he loves tells him that a lord cannot marry a maid and keeps pulling away... He is yet to learn what is behind the strange bent of their life, and when he does it turns his world upside down.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

I'm afraid I can't tell that without giving away too much of the story because... something big happens. Sorry!

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

The title is For the Skylark. You can read the first section HERE.

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

I am hoping it will be out by the end of this year.

I am tagging these authors to write about their main characters in one week.

Scott Amis is the author of To Shine With Honor and will post on his Facebook page.

David Cook is the author of Liberty or Death and will post on his Goodreads blog.

Tom Williams is the author of Cawnpore, The White Rajah, and His Majesty's Confidential Agent. He blogs at


E.M. Powell said...

Great premise and loved the extract- really atmospheric and vivid. Looking forward to reading the whole book!

Debra Brown said...

Thank you, EM! I'm glad you enjoyed the read. I hope to get this book out one of these days. And I enjoyed reading about your sequel on your blog. It sounds great!