Hi everyone! I’m having a little fun with my characters today! Someone asked me for a list of five things my characters could not do without, so I tracked down Lucky, Thurlock, and Han, and asked them to remember where they were and what they needed on the day Lucky turned fifteen. That’s the day Chapter One (Pale Blue, Wicked Cold) of Key of Behliseth begins. They each named a few things, and I figure I know them well enough to add a couple. If your interest is piqued and you’d like to know more about the book, a good place to start is here, at Dreamspinner Press online, which has description (aka blurb) and the first chapter. You can also find the info and purchase links at Amazon or Barnes and Noble.
Oh! Almost forgot… You may have noticed I started a contest with my first blog post here on Queerly YA, but I haven’t announced a winner. That’s because I want to include anyone who comments on this blog and answers this question: What is one ingredient you can’t do without in a book?. Could be a character thing, a plot thing, beautiful cover, whatever!
Now, here are those lists.
Five things Lucky can’t live without:
- Maizie—his canine best friend.
- Ramen noodles—he doesn’t have much money, and a boy’s gotta eat!
- The strange belongings he had in his pockets when he landed in a world called Earth three years earlier—they are the only remnant of a childhood he doesn’t remember.
- Honest work—he is genetically unable to lie without pain, so petty crime is out of the question.
- The petty criminals of Valley City—they make up most of the clientele he does chores for to earn enough money for his and Maizie’s necessities.
Five things the wizard Thurlock can’t live without:
- Sweets—maple bars, candy, lots of jam on his toast. He’s a thousand years old and still has all his teeth, but I’m guessing he’s used magic to keep them.
- Instant hot chocolate—one of the things he’s found in the world of Earth that he thinks is far more wonderful than magic.
- The M.E.R.L.I.N. device. Sorry, no explanation here, but it’s in the book.
- Help keeping his blood pressure down—mainly with tea, aspirin, and reminders to “breathe.”
- His umbrella, which may or may not really be an umbrella.
Last, but not at all least
Five things the gorgeous hunk of a warrior, Han, can’t live without
- Order and simplicity.
- His weapons, dragon’s hide shield and sun metal sword, bow and arrows (especially flame arrows, throwing knife, fists and feet.
- Loyalty and honor.
- His industrial lawnmower, the refrigerator and range, washing machine, and the microwave, which are the only pieces of Earth technology the wizard will let him have.
- Valley city rapid transit (see above—the wizard won’t let him buy a truck).