Meet My Main Character

I’ve gotten tagged for another blog hop, and this one is “Meet My Main Character.” I’m currently writing the sequel to my ancient Rome novel “Empress of the Seven Hills,” and if you’ve read that then you won’t be too surprised to know that the main characters there–gladius-swinging legionary Vix and his rival’s subtle wife Sabina–will be back for many more adventures.

But I have another heroine who will be elbowing Vix and Sabina out of the way so she can have her share of page time, and I’ve been keeping her quiet up till now. Want to learn a little more about her?

1) What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Her name is Annia, a young heiress of ancient Rome. And she is a historical figure, but I’m not giving you her full name because I don’t want you running to Wikipedia and finding out what happens to her before the book is even out.

2) When and where is the story set?
Second century Rome, under the reign of the fascinating, mercurial, ever-traveling Emperor Hadrian. The same guy who built that big wall across the top of England because he took one look into Scotland and said, very sensibly, “Hell no.”

3) What should we know about your main character?
“She had big blue-gray eyes with red lashes, like a sword-blade with a fan of blood on it and every bit as piercing.” That about sums Annia up. She may be a rich girl in a silk dress, but she’s tough as nails and no one to mess with.

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Annia will find herself embroiled in all kinds of Imperial hot water–plots, assassinations, poison, and mayhem. She’s just a young ‘un, but she’ll find herself having to put her life on the line to save the Empire when the adults have totally screwed things up.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?
She has an arch-enemy she’d love to put in the ground, because he’s been bullying her all her life. And she has a bookworm best friend who has been proposing marriage since she was four, and she really wishes he’d knock it off.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
“Lady of the Eternal City” is the title, but there’s no blurb yet because I haven’t had time to write one!

7) When can we expect the book to be published?
March 2015, if I can meet my deadline. Which is rushing at me like an oncoming train, so I’d better get back to work.

Paula Lofting tagged me, and now I’ve tagged three authors to follow and post about their main characters . . . which I happen to know include at least one fascinating and famous set of historical lovers, so be sure to check them out on the 22nd!

1. Sherry Jones
2. Christy English
3. Donna Russo Morin