Thursday, July 24, 2014

Meet My Characters Blog Tour

I was invited to participate in the Meet My Character Blog Tour by fellow writer Nicholas Hughes.  You can learn more about him, his characters, and his current project The Red Dress, on his website. Rachael Ritchey, an adult and YA fantasy author, started the ball rolling on the tour. To learn more about her and her various works in progress, visit her website

And here's a little about me:  
Due to a childhood obsession with fairytales, I began creating my own fairly early on. Becoming Beauty, my take on Beauty and the Beast, is the first to see the light of day, but if the clamoring cast of Twelve (The Twelve Dancing Princesses) and Guillermo & Elyse (Rumpelstiltskin) have their way, it won't be the last. Until they earn their moment in the sun, let's get to know Bella, the heroine and unconventional Beauty in Becoming Beauty: 

1. What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
Bella is completely fictional.  Any similarity between Bella and myself is purely intentional...I mean accidental

2. When and where is the story set?
The clothing and architecture hint toward the mid 1800s when ladies donned rich, full-skirted ball gowns and men's evening wear included elaborately tied neckclothes and shiny knee boots. However, since this is a fairytale spin-off instead of historical fiction, Bella and her supporting cast converse in relatively modern language.

3. What should we know about him/her?
Bella represents Beauty from Beauty and the Beast, which means she's sweet, kind, industrious, unselfish, quick to forgive, and so full of love that she easily sees beyond the Beast to the prince within. 
Or not.
Bella is obsessed with stocking her wardrobe with beautiful, costly items and will go to any length to escape her middle-class life for the luxuries she feels that she deserves. She is a witty, sarcastic, resourceful, and manipulative. 

4. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Relationships with Bella's family reach a breaking point when her greed leads to her father's imprisonment and subsequent illness.  Determined that he will suffer no more for her, Cassandra and Aaron (Bella's siblings) demand that Bella pay for her own crimes at the hand of the the Beast.  

5. What is the personal goal of the character?
Bella's personal goals twists and reform as the story unfolds. Initially, marriage to a wealthy nobleman is all Bella dreams of. Manipulating those around her to acquire the clothing and brilliant baubles guaranteed to catch a gentleman's eye puts her one step closer to her goal. However, after losing home, family, and all she treasures, Bella comes face to face with the Beast and his manservant Jack, who are as battered by the past as she. Through these circumstances, she comes to understand  the value of serving well, discovers talents she didn't know she possessed, and turns her attention to bettering the lives of those in her care.

6. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The story is entitled Becoming Beauty. It's available on AmazonBarnes & NobleiTunes, and Books & ThingsFollow me on my website, Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for more updates and any specials, and feel free to add it on Goodreads. 

7. When can we expect the book to be published?
Becoming Beauty, published by Cedar Fort Media and Publishing, was released November 11, 2014.

Thank you for stopping in!  Ciara Ballintyne is up next in the Meet My Characters Blog Tour.  She's a fantasy author who will undoubtedly have something interesting to share about her own characters. Enjoy!


  1. Sold, heading to to preorder now....

    1. Thank you! So lovely to hear that it's of interest to someone else! You know, there are still slots open in my blog tour if you'd like to do it. Includes a free e-copy to review ;)