Hello beautiful people!
I decided to start posting about my inspiration for each character, in The Caelian Cycle and eventually including other projects I am currently working on. If you have visited my Pinterest then you have probably seen most of these photos, but in the future I plan on expanding my inspiration boards to locations and themes I'm exploring within the book. I'm going to start with the main character of the series...
I love female characters that are strong and able. I especially love them when they have major weaknesses and flaws. That was what I was first thinking of when I was coming up with Sadie. She has lived a relatively easy life inside an orphanage with people who actually care for the children's well-being and although she never had to deal with abuse or neglect, she is still an orphan. Children who are left behind and/or feel cast aside have an emotional scar that will always be there. The scar may fade to almost nothing if their lives end up happy, but it will always be there - a reminder.
By the time Sadie is in high school, everyone in her peer group has discovered their Talents except her. She feels like an outcast, a freak. Then her boyfriend is murdered.
There are times in everyone's lives, even the strong ones, where they feel overwhelmed. These moments can last an hour, a day, weeks, months, or even years. Sadie is not weak because she struggles with her grief. She eventually comes to embrace it as a part of who she is and begins to live her life again.
When writing about Sadie, I wanted her to be level headed and to have a little bit of a no-nonsense personality, but with a touch of sass (she is southern after all). She thinks about her actions before jumping into situations, but she isn't so wrapped up in logic that she can't follow her heart. Teenagers can and do make stupid decisions, but that is not the sum of what they are. I have met many teenagers both young and old who make smart decisions that could rival some that I have made as an adult.
I'm going to leave you with a little tidbit, Sadie started off the series under a different name. I'll get into why the big name change another time, but I took on a huge responsibility when I renamed my character and I strive to make sure Sadie is hope and strength.
Hope you enjoyed this little insight. See you next week when we look into Kian.