Inspiration Board - John

Hello Beautiful People!

This week has been full of excitement on the book front. I finalized lots of plans for our Caelian Crew and finally decided on a name for the Kian novella that will be released before the final installation of The Caelian Cycle. 

Writing has been hard on me lately. My family of four live in a pseudo-tiny house. Honestly, it's only 200 square feet bigger than an official tiny home - I think we deserve some credit. In order to make room for some adjustments (ie: we REALLY wanted to start having family meals), I had to move my writing nook in my bedroom. Usually that wouldn't be a big thing, but my daughter - bless her heart - will only nap in my room & she's the lightest sleeper in the history of humanity. 

That leaves me in a pickle since MY time to write is usually limited to nap time. BUT thank the stars for husbands who are SUPER AWESOME. Mr. Tyner has been coming home from work and corralling those munchkins to give me a few spare minutes a day to get some work done.

Hopefully, this will be a short lived hiccup.

Now! Back to the blog title. Today we are looking at:

John

So John is one of my favorite characters. I'm not going to lie, I have mad love for Sadie's entire crew, but John is a special blend of people who I admire for their carefree attitude - an attribute I do not have. 

First, his name - John. It's no surprise to those who know me that I would name this particular character after my crazy baby brother. John (my brother) has always been the one person who comes around and... BAM! I'm in a good mood. He is a joker, a little man-whorish - you know I love you, bro - a fighter, but mostly he's just plain good-natured. My John, works with adolescences with mental illnesses and wants to get his masters degree so he can be a therapist for autistic kids. That takes a special kind of person and I'm so incredibly proud to be his sister. 

Book John is also a mixture of a few ladies in my mommy group - JanMom's. A year ago, I went to a get-together with about 23 of the 190 ladies in our group. We've "known" each other for 5 years by this point, but I had never been in a group situation with any of them before.  Needless to say, I was petrified and I made the mistake of telling the group before catching my flight.

Now, If you ever meet me in real life, I'm reserved and bashful. Eventually, I'll warm up to you and you'd probably wish I'd shut up. But that is not the point of this story. My first day with the group, I had my personal space invaded in many MANY ways. Let's just say that when writing Lost, I think I may have subconsciously put a few things that happened in the book. 

It was probably my psyche's way of dealing with the trauma. :D

Anyway, book John has so much love and life to give that he's an intricate part of Sadie's group. He balances the group - not just with his masculinity, but his carefree nature is what probably keeps that particular group of teenage girls grounded. 

See you again next week! Stay Awesome!


Inspiration Board - Madison

Hello Beautiful People!

This time of year is always busy for the Tyner clan. Homeschool begins for the boy and I’m going to attempt to bring my 2-year-old in some activities – Lord help me! We also love to vacation this time of year. This weekend, I get the wonderful opportunity to go on a mom-cation with my mommy group. It will be nice to have a weekend out with the girls.

Pretty soon, we will be visiting Big Bend National Park and some of the surrounding area so be prepared for my social media to blast plenty of pictures. I’m so excited to have the opportunity to go, the area is where I will be setting my duology that will be published after I finish the Caelian cycle. 

Today we're going to look at...

Madison

Madison is probably my favorite character in Lost, but there is a new character being introduced in Bound that I adore as well and would probably have to fight for top spot. Knowing Madison, she would take me up on that offer. It’s probably narcissistic that I love Madison so much because according to those who know me, she is the one character most like my own personality.

That may or may not be so, but I do know that I didn’t base her off myself (not intentionally). Madison’s character came from the days when I worked with teenagers at my church. I had the opportunity to work with some girls who were hardened by their different lives and it was those girls who my heart spoke to the most. Each girl had a different story and each dealt with the hardships in their life from mild personality quirks to some self-destructive behavior. Madison is a version of those girls who closed themselves off from all except those closest to them and those girls who had such low self-esteem that they sought out multiple sex partners in order to fill that hole in their heart that only loving yourself can fill. I wanted to give those girls the representation they deserve.

In Bound, Madison goes through some amazing highs and incredible lows that will break down her walls and rock everything she thought she knew about herself and the world around her. My goal for each character in the Caelian cycle it to become a better version of themselves by the end of the story. 

Stay Awesome!

Inspiration Board - Rebecca

Hello Beautiful People!

I've received quite a few emails lately asking some questions about The Caelian Cycle. (please hold while I run around and squee) It warms my heart to see people interested in the books and characters. I will answer your questions in a blog post soon, but first here's an in-depth look at...

Rebecca 

Rebecca was a character I HAD to put in the book series. Every girl needs loyal BFF's and Sadie is lucky to have two. Her name and a few of her personality quirks are a nod to my own high school best friend who was the glue that held my sanity together during some trying times. I also borrowed a few of her traits, the ones I admire most, from my bestie and sister in law. 

To me, Rebecca is a study of opposites. She's not your typical beauty, but her siren Talent makes her attractive to others. Her personality is both sultry, but with an undertone of innocence. She's outgoing and others are drawn to her, but clings to her small group of friends instead of going out to party like Madison. If she has a strong opinion about something, she fights for it and doesn't let anyone sway her focus. Her look-at-the-bright-side attitude brightens the group and her gentle wisdom guides her friends. 

Sadie and Rebecca are connected on a deeper level than with the others in the group. They've lived together since childhood and as two of six Caelian's with colored skin at St. Vincent's, they've had a whole different set of issues than the other's.

In Bound, Rebecca will go through some life altering changes and will have to dig deep into her soul for strength that she didn't know she possessed. That is true for any person. Growth and change are always hard, but its how we handle them that makes us better or in some cases, worse. Rebecca and the others will have to grow in order to become the adults needed to change the world.

Stay Awesome!

Inspiration Board - Kian

Hello Beautiful People,

This week has been a little crazy at home. September is the start of school and I'm trying to learn how to juggle teaching my kindergartner and having a toddler running around. Plus, we just found out my grandfather has cancer and prognosis doesn't look too good. So we've been visiting with them and trying to soak up as much time as possible and that is why I'm a little late on this inspiration board.

Today we're going to look at...

Kian

You will notice over many inspiration boards that I have a thing for men with beards. My dear husband has a glorious one and I find him way more attractive with his scruff than without. (and it has absolutely nothing to do with the fact that he looks 5 years younger than me without).

My idea for Kian is a mixture of the following traits: self-assured, pragmatic, tenacious, and caring. These four basic traits of Kian's personality are borrowed from four different men who have impacted my life. Caring comes from my brother. He has always been a sensitive soul even though his exterior says otherwise, but I knew he had a heart for caring when he first volunteered with the Special Olympics. Tenacious is one word I can describe my grandfather. Another word could be stubborn, but either way I've always admired how he got things done through every struggle. Pragmatic comes from my father in law. I come from a family of impulsive people and when I first saw how how he methodically thinks about his choices, my eyes were opened and frankly, I was little freaked out. Finally, self-assured comes from my husband. He has always exuded a confidence that I found myself trying to emulate. 

Most romantic leads are very alpha male in their personality and there is a reason why that is. Women are typically attracted to the the tough, take action type of guys and usually in those stories the nice guy doesn't get the girl. She rides off on the bad boys motorcycle towards their happily ever after. Kian was never EVER destined to be one of those alpha males. Yes, Kian is strong and a little cocky. Yes, he has a deep dark secret. Yes,  in Bound, you will learn that he isn't exactly a nice guy. BUT he is sensitive to Sadie and her needs. He has the utmost respect for her and although his goes against his caring nature, he doesn't coddle her. He has seen some bad stuff through his job which has grounded him and given him a strong moral compass. 

Kian isn't a hard character for me to write. He's what I hope my son will grow up to be (minus the family drama and dicey career choice). Out of all the love interests I have written, Kian has been my favorite by far. 

I hope you guys love him too.

Inspiration Board - Sadie

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...

Sadie

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.

Stay Awesome!