Hello all, and thank you for visiting my blog. I’ve been invited to participate in the Meet My Character Blog Tour by the extremely talented Monica Enderle Pierce. So before I introduce you to Iliya, I’d like to take a few words about Monica.
Monica Enderle Pierce is an indie author of fantasy and science fiction for adults. She has two books in publication: Girl Under Glass, an ABNA semi-finalist and an Amazon bestseller, and her newest release, Famine, a historical, noir(ish) supernatural thriller.
If you’d like to find out more please click on the book links above. Oh, and please visit her website, check out her Facebook page, or start a conversation on twitter. The links are below, and don’t worry, she won’t bite :-).
Thank you, Monica, for thinking of me and I hope you’ll find Iliya an interesting and worthy character for the tour.
What is the name of your character? Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
My character’s name is Iliya. He is a fictional character in a historical setting.
When and where is the story set?
The book covers a period from about July 1944 to November that same year, around the tail end of the War in Europe. Iliya’s part of the story is set in Nazi occupied Poland just as the German’s were pulling out in the face of advancing Russian soldiers.
What should we know about him/her?
Iliya is one of the infused. A once powerful immortal commanding vast magical power and influence. All of which he willingly gave up at the turn of the century to lead a normal life. Settle down, get married and start a family. At the start of the novel Iliya is an elderly widower leading a quite life in a small village with his surviving family; his daughter Anna, and his grand daughter Ilena.
What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
The Nazi war effort in Russia has ground to a halt. Undermanned, unprepared, unequipped, and severely underestimating the tenacity of the Soviets the Germans have failed to achieve the quick victory they were looking for.
So with Russian forces pushing them South, and Allied forces pressing from the West the Germans are pulling out of the occupied territories but they are determined not to leave empty handed. Entire villages are being stripped of anything valuable; work’s of art, precious metals and gems, even people.
As an old man, Iliya holds no value to the departing Germans, but his daughter and grand daughter were not so lucky. With his wife deceased, Anna and Ilena are all he has left and the Nazis have taken them.
What is the personal goal of the character?
Iliya is determined to get his family back. Forty-five years ago he abandoned his gifts to try and lead a normal life. It was not a decision he made lightly, but to rescue his children he comes to understand that no such decision is ever final.
Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
The book is called Returned, and I am currently two thirds of the way through my first draft. I have quite a long way to go but if you are interested in learning more about The Infused then please check out Hunter. Hunter is the first novel of the Infused, published in 2013 and available from Amazon in both Kindle and Paperback.
When can we expect the book to be published?
Given that I’m yet to finish writing the initial draft, I would imagine that Returned is still a little ways off. At this stage I’d hope it might be ready sometime in the first half of 2015.
And that, as they say, is that. I hope you found Iliya to be an interesting character. I have certainly learned a great deal about Nazi occupied Poland from walking in his shoes. A beautiful country at a horrific time in history.
So with Iliya behind us let me take this opportunity to look ahead to next Monday’s Meet My Character Blog, Richard Leonard. In his own words, Richard is a writer of mystery, sci-fi, psych-thriller, YA fiction, romance. Blogger of writing, public transport, astronomy and random rubbish.
Just click on his head to visit Richard’s blog and remember to bookmark it so you can see which of his many characters he will share with us next week.