Supporting Character

I hope everyone is staying cool this July! This month, all the gals here at Spellbound Scribes will be posting character-centric posts that exists in our book world.

In the Traveler’s Series, I not only have a strong primary cast of characters, but alternate versions of these characters. It can get kind of confusing, so I’ll just let you readers discover them for yourselves.

There is one character that stays the same, regardless of which reality it is.

It all started with the idea of having my two main characters meet for the first time in a public location. Originally, I had Etta and Cooper meet at a party, but that ended up not working with the storyline. So instead of a college kegger, a coffee shop it became.

ImageAfter awhile, the coffee shop kind of became its own character in the story, with coffee itself playing a recurring role throughout the book (no doubt due to all the cappuccinos I drank while writing it). And while there’s no lack for coffee in the very real locale of Old Town Alexandria, I chose to make Battle Grounds a fictional coffee house.

In PARALLEL, Battle Grounds is the only place that remains the same in both realities. Traveling to an alternate reality can be pretty disorienting, so this is both a comfort and a constant for Etta. I have a feeling Battle Grounds will remain unaltered in the various other realities Etta travels to throughout the series.

And the logo? I came up with it when I wanted to come up with some super giveaway swag. The area of Old Town is both classic and eclectic, so I wanted something vintage and edgy, reflective of the type of scene you’d find in Old Town. There’s also another reason for the design. I totally love skulls, so I wanted to incorporate a little part of me into the logo.

Battle Grounds makes another appearance in PARADIGM (book 3), and no matter what timelines have been shifted, what reality my characters find themselves in, Battle Grounds will always remain a constant.

Who’s your favorite supporting character?

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9 thoughts on “Supporting Character

  1. livrancourt

    The logo is awesome! I’m from Seattle, so know a thing or two about coffee, and I would totally want to hang out there. I also like that you’ve got a place taking on the elements of a supporting character in your stories.

  2. Thanks! I really feel like it’s a character in its own right 🙂 Lots of important scenes happen there! I’m trying to convince my local coffee shop to change it’s name to Battle Grounds (he’s doing a contest to change the name of his shop and we’re a battleground town!!) LOL

  3. Ooh, I love the idea of a coffee shop as a supporting character, and the name Battle Grounds! 🙂 How cute. Hmm, my favorite supporting character is Manchee from The Knife of Never Letting Go. Fab character. I actually ended up liking him more than Todd, the main character! 🙂

  4. Nadja Notariani

    First of all…fantastic logo! I’ll share it with my oldest daughter, who loves skulls also. Ha. Death Before Decaf? Too great!

    It’s interesting that a location became so focal in the storyline. The idea of a setting becoming almost character-like is intriguing – and makes me think about my own settings. I like your take on this series…it’s fresh.

  5. Reinne Fetil

    Hi I’m Reinne and I’m turning 15 on sunday. I just wanted to say I’m so happy I found your story, it made my day. Parallel is a really amazing story. I found it on wattpad actually, I’ve already left a message for Miss Claudia there but I’ve been googling her after reading paradox so now I’m looking for other ways to praise Parallel. I think I am going to buy Paradox for my kindle, I couldn’t resist. Hope you finish Paradigm on time for your deadline. 🙂

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