Here we go! I’m doing a bloghop to meet a character–thank you to Candice Montgomery for letting me volunteer to be tagged 😉 Her awesome post is here.
Today we’re meeting Zed, one of the two main characters of SECOND POSITION and TURNING POINTE, the first two books of the District Ballet Company series that starts Spring 2015.
I let Zed do the talking here, taking his cue from Candice’s Cash.
1) What is the name of your character?
Zedekiah Harrow. No one calls me Zedekiah except my mom and I don’t talk to her much. Aly calls me Zedekiah when she’s especially mad or especially flirty. Yes, it can get confusing. But that’s Aly for you.
2) Is he/she fictional or a historic person?
This is a strange question. I’m as real as they get.
3) When and where is the story set?
I spend most of my time in D.C. these days, though in TURNING POINTE, which is the prequel, you get to see Aly and me in Philadelphia and Amsterdam. TURNING POINTE takes place four years prior to SECOND POSITION, if that helps, but you know. We have smartphones and the Internet. We’re millennials, but don’t tell Aly I called her that.
4) What should we know about him/her?
I grew up in a pretty religious house (see also: my full name) and left home early to pursue a professional ballet career. My students tease me about how much I like Billy Elliot because they think I’m kind of the modern day version. I was in a pretty bad car accident four years ago and I no longer dance, but it doesn’t mean I don’t miss it.
5) What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?
Four years ago, I lost everything that mattered in a car accident. My career. Aly. The sum total of everything that kept me going in life just disappeared in one fellswoop. In SECOND POSITION, Aly’s back in my life, but we met and bonded over ballet. Now neither of us has that–or at least, I can’t have it–and we have to figure out if and how to make our relationship work again. There’s a lot we didn’t deal with after the accident, and most of it’s unpleasant.
6) What is the personal goal of the character?
Not to fuck up the way I did four years ago. Not to lose Aly. But that’s easier said than done.
7) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
Yes! It has a brand new title that isn’t a Balanchine ballet, which means people will actually pronounce it correctly (bonus, I hear, when it comes to making sure people can get their paws on this book). SECOND POSITION is the first book and a little bit of our story comes in this fun-sized prequel TURNING POINTE. You should stay in touch with The Author at @bibliogato so you know when it goes up for pre-order and there’s a cover and all that jazz.
All that jazz. God, it’s a good thing Aly and my students can’t hear me right now.
8) When can we expect the book to be published or when was it published?
Spring 2015! Carina Press! See above for keeping in contact with our manager-who-calls-herself-an-author so you know when you get me into your hands.
I meant that exactly how you read it.
I’m one point(e) five legs of good-guy hotness so stay tuned for more 🙂
(Aly’s not so bad either. Maybe I’ll convince her to sit still long enough to do one of these in the future.)
And now, next week! Here’s who’s playing!
REBECCA PAULA (@beckapaula, www.rebeccapaula.com). Her first book EVERLY AFTER just came out (and you can get it here on Amazon, or here on B&N!) and her next book BETWEEN EVERYTHING AND US comes out in January and you can add it on Goodreads here. Look how easy that is!
It began with a boy who survived a plane crash in the wilderness.
I discovered my love of writing during a fifth grade writing assignment for Hatchet. After that, I knew I wanted to be a writer.
Always the hopeless romantic, I write late Victorian and Edwardian historical romances as well as contemporary New Adult romances.
I am a member of Romance Writers of America (RWA), as well as the New Hampshire chapter (NHRWA) and the New England chapter (NECRWA). I contribute regularly to the Modern Belles of History blog, a site dedicated to writing, reading, and researching 20th century women’s historical fiction.
When I’m not writing, I’m most likely reading or daydreaming about my next travel adventure. I live in New Hampshire with my husband and our cat, Bella.