Meet the Character--Travys du Valois (#SFWApro)

Jason M. Hough challenged me to the latest blog tour ... toury ... bloggety thing going around the Internets, and I thought it would be fun to do. You can read Jason's entry about Nigel, who is a character in Jason's new novella, The Dire Earth, right here.

I want you to meet Travys, who is the star of my new novella, The Broken Road:

1. What is the name of your character?

Travys du Valois.

2. Is he/she fictional or a historical person?


3. When and where is the story set?

The story is set at an undisclosed location in France, far in the future. The time period is after the Elders have created a Black Swan event when they crashed the god Boson and the dimensions have split. So things are icky.

4. What should we know about him/her?

Travys is a prince of the Chanteuse. They are magician-queens and kings, who wrap their spells within the dulcet tones of their vocalizations. Travys was born mute, so he cannot sing his magic; however, he is very resourceful and has learned to utilize ambient sounds in order to manufacture a voice so that he can work his magic.

His disability has taught him to accept help from others in many aspects of his life. He is very trusting, so he relies heavily on the cunning of his lover, Gabriel, to navigate the treachery of the court. His best friend, Marc, spends a great deal of time reading the old learning books. Marc has an excellent grasp on how the worlds move, and Travys depends on Marc's knowledge as much as his own.

5. What is the main conflict? What messes up his/her life?

Travys' world is being invaded by creatures from another dimension (think: Invasion of the Body Snatchers) called Riders. The Riders can shed their skin in one world, infiltrate the womb of a pregnant woman, and be reborn in Travys' world. Travys has to find a way to defeat the Riders and stop the invasion.

6. What is the personal goal of the character?

Travys discovers that his true voice was stolen. He must destroy the skin of the Rider that stole his voice so he can he reclaim his magic and defeat the invaders.

7. Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

This is a novella, and the title is The Broken Road. You can read more about it here. The Broken Road is currently available through Amazon and Barnes and Noble.

Next up, I want to tag Alex Bledsoe, Sabrina Vourvoulias, and ML Brennan.