A Supporting Character Speaks Up

18 Mar

This post is for the March Teens Can Write Too! blog chain. The prompt for the month was:

“Choose your favorite of any of your own characters. Conduct a ten-question interview with him or her.”

Let’s welcome a certain young lady by the name of Jennet to the blog! Jennet isn’t my protagonist–in fact, she only appears in two chapters of my novel. However, she is by far one of the most fascinating characters I’ve ever created, and I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to interview her before a captive audience. (Someone did remember to lock the exits, right?)

Allegra: Well, I’m happy to have you here, Jennet! Why don’t you say hello to everyone?

Jennet: You seem nice enough, for your complete strangeness. You all talk like you’re from the north or something. So hello. But, the important thing here is, what in gods’ names am I doing here?

A: I’d just like you to answer some questions. Nothing too personal or political. Why don’t you start by describing yourself?

J: If you insist. I’m a dwarf and I’m fifteen years old. I’m from a cesspool of a village along the tunnel systems. I’m not really into politics, mostly I just try to get along and not break my neck, but if you wanted to know, I’m a royalist. I had a real close tangle with a bunch of rebels and some young folks from the capital a few months ago. That was the most exciting thing that’s happened to me in a while.

A: What was your impression of these “young folks”?

J: Oh, they were lunatics. *laughs* Well, one of ’em was a dwarf, maybe half-blood. The other two were humans–tall as trees and pale as milk. All about my age. The dwarf girl, see, she was wanted by the rebels or something, so she had her face plastered like it was burned, as a disguise. The humans were dressed like street performers, I’m not sure why. All three of ’em were damn shifty. Not bad folks, really, just trying to lie low. The human boy was attractive.

A: Speaking of that. What do you look for in a man?

J: Just that: a man. Someone who can do work, and who’s capable of defending himself. I can’t stand boys who soil their trousers at the thought of a fight. But if he thinks that I need defending, he’d better think again. I need respect, too. *pauses*  I do rather like cocky, rakish sorts.

A: What’s your main goal in life?

J: First, to get out of my village. Once my younger brothers are settled and all…I’d like to see some other countries. The crowned heads. I’m handy enough with a dagger that I’ve thought of becoming a mercenary. There’s money to be had in crime. My ma would pitch some fit, though.

A: I can see why. How is your relationship with your mother?

J: It can be a bit difficult. She just wants me to help her around our house–my dad ran off when I was just a little bit–but I’m always going off doing this-and-that. But most of the time she’s just looking out for me, I think. And I…look, do we have to talk about this?

A: Um, no. Moving right along. Has anyone ever compared you to an animal?

J: *rolls eyes* Yes. It’s always a crow. Jennet, you’re such a crow. Are you sure you’re not a shapeshifter, Jennet? Oh, you must be a crow the gods punished to become a dwarf. On and on. It’s because my laugh is all harsh and I have this beak of a nose. Also, I really enjoy shiny things.

A: I wouldn’t mind being compared to a crow. What’s wrong with it?

J: It’s damn tiring. You wouldn’t know about that, Miss-Fair-Skinned-Silver-Tongue. And I don’t see a single shiny thing on you. Oh, wait. Pierced ears. Bah.

A: Well, what’s your favorite thing about yourself?

J: Definitely my street smarts. There’s no city I’d want to avoid, and no scum I wouldn’t take on. If I can’t fight ’em, I can outwit ’em or outrun ’em.

A: Impressive. How about your flaws?

J: Over-confidence. So maybe forget about what I just said, eh? Also insensitivity. My looks could stand a polish, too.

A: What’s the strangest thing that’s ever happened to you?

J: This. Right now. Who are you, what am I doing sitting in this room, and what is that glow-y contraption you’re tapping on?

A: Never mind that. Uh, thanks for coming, Jennet! Any parting words?

J: I didn’t have much choice in coming, did I? No parting words. Except, don’t call me Crow Girl, don’t insinuate I’m from the north, and never make me change a baby’s napkin. Now can you please unlock those exits?

That’s all for now, folks! Any questions you may have for Jennet, she will happily  answer.

Want to follow our blog tour? Here are the participating parties, day by day

March 5 — — Kirsten Writes!

March 6 — – Struggles Of A (Maybe) Teen Author

March 7 — –This Page Intentionally Left Blank

March 8 — – The Dreamers Adventures

March 9 — — Lily’s Notes in the Margins

March 10 — – A Box of Letters and a Cup of English Tea

March 11– –From My Head

March 12 — –The Word Asylum

March 13 — –Oh Yeah, Write!

March 14 — – A Farewell To Sanity

March 15 — — Novel Journeys

March 16 — — Comfy Sweaters, Writing and Fish

March 17 — – Oops Was That Loud?

March 18 — — Here’s To Us

March 19 —— The Incessant Droning of a Bored Writer

March 20 — –Teens Can Write Too! (We will be announcing the topic for next month’s chain)


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11 responses to “A Supporting Character Speaks Up

  1. writewithoutborders

    March 18, 2012 at 8:52 AM

    I loved this! very entertaining. keep at it!

  2. Liam, Head Phil

    March 18, 2012 at 9:02 AM

    Nice post. I like Jennet, though the language… I don’t often approve of that. But still, great character!

    • Allegra Davis

      March 18, 2012 at 11:22 AM

      Thanks! I usually sanitize my posts to avoid offending people, but with Jennet speaking, the language would be impossible to avoid.

      • Liam, Head Phil

        March 19, 2012 at 8:58 PM

        I understand, but I’d at least do something like $%^& or [censored], or just ****. But that’s me. The actual swearing makes the character seem more real, and more angry with the world.

  3. Gwendolyn Copperstone (Lily Jenness)

    March 19, 2012 at 7:20 PM

    Nice character! A kick-butt dwarf, nice. Getting compared to a crow is better than being compared to a starling or a vulture.

    • Allegra Davis

      March 19, 2012 at 8:24 PM

      Thanks! I quite agree on being compared to a crow–not bad at all!
      I’m big on kick-butt dwarves. My protagonist is half-dwarf herself.

  4. Sharry

    March 19, 2012 at 10:10 PM

    Ooo, your story sounds like fun!! I love it when you get to know your characters so well that it doesn’t matter if they’re only in one or two chapters…they have a whole life outside of the story you’re currently writing about! Do you plan on writing a spin-off story for Jennet? 😛

    • Allegra Davis

      March 20, 2012 at 7:34 AM

      I hadn’t thought about writing Jennet her own story, no. I like the idea, though! I probably will at some point. Once I created her, I regretted that it was only feasible for her to appear for two chapters in my current novel.

  5. John Hansen

    March 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

    Ha! Jennet sounds like a totally kick ass character! A lot of personality there and very funny as well–looking forward to reading more about her! Great post, but there’s no point in even saying that anymore: they’re always great. 😀

    • Allegra Davis

      March 20, 2012 at 5:44 PM

      Thanks! Jennet is pretty cool–if I do say so myself.


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