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Shadow in the Sea

Readers will return to Windwaithe Island once again. When sixteen-year-old Sadelyn Hanson washes up on the shores of Windwaithe Island, her beauty and the strange marks on her wrist make superstitious locals suspect she is a mermaid. Feigning amnesia, Sade hides a far worse secret: she was sailing to her own murder trial when she was thrown overboard by the real killer, the cunning and cruel Captain Westwood.

Sade's quiet effort to rebuild her life on the island is threatened when she meets an actual young merman. Unable to speak his language, Sade still longs for the warm companionship he offers, despite the locals' dire legends about merfolk and their dark magic. But her confused feelings for the impossible boy become the least of her problems when Captain Westwood's ship docks at Windwaithe. With nowhere to escape, Sade must trust in the one person who doesn't fear the merfolk. A woman who had dealings with them herself—years ago

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Character Sketches

As an author who is also an illustrator, I love drawing my characters as I work on a book. It helps my writing when I'm trying to describe what my characters look like, not to mention it’s a lot of fun. If you are a writer who is not an artist, try finding pictures of people in catalogs that are as close as possible to what you picture in your head. You can refer to them from time to time and it will help to get the creative juices flowing. My characters often change as I write. The sketch of the main character from my Mermaid of Windwaithe Island book started off older then she ended up, which is why she looks a lot older in the picture than she is in the book. My protagonist’s love interest, pretty much stayed the same throughout. The story was originally set in a fantasy world instead of a historical setting so the clothes they are wearing in the sketches are not historically accurate.


Pinky said...

I love the background ... It so goes with the book. I'm glad you made this new blog so we can keep up to date with all the stages of your book.

Daphne said...

So, are you going to post actual character sketches? You know, not drawings, but descriptions and character backgrounds. Stuff where we can get to know the characters without having the story ruined. Maybe you could write short stories about the characters? I would like that.

Karlene said...

Great sketches. Your publisher should use them in the book.

Sra said...

You drew these? Wow.

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