Because it takes a lot of work to make Mondays fun, we at Inkspell decided to start a new blog feature we like to call Eyecandy Monday. Each Monday we will feature the characters from one Inkspell novel and share with you all the fine details and tasty tidbits we can dig up about these
interesting and well written main characters.
Max and Amy started out as friends in Familiar Ties. They leaned on each other while raising their daughters but the spark of passion ignited and they became more than friends. Can you see how easy that would be with these two good looking people? Wouldn't you risk your friendship for love?
Name: Max Nathanial West
Distinguishing Features: Cheeky Grin
Famous Person they resemble: Chase Crawford /Kellan Lutz
Character Teaser: A single father who looks after his 4 year old girl while chasing his dream of becoming a writer as well as going after the girl he really loves. Although a dedicated father Max is torn between doing what he thinks is right for his daughter and what is really right for her.
Name: Amy Sue-Ann Riley
Distinguishing Features: Always wears a silver necklace
Famous Person they resemble: Sophia Bush
Character Teaser: Amy, a fashion designer who has achieved her dream of becoming a mother as well, is always looking for love. Thinking she found it in her boyfriend Jack, she was faced with disappointment when he left her and their daughter for his directing job on the other side of the world.
I could probably write a book about my personal journey from aspiring writer to published author. The old Beatle’s song, “The Long and Winding Road,” leaps into mind, because it probably describes my experiences best. But to keep it short, sweet, and to the point, I offer the following:
Have you seen that movie, Gone in Sixty Seconds with Nick Cage and Angelina Jolie? If you haven’t, the basic plot revolves around a group of car thieves, really good ones mind you, who are able to jack a car in sixty seconds flat. Quite a feat when you stop to think about it.
When I learned that Inkspell Publishing wanted to publish my debut novel, Call of the Sea, the emotional rollercoaster ride that ensued reminds me a lot of that movie. I went from a celestial high, where I wandered around the house with a Cheshire cat grin on my face and randomly shouted a hearty squee, to the low where it occurred to me that people would actually read my story, see its cover, and judge it on its literary merits. My squees turned to “Holy Mother, what did I just do? Am I ready for this?” -- all in about the space of sixty seconds.
Suddenly, it was all real. I was about to become a published novelist. There’d be editing rounds, of course, but also cover art to collaborate on, book blurbs to write, promotions to participate in. For the first time, my name wouldn’t appear alongside a list of other contributors. This book, this story I love, and have worked so hard to get onto paper would be mine alone. I’d have no one to share the spotlight with, nor would I have anyone to stand behind or blame if it wasn’t well received. All just me and my little dream.
Scary, right? Like being on stage in front of your whole high school class buck naked. *shudders*
Where am I going with all this rambling nonsense about books and movies?
You will never know if you can fly, until you jump off the roof and flap your arms. I’ve decided I want to fly, and I’m about to jump. Care to come along?