The Shadow Stalker Blitz: Part 3

Marketing KitWelcome back to the final stop here at Writing Room 101. If you’ve visited before, or managed to catch Renee elsewhere on her tour, thanks for your support.

This time I’d like to share two character interviews with you, provided for the blitz. They are a lot of fun, so I’m sure you’ll enjoy them as much as I did.

First up is Auren Trask (the series is told from Auren’s point of view). This is followed by Kato, who is Auren’s Foster father and Guardian. 

Auren Trask

Character Interview

By: Kathryn Jenkins

Q: Tell us a little about you and the world you reside in?

A: The Serpent Isles are an island chain in the far north of my world. There are other land masses, mostly islands, around the world, but we are far from any of them. We are the most advanced culture on our world as well. Some of the other islands have primitive cultures, but the other islands are not very hospitable places to live. The wildlife is much too dangerous to coexist with on some, and the climates are too harsh on others. We are not sure why our culture seemed to thrive and advance, while others that remain are so primitive, but there are legends that suggest shadow stalkers played a role in that, if you believe in such things.

Q: What is it like to be a kid growing up among the Serpent Isles?

A: Boring…at least on Appolia. I think I live in the most boring town on the coldest island in the Serpent Isles. We only get about a month of warm weather, and it never gets warm enough to swim here. There’s lots of skiing and snow related activities, but I’ve never been into that sort of thing. I don’t really like the cold. I like rock climbing, rappelling, and caving, though. Kado takes me camping on a different island every summer, and we do all kinds of stuff like that. On Appolia, I spend most of my time studying and trying not to get myself into too much trouble. Kado keeps me busy studying a lot of different things outside of school as well, so I don’t have much time for my friends.

Q: You have a very protective foster father. Do you ever get the urge to rip your hair out, when it comes to dealing with him?

A: Well, no. I like my hair right where it is. I might consider ripping his out on occasion, though. Wait, never mind…that would not end well. We do butt heads a lot, though, and quite often I let my friend, Jade, talk me into breaking the rules. It’s great fun, until I get caught, which with Kado doesn’t take very long. Sometimes I swear he can read my mind.

Q: In episode one you have two very unique friends. Can you tell us about them and how you met each?

A: I met Jade Tobin and Deakan Nix on my first day of school when I was six years old. We connected right away and have been inseparable since. Sometimes I think with the way the two of them bicker, they might like each other, but I’ll never tell them that. It might take a cataclysmic event to get them to admit they have feelings for each other.

Jade is generally quiet and reserved, but at the same time very mischievous. She is someone you can trust with your innermost secrets, and she is a lot of fun to be around. She has very laid back parents, except that they tend to shelter her from the harsh realities of the world. She tends to be too trusting, and she can’t understand cruel people. Violence terrifies her.

Deakan is the exact opposite. You can always count on him to be running his mouth, except when he’s around his father. He’s very obedient and well behaved around his dad. It’s like he has two different personalities, but I’d bet any amount of money that the person he is away from his dad is the real Deakan. He always seems to have something to prove and has a tendency to really dislike authority figures.

Q: Your foster father spent many years training you. Do you feel glad after your experiences about having this training?

A: I would say I feel relieved more than glad. I don’t know what I would have done without the training to fall back on when my friends and I were in trouble. But the training itself has always been very difficult and limiting to my social life. So it’s really been a blessing and a curse.


 

Kado

Character Interview

By: Kathryn Jenkins

Q: Hi Kado, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and your background?

A: I am a shadow stalker who was chosen at birth to be trained by our Foramar to replace him upon his death. Auren believes I am a courier, but I have spent the last eighteen years acting as a liaison between the shadow stalkers and the Coalition, the current government of the northern territory of the Serpent Isles. It has been my cover for keeping Auren’s secret. Shadow stalkers do not live among the people of the Serpent Isles, and it was the only way to legitimize my reason for being here. I am very recognizable as a shadow stalker to those who have fought beside us in the war with the Galvadi Empire, which helped the Coalition win their independence. Auren’s presence with me is not unusual because many people who know of us know that we foster our children out to be raised by others.

Q: How did you come to be Auren’s foster father?

A: As I mentioned, the Foramar fostered and trained me throughout my childhood. When his wife became pregnant, he asked me to foster his child. Auren was born prematurely when the Dark Isle was attacked by the Galvadi. The stress of the attack caused the Foramar’s wife to go into labor. She died in childbirth, and I left the Dark Isle with Auren minutes after her birth.

Q: Its obvious many find you bizarre and hard on Auren. Do you think you’re hard on her?

A: Absolutely, I have to be, although sometimes I don’t think I’m hard enough on her. Being a shadow stalker is not easy at the best of times. Traveling to and from the shadow world is dangerous, and becomes more so when we start using our powers while partially within the shadow world and partially in the physical one. Auren, more than any other shadow stalker, has other dangers she will have to face in her life, and she needs to be prepared or she will not survive.

Q: What is your purpose for training Auren on the skills you decided to show her?

A: She needs to be able to survive in no matter what situation she may find herself in. She will need to be able to go to places other people can’t go and hide herself for days, weeks or more if necessary. She needs to be able to survive off the land, making her own tools if necessary. And she needs to know the islands better than anyone else, so she can accomplish all this. Her training will go above and beyond what a shadow stalker would normally endure, because she will face things that the average shadow stalker will never have to face. I
believe her father chose me to foster her because I have the foresight to know what she will need to learn.

Q: You have so much experience and knowledge about many things in your time. Can you tell us more about shadow stalkers?

A: The only thing I can share with you about the shadow stalkers at present is that we were created by the shadow people for a very specific purpose, although it’s not clear to us yet what that purpose is. Many cultures have their gods, mysterious beings who guide civilizations with a purpose that might not be apparent to the people. However, the people will trust in their gods’ will knowing that the gods have more knowledge and power than they do. While the shadow people are not gods, this is the power they have over us. We follow their will without question. In exchange for our obedience, we are given power that goes far beyond the power of any other mortal, which includes an extended lifespan. We will not live forever, but we will live at least twice as long as the average human.

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The Journey Begins

Shades of AugustFor the next thirty-one days the daily prompts will be centred around the character August Montgomery. If you need a reminder of this month’s special series, or to add your contribution, click here.

Today marks the first of August’s adventures, and as it’s a Friday the genre is optional.

Have fun 🙂

[WR101 Prompt Series] Terrifying Thursdays' – Prompt #11

The theme for this week is a kind of ‘character versus plot’. I have provided two options below, challenging you explore other ways of working. If you enjoy to map out a story before you add characters to the landscape, try using option B. If the opposite is true and you don’t normally stick to a set plan, why not try it out?

This is the final prompt in this week’s theme. Shades of August begins tomorrow. To find out more, click here.

a) Plot breakdown/Storyline

Stasis: The year is 2021 and the earth is recovering from nuclear war.  Only a small percentage of the population remain. The story focuses on the area that was once known as central London, as the quarantine is lifted and a group of people emerge topside.

Trigger: Among the shattered remains of what once was, the group realise they have something new to fear. A creature born of the destruction and stronger than anything they have ever seen.

The quest: Stranded, they must fight to the death in order to survive this new nightmare and earn the right to rebuild a new civilisation.

Surprise: In the heat of battle the group discover a secret weapon. A natural remedy which defies everything they believed about the original war.

Critical choice: The group must decide which side they are on, and create order among chaos.

Reversal: The government lied about their selection, hiding the true reason they were saved.

The resolution of the piece is entirely up to you.

b) Character Description

Name: Audrey Hobson

Age: 20

Hair colour: Black

Height: 5ft 7″

Eye colour: Blue

Complexion: Tanned

Personality traits: Impatient, mischievous and argumentative – she lives to get a rise out of people.

Motto: Never say never.

Occupation: Free spirit.

Martial Status: Divorced

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Welcome to the WR101 Prompt Series. A daily prompt incorporating our love of fiction in all its forms.

I’ve tried not to set too many rules, but there are a few guidelines:

  • Create a post based on the prompt and provide a pingback or link in the comments section of the relevant page.
  • Any form of fiction is welcome; flash-fiction, micro-fiction, stories on a postcard, poetry – you don’t need to put labels on it, you just need to write.
  • Follow the theme on each given day. Here is a breakdown of the week by genre:

Mystery on Mondays’ – a place for mystery and suspense.

Thrilling Tuesdays’ – for all things related to the crime and thriller genres.

Weird and Whacky Wednesdays’ – for stories of a comedic nature.

Terrifying Thursdays’ – for tales of horror.

Fictional Fridays’ – a catch-all prompt for general fiction

Seductive Saturdays’ – a place for romance

Sci-Fi Sundays’ – take us to new worlds.

That’s it! Be respectful of others’ work and always provide constructive feedback.

If you have any suggestions for these prompts, please contact me.

I hope you enjoy the prompt series and look forward to reading your contributions.

M

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[WR101 Prompt Series] Weird and Whacky Wednesdays' – Prompt #11

The theme for this week is a kind of ‘character versus plot’. I have provided two options below, challenging you to explore other ways of working. If you enjoy to map out a story before you add characters to the landscape, try using option B. If the opposite is true and you don’t normally stick to a set plan, why not try it out?

The daily prompts will finish early this week, because I have a month long theme planned for August. As this begins Friday, the last prompts for this round will be tomorrow.

a) Plot breakdown/Storyline

Stasis: A group of friends, thrown together by circumstance and the same level of parental neglect, decide to move in together.

Trigger: The foursome push boundaries and experiment in a whole host of ways. At least one member of the group is an amateur scientist and concocts a potion that will render them invisible to the outside world. Obviously the experiment goes wrong and each of them appear to be missing at least one part of their body

The quest: The group seek help from a university professor when it becomes clear the side effect is permanent.

Surprise: During the course of the professor’s experimentation new changes occur – unexpected fluctuations in the power of the missing limbs.

Critical choice: They must decide whether to go public and seek the help of other experts in the field, while making tons of cash.

Reversal: Unexpectedly the foursome disappear. The professor uses what he knows to attempt recovery.

The resolution of the piece is entirely up to you.

b) Character Description

Name: Theresa Green

Nickname: Tree

Age: 69

Hair colour: White

Height: 6ft 1″

Eye colour: Brown

Complexion: Pale

Personality traits: Strong, loyal and dependable. She is a task master and heavily involved in the environment.

Motto: Always treat others the way you expect to be treated yourself.

Occupation: Environmentalist.

Martial Status: Married

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Welcome to the WR101 Prompt Series. A daily prompt incorporating our love of fiction in all its forms.

I’ve tried not to set too many rules, but there are a few guidelines:

  • Create a post based on the prompt and provide a pingback or link in the comments section of the relevant page.
  • Any form of fiction is welcome; flash-fiction, micro-fiction, stories on a postcard, poetry – you don’t need to put labels on it, you just need to write.
  • Follow the theme on each given day. Here is a breakdown of the week by genre:

Mystery on Mondays’ – a place for mystery and suspense.

Thrilling Tuesdays’ – for all things related to the crime and thriller genres.

Weird and Whacky Wednesdays’ – for stories of a comedic nature.

Terrifying Thursdays’ – for tales of horror.

Fictional Fridays’ – a catch-all prompt for general fiction

Seductive Saturdays’ – a place for romance

Sci-Fi Sundays’ – take us to new worlds.

That’s it! Be respectful of others’ work and always provide constructive feedback.

If you have any suggestions for these prompts, please contact me.

I hope you enjoy the prompt series and look forward to reading your contributions.

M

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[WR101 Prompt Series] Thrilling Tuesdays' – Prompt #11

Following on from yesterday’s prompt – the theme for this week is a kind of ‘character versus plot’. I have provided two options below, challenging you explore other ways of working. If you enjoy to map out a story before you add characters to the landscape, try using option B. If the opposite is true and you don’t normally stick to a set plan, why not try it out?

The daily prompts will finish early this week, because I have a month long theme planned for August. As this begins Friday, the last prompts for this round will be on Thursday.

a) Plot breakdown/Storyline

Stasis: The story revolves around a recluse, who hasn’t left the house in almost two years. Before this they were an active part of the community but an attack left them injured and afraid to trust anyone outside the sanctuary of their home.

Trigger: They trust only one other person, who receives and delivers packages they order via the internet; household goods, clothes, gifts, etc. The character conducts their life via the world-wide web and consults with the police on a number of cases linked to internet crime. When a  hacker gets into their ‘home’ it changes everything.

The quest: In a race against time the character must find the intruder before it’s too late.

Surprise: They uncover evidence to indicate the hacker has infected a number of lives and has more power than anyone gave him/her credit for.

Critical choice: The character must decide whether to sever all ties to the internet, turn over everything to the police and live in total seclusion.

Reversal: They realise  that choosing to cooperate with the authorities has made them a bigger target and the hacker now knows exactly where they live.

Resolution: I’ll leave this up to you!

b) Character Description

Name: Dominic Chambers

Nickname: Dom

Age: 18

Hair colour: Light brown

Height: 5ft 10″

Eye colour: Blue

Complexion: Fair

Personality traits: Has a chip on his shoulder, especially when dealing with people in authority. Is highly intelligent but lacks ambition. Loyal, but loses friends because of a short fuse.

Motto: There is no such thing as a free gift.

Occupation: Student.

Martial Status: Single (Enjoys to play the field)

Family: Four older brothers. Father deceased; Mother is a psychiatrist.

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Welcome to the WR101 Prompt Series. A daily prompt incorporating our love of fiction in all its forms.

I’ve tried not to set too many rules, but there are a few guidelines:

  • Create a post based on the prompt and provide a pingback or link in the comments section of the relevant page.
  • Any form of fiction is welcome; flash-fiction, micro-fiction, stories on a postcard, poetry – you don’t need to put labels on it, you just need to write.
  • Follow the theme on each given day. Here is a breakdown of the week by genre:

Mystery on Mondays’ – a place for mystery and suspense.

Thrilling Tuesdays’ – for all things related to the crime and thriller genres.

Weird and Whacky Wednesdays’ – for stories of a comedic nature.

Terrifying Thursdays’ – for tales of horror.

Fictional Fridays’ – a catch-all prompt for general fiction

Seductive Saturdays’ – a place for romance

Sci-Fi Sundays’ – take us to new worlds.

That’s it! Be respectful of others’ work and always provide constructive feedback.

If you have any suggestions for these prompts, please contact me.

I hope you enjoy the prompt series and look forward to reading your contributions.

M

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[WR101 Prompt Series] Mystery on Mondays' – Prompt #8

I’ve read quite a few posts recently tackling the subject of character and plot, namely – which comes first. With this in mind I’ve decided to create a challenge with two possible options. If, like me, the character usually comes first, then I’d like you to chose option A (write based on plot/location). If you usually write in this way, then try out option B (based on the provided character description).

The theme of your story should focus on the particular day, so today should be crammed full of mystery and intrigue.

I’ve tried not to be too prescriptive, but when you’re adding a plot summary that can be a little difficult! Really, I just wanted to provide an opportunity for you to step out of your comfort zone and explore – whichever side of the scale you’re on. So for the planners, it might go against the grain, but it can be fun to ‘go with the flow’. In a similar way, for those who avoid planning, it can be liberating to know where a story is going and to explore writing within a set of constraints.

Here’s what you’ll need to get started.

a) Plot breakdown/Storyline

Stasis: Begins with the purchase of Craven House – situated at the end of a row and the biggest on the block. The house has a history known to local residents but not to the new home owner (protagonist).

Trigger: Terrible things happen in one of the bedrooms inside Craven House – a room which has been mysteriously sealed off for years and was advertised as an ‘unfinished extension.’

The quest: The home owner must investigate the history, and find out what secrets the room holds.

Surprise: A workman has a fatal accident in the room and all other contractors refuse to enter the house.

Critical choice: Despite the fact your protagonist discovers the death is not the first on record, they are close to discovering the truth. They also invested every last penny into the property and have nowhere else to go.

Climax: The protagonist is locked in the room and cannot get out, despite several attempts at intervention.

Reversal: He/She discovers that it is a test, and that someone has orchestrated the ‘accidents’ in the room to scare people away so they can keep the house to themselves.

Resolution: He/She passes the text, but they are forever changed. People begin to suspect something sinister happened in the room, which forces the protagonist to reveal the ultimate secret.

b) Character Description

Name: Michael Romano

Nickname: Roman

Age: 32

Hair colour: Black

Height: 6ft 1″

Eye colour: Grey/Blue

Complexion: Tanned

Personality traits: Quiet, disarming manner, which puts people at ease. Lives for his job.

Motto: Failure is not an option.

Occupation: Detective

Martial Status: Single (married to his job)

Family: Only child. Parents deceased.

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If you have feedback on the challenges, please let me know. I’m flexible, so if you feel I’m being too prescriptive, I can adapt the prompt for the next daily challenge.

Thanks in advance.

Mel


 

 

Welcome to the WR101 Prompt Series. A daily prompt incorporating our love of fiction in all its forms.

I’ve tried not to set too many rules, but there are a few guidelines:

  • Create a post based on the prompt and provide a pingback or link in the comments section of the relevant page.
  • Any form of fiction is welcome; flash-fiction, micro-fiction, stories on a postcard, poetry – you don’t need to put labels on it, you just need to write.
  • Follow the theme on each given day. Here is a breakdown of the week by genre:

Mystery on Mondays’ – a place for mystery and suspense.

Thrilling Tuesdays’ – for all things related to the crime and thriller genres.

Weird and Whacky Wednesdays’ – for stories of a comedic nature.

Terrifying Thursdays’ – for tales of horror.

Fictional Fridays’ – a catch-all prompt for general fiction

Seductive Saturdays’ – a place for romance

Sci-Fi Sundays’ – take us to new worlds.

That’s it! Be respectful of others’ work and always provide constructive feedback.

If you have any suggestions for these prompts, please contact me.

I hope you enjoy the prompt series and look forward to reading your contributions.

M

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