Fervent Exposure – Sam

January 29, 2011 at 12:56 pm (fantasy, Fervor, Sam, writing) (, , , , , , , , )

I’m going to take the advice of fellow writer/blogger Dawn Rae Miller, and move away from the idea of the trials and tribulations of being a writer. With the March release of my first novel, Fervor, I’ve decided to instead use the next few weeks as an opportunity to introduce the characters and culture in my book so that you can get to know them and, hopefully, to like them. Since Sam is the protagonist and the exclusive point of view character in my directed third person narrative, I figured that earned him the honour of going first. Here’s a little excerpt to give you some insight into his persona:

That was something that Sam actually liked about his gift. His life was now something of an adventure, his searches taking him to places he had never been before on Fervor. It let him lead a fairly solitary existence, and Sam was quite happy with that. If he had not been directed to find something specific, he would often spend his days scouring the beach or tracking through the backwoods, looking for anything new and spectacular that he might be able to bring home to his house-family. On those days, he often came home empty-handed and somewhat disappointed, but on other rare days, he would stumble upon something unanticipated, like a small cabin filled with canned goods that offered more variety than the storehouses’ usual fare, and he would become the temporary hero.

Sam begins the story as an extremely precocious and obsessively curious eight-year-old who is shocked by the turn of events on the island of Fervor, including his own sudden deafness. He is hungry to solve the series of mysteries surrounding the recent changes on the island that he has always called home. He is a Finder, a role reflective of his desire to seek out answers and solutions, and a Little, one of the smaller percentage of younger children who were abandoned on the island. In some ways he is a typical child, with shiny gray eyes, light brown hair that’s often out of place and an infectious smile. He enjoys learning, runs from bullies and gets antsy when he is idle. In other ways, he is nothing like a normal boy, with exceptionally keen instincts, a desire to use very adult language when speaking (because of a compulsion to find the perfect words for what he is trying to say) and an amazing ability to think under pressure.

Sam matures along the way. He starts out quite vulnerable and dependent on others, but over the course of the time that spans the book, he develops a greater level of self-sufficiency, learns the value of cooperation and finds himself confronting a number of unpleasant truths, including death.

Next blog – Sam’s special friend, Sarah.

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2 Comments

  1. theleagueofelder said,

    I liked Sam. I thought he was a cool character and drove the story at a nice pace. The fact that he can’t talk or hear sort of gave me a rather claustrophobic feeling as I was reading.

  2. chantellyb said,

    Thanks again for being a test reader, Ren – your print copy will be on its way once I have them in hand.

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