A couple of weeks ago I got an email from my good friend and Bedazzled Ink colleague, Jeanne Barrett Magill, to participate in the great 2014 Meet My Character Blog Tour. Of course, I jumped at the chance.

barrett_gcls-2014-ad-1-e1402941573815For those of you who may not be familiar with Barrett’s work, you should definitely check it out, including her newest, Dispatched with Cause, which is the latest in the "Damaged" series.

And if you ARE familiar with her work and you’re going to be in Portland at the 2014 Golden Crown Literary Society’s annual conference, you can meet her in person and get her autograph. It’s a win-win.

And now, on to the blog and a little bit about the novel I’m currently working on – or more to the point, the work I just finished. Some of you may know that I published my second novel in March. It's titled Nudge  and is the story of an advertising executive named Sarah Sheppard who is commissioned by God (also known as Infinity) to work with scholars and theologians to write and market a universal addendum to the world's religious texts. That text (The Addendum) was released on July 4, 2014. (I, Sandra Moran, am merely the editor.) That said, I thought it would be fun to introduce you to Sarah, the character from Nudge, and the author of The Addendum.

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1) What is the name of your character? Is she fictional or a historic person?

The name of the main character in Nudge and the "author" of The Addendum, is Sarah Sheppard. As for the second part of that question ... well, I'll leave that up to the reader to decide.

2) When and where is the story set?

The story is set in the near future -- the fall of 2014 to be exact. It begins in Manhattan, New York, where Sarah works for the Madison Avenue advertising agency of Marshall & Associates. Once she accepts (i.e., is essentially given no choice but to accept) the commission to work for Infinity, she is relocated to Brooke Astor's Hudson Valley estate, Briarcliff Manor.

3) What should we know about her?

Sarah is ... complicated. She's an atheist and has been since she was a child and dug up her dead pet to see if it went to Heaven. She's confident, somewhat cynical and takes nothing at face value. She is a workaholic who sets unrealistic expectations for herself and others. She trusts no one and is always looking for the proverbial "man behind the curtain."

4) What is the main conflict? What messes up her life?The Addendum

Sarah is, and has always been, a square peg trying to fit into a round hole. She's great at pretending to have it all together, but inside, she's lonely, lost, and convinced that she will never find the place (or the person with whom) she fits. To compensate, she drives herself to be the best at everything she does. She is fiercely competitive, which puts her at odds with many of the people in her life.

5) What is the personal goal of the character?

Sarah wants ... more. More money. More accolades. More recognition for her work. What she doesn't realize is that she's trying to fill the void that exists in her life with things that ultimately give her no real pleasure. Though she thinks she is working toward one thing, in fact, she is being prepared for a far different task.

6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?

But Nudge and The Addendum are available on Amazon.com and B&N.com. If you're curious, you can also find excerpts of both on my website, www.sandramoran.com.

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So, with that snapshot of Sarah Sheppard and her role in changing the face of religious belief, I now pass the blog gauntlet to a woman I hold in very high esteem and who has a new novel coming out in October. I’m referring, of course, to the very talented Ms. Marianne K. Martin. Her upcoming novel, Tangled Roots,  is the compelling prequel to Under the Witness Tree. You can check out her work here: www.bywaterbooks.com/martin.

As always, thanks for reading.