Every day, I get even more excited about going back to this story!
And, as always, here’s a synopsis so you know what I’m talking about:
Set in a zombie apocalyptic Britain, a forty-year old guy called Al, finds a diary of the twelve-year-old Melanie. Inside, it documents the beginning of the apocalypse and the world she experiences. He doesn’t want it to ever finish; but he can see the un-penned, blank pages at the end. Did she decide she didn’t need it? Did she lose it? Or did she die…
What Would be on Your Main Characters Bucket List?
Melanie has always wanted to travel, but not, like continuously. She wants to travel for a little bit, experience some of the wonders of the world; and then settle down somewhere that isn’t her home town, get married, have kids and adopt a load of dogs!
She also wants to be a zoo keeper!
What are Your Characters Emotional Strengths and Weaknesses?
Melanie has already experience a lot of loss and grief in her young life, so she’s more emotionally prepared for the losses she’s going to experience!
Her father left them when she was six, she lost her grandparents when she was eight,(one after the other) and more recently, her mum miscarried their baby brother eight months in to her pregnancy.
They also lost Bilbo the dog quite recently as well, which, in turn, gave them Tigs the cat!
To begin with, Melanie does have a tendency to depend on others a bit too much. As much as she likes to be seen as a grown-up, she also likes to be looked after and cared for – which can mean she can turn a bit lax on what’s really happening around her.
But, she’s twelve, you can’t really blame her for wanting to be looked after, can you?
What are you Characters Physical Strengths and Weaknesses?
Mel and her step-dad used to go on run’s together. She’s good at sprinting, and being able to keep herself at a steady pace! (Which is great when you have to run away from zombies – or other people)
Mel isn’t very strong, or very tall, which can be a little inconvenient when your trying to climb or pull yourself up on to something.
What Does Your Character do When They’re Upset?
Mel likes to write when she’s upset, or when she’s feeling anything at all, really!
Special Skills and/or Weapon of Choice?
Honestly, Mel just uses anything to hand! Shovels, iron crow bars and frying pans are some of her preferred defenses, but it just depends on where she is and how many there are!
The worst thing about being a kid in a British zombie apocalypse is that guns are completely impossible to get a hold off.
What is Your Character’s Greatest Fear?
Melanie’s greatest fear, above losing Tigs the cat, is ending up all alone.
If it wasn’t for Tigs lying on her sleeping bag at night, when their in between groups, Melanie would have lost all hope and got far too careless. Tigs may only be a cat, but she’s the only thing Melanie has left, and her only (semi) constant companion.
Significant Objects or Symbols for Your Character?
Her diary is the one thing she has where she can vent, and moan, and ramble, and just write about the day she’s had, the people she’s met, the people she’s killed, the zombies she’s dodged, and the antics that she get’s up to! It’s something that helps to keep her sane, to help her remember who she is and what she’s going through.
She also loves the idea of documenting the zombie apocalypse, and, although, the facts are warped by a twelve-year-old brain, it details all the little happenings of the people that wouldn’t be recorded in the history books!
The diary is also the most important piece, as it connects both Melanie and Albert! It becomes a staple part of both of them! For Mel, it’s an escape, and for Albert, it’s hope.
Next Sunday, the last part of this tag will be posted! It’s been so fun and exciting to get myself back in to this novel! I’m hoping that I’ll have a spurt of motivation to finish off the beta-draft of Tales of Monsters before March comes around, but, we’ll just have to wait and see about that!
Whatever happens though, I’m hoping that both Tales of Monsters is beta reader ready, and DOACZK is at least a finished second draft by the time November comes back around, because, the ideas of what to write for NaNoWriMo are already swirling inside of my head, and I can’t wait!
On Wednesday (21st), I’m guest blogging over at Welcome to Realiti’s, so make sure to check that out! (Or just check him out anyway!)
Until next time though,
Just Keep Writing,
Check out Part Four