#MyCharactersAreReal Tag Part 3: The Child Zombie Killers Diary

Every day, I get even more excited about going back to this story!

Check out Part One & Part Two

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…

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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?

Strengths

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!

Weakness’

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?

Strengths

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)

Weakness’

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?

Melanie’s Diary!

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,

Jade x

Check out Part Four

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#MyCharactersAreReal Tag Part 2: Tigs, The Child Zombie Killers Cat

And, here is part two of the #MyCharactersAreReal Tag (hosted by ellerymarconnor) on Instagram!

This is so fun to do, and is really helping me to get a better handle on the motivations and quirks of my protagonist in my 2017 NaNoWriMo project! And is making me delve in to things I hadn’t ever considered!

Check out Part One

And here’s a recap on what my 2017 NaNoWriMo Project was all about:

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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…

Who Does Your Character Love More Than Anything or Anybody?

Before the apocalypse, she loved her family; her mam, step-dad and her sister Amber. Don’t get me wrong, she still loves them after the apocalypse too, but right now, it’s Tigs the cat! She’s the only one that Melanie has left to remind her of any of them – and, as cats go, she’s quite typical of a moggy who doesn’t always want to be around, and often goes on little adventures when Melanie’s not looking!

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Who Gets Under Your Characters Skin?

Tigs! The cat often makes her mutter and curse to herself when she decides to go off on her own.

Who or What Could Break Your Character (even if it doesn’t happen in your book)

It changes throughout the story. Melanie has to grow up very quickly, she see’s terror, betrayal, chaos, killing, and I think, she’s already very broken by the end of the book. I think what pushes her over the edge, is having to defend herself against what’s left of the people she once knew.

I think, another thing that could easily break her is simply, losing Tigs…

Who or What is a Bad Influence on Your Character?

Before, it would have been her friend – Emma. She could convince Melanie to do absolutely anything – even stick her toe in a fire! Now, she doesn’t have anyone or anything to convince her to do anything, she need’s to make the choices for herself. Although, Tigs the Cat does have a want to get in to things she shouldn’t – and Melanie had to try to get her out! (So maybe Tigs)

Is Your Character the One to Instigate the Fight, Break it up or Stand Back?

To begin with, she was always the peace keeper among her friends. Melanie was always the one to make things okay again, a sort of a go between when two of her friends were arguing. But now, considering the situations she’s in, she stands back. She has enough to worry about than other people’s problems as well!

When Someone First Meets Your Character, What do They Think of Them?

Melanie is young! She’s only twelve! So people just assume she’s naive and young and needs looking after, but then, as the book progresses, people appreciate her more because she is on her own (and she’s still alive). There are still some that treat her like a child, but there are others that don’t.

What Does Your Character Look for in an Ally or Friend?

Before, she just looked for people with similar interests! She was your typical schoolgirl who liked to watch movies, and read books, and enjoyed a game of rounders once in a while! But, now, if she had to look for something, she’d look for trust! Because that’s the only thing that really matters now…


I can’t, like, even explain how fun these prompts are to do! I really am hoping that I’ll be able to finish the second draft of this book by the end of the year so I can get some beta-readers opinions on it!

Part three will be with you next Sunday!

But, until then

Just keep Writing,

Jade x

Check out Part Three

An ‘Apocalyptic Christmas Story’ by Rhys the AZK

“It twas the night before Christmas, and all through the house, not a creature stirred, not even a mouse. The kids were asleep, all snug in their beds.

But then came a thud, and a crash and a wallop, and what would come out the chimney that night, but a big green gabbop”

Josie had went to say something, but Rhys had put his hand up to stop her, none of us knew what a gobbop was, but for rhyming purposes, it worked, and after a look, the both of us let it slide,

“Now, it’s not the Grinch my young Jose, but something stranger than him, and, with a clatter and a bang, he got to his feet, and across the carpet he strode, no room for his beat -” he went to shake his shoulders, as if he was going to start dancing, but Jose stopped him,

“Your terrible at rhyming” she said, “It started off okay” she felt the need to tell him, “But I don’t think it makes much sense anymore”,

“It’s a story about zombies at Christmas, of course it doesn’t” Rhys had said before he’d wriggled his butt in the cushion dramatically and turned his head up, continuing with his story;

‘He stumbled up the stairs, they thought it twas the cat, but she hissed at the bottom, she wanted none of that. And in to the girls room, the green thing did go. And, with a scream and a clatter, they were gone without a matter.

‘The parents, they rushed in, all sad and crying, proclaiming to the police, their kid was kidnapped and dyying”, Jose smiled, leaning her head on her shoulder, “But, no evidence they found, except for a red pound. And, on and on, it went, till new years came around” Josie had lied down now, her head resting on her hands, “The mother went searching, looking high and low. And, finally, she found her, all meekly and slow. She was pale and sick, and not a word was said. The mother knew best, so over she went. The dad found them later, both stood outside the door” Rhys gestured to the front door and it made the hairs on my arms prickle, “He thought he would join them, but they ate him instead!”

Josie laughed then – I don’t know if that’s a good thing, considering what the whole thing was about – but it made her belly laugh, like properly laugh, and she hadn’t done it for so long that I didn’t consider how terrible the story was.

But then, I guess; in this world, where people kill people, and the dead kill people too, you need to laugh, you need to be happy every now and then, because, without it, what’s the point? What’s the point of living in a world like this if you can’t?

Rhys had smiled, and then, he’d pulled out a badly wrapped present from behind his back. Josie’s little eye’s had lit up and she looked almost scared to take it, but Rhys put it in to her hands and told her to open it.

It had only been a coloring book and some old crayons, but Josie had loved it, and from the time she was given it, to the time we sat down – for perhaps one of the best Christmas dinners I’ve ever had out of a tin – she never put it down, and, even after that, as we lay content and full, she colored until she fell asleep.

It was and, perhaps, always will be, the best ‘Apocalyptic Christmas’ I’ll ever have.


I’m not sure if this worked the way I wanted it too, but, if anything, it was nice to write it out, and perhaps, it’s given you a little insight in to the dynamics of these three characters from my NaNoWriMo project!

And, also, I’d like to wish you a very Merry Christmas, or a very happy Monday!

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