Hi, everyone! Many thanks to Kiran for hosting me today. As you may know, this week marks the one year anniversary of The Kraken Collection, of which Kiran and I are both members. A bunch of our books are on sale for $0.99 this week and we’ve created a fun quiz with a bunch of our indie friends for you. Maybe you’re most like Kiran’s character, Adan (yay! :D), or my character, Arèn. Take the quiz and find out!
But speaking of Arèn… We’re all also blog-hopping to share our characters with each other on our blogs and I wanted to tell you all a little more about him.
Arèn is the deuteragonist of A Promise Broken, my debut novel. It’s a quiet story about family and love. He’s aromantic asexual because it’s a pretty safe bet that one or more of my main characters falls somewhere on the a-spectrums. This is the point where I’m supposed to tell you that Arèn was written to explicitly counter some of the stereotypes that aromantic and asexual people see in fiction a lot.
The truth is that I didn’t do that on purpose, but I’m really glad to know he resonates with people specifically because he’s a compassionate, sweet guy. Sadly, he’s not actually all that great with children, but he tries. He loves his niece and he’s doing what he can to make her happy and to keep her safe. Considering that half the people on the council are convinced she’s a threat to the world and are a bit, um, extreme in their proposed solution, that’s trickier than you might think.
But he’s got a bunch of good friends in his corner, common sense on his side, and a young girl to protect. Do not mess with Arèn is all I’m saying. He’d rather fight with words, but his words bite. Meanwhile, he also oversees the treasury and the family estate because governing doesn’t stop even if you’re grieving and trying to learn how to be a single father. He’ll get the hang of it. (Whether Eiryn will agree that he has is another matter altogether.)
And that’s a little bit more about Arèn. If he was your result on the quiz, congratulations! You’re like one of my favourite characters because he’s so dedicated to the truth and his family and because he works so hard to do the right thing. I hope you enjoyed this little glimpse into his character.
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Kiran Oliver is a 32 year old author residing in New Zealand with their wife, their cats Ember and Alastor, and their puppy Teddy.