I hope everyone enjoyed release week for Daican's Heir! I can't believe, after all these years, the series is complete. This has been nearly twelve years of my life so far. Now that it has reached its conclusion, I thought it would be fun to write a post about how I see some of my characters' futures going after the end of Daican's Heir. While I may write some short stories about it, I can't promise anything. Don't worry, just because I don't mention some characters doesn't mean anything bad happens to them. ;) Spoiler warning! I wouldn't suggest reading any further until you've read DH.
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If you would like to run your own Ilyon vs. Fandom simulation, you can do so here.
For our Ilyon contestants we have, Jace and Holden, Leetra and Falcor, Kaden and Talas, Daniel and Davira, Aaron and Alex, and The General and Richard.
Representing the Merlin fandom, we have Merlin, Arthur, Morgana, and Uther.
Representing the Star Wars fandom (specifically The Clone Wars), we have Hondo Ohnaka, Cad Bane, Maul, and General Krell (who I added for absolutely no other reason than hoping he dies a terrible death. He deserves a thousand of them.)
Representing Middle-earth, we have Aragorn and Thranduil, because how funny would that be to see King Sassy Pants in The Hunger Games?
And, finally, representing the Grishaverse, we have Kaz Brekker and The Darkling.
Who do you want to win the Ilyon vs. Fandom Hunger Games? I'd love to read your thoughts, speculations, and who you're rooting for in the comments!
Now, without further ado, let the games begin, and may the odds be ever in your (favorite character's) favor!
Welcome to the final part of the Daican's Heir Character Q&A! The end of this one does have some spoilers for the book, but I do give warning before we delve into those questions. And even though this is the final part of the Q&A, today is the start of the Ilyon vs. Fandom Hunger Games, which will go through until Friday, so make sure you check that out as well. Each day of the games will be posted here on the blog.
Kyrin gets up to answer the door, greeting those on the
other side. One by one, Rachel, James, Aric, Anne, and Aaron enter the cabin.
After a bunch of shuffling and rearranging furniture, everyone finds a seat
somewhere or another. Kyrin gets everyone tea or coffee, and I offer the
“Thanks for joining us,”
I tell them. I notice James looks particularly nervous. He and Rachel have
never been to one of these before. I decide to start with someone more used to
it. “So, Aaron, I only have one question for you, but I thought it was a really
good question. Isabelle would like to know what your favorite memory of your
“That’s a good
question.” He sits and thinks about it for a moment. “One thing I’ll always
remember about my mother is that she loved to sing. She was always singing. For
living in such bleak conditions, it brought so much joy to our home. That’s my
favorite memory of her.”
“Aww, I didn’t know
that. That’s sweet. What about your father?”
“The one thing I will
always remember about him is how hard he worked to provide for all of us. He
was so dedicated to giving us the best life we could have despite what was
against us. That is what I hope to be able to do for my family.”
“You’ve already done that for me for years,” Timothy says. “So I know you will do it for Lacy and Isaac too.”
Sunday, February 19, 2023
Following Kaden’s example, I take one of the cookies and
munch on it as I look through the remaining questions. “Now that we’ve covered
various questions for most of you, it’s probably time to circle back to you,
He pauses just as he’s
about to reach for his coffee mug, and I give him an apologetic look. “You were
just starting to get comfortable, weren’t you?”
He leaves the coffee mug
and settles back in his chair. “A little.”
“Well, these questions
still aren’t as bad as some you’ve had in the past. Reese wants to know if you
can sing. She’s had it on her mind for a long time, and may or may not have
fangirled over what you would sound.”
There are hints of
barely contained laughter around the room, and Jace shoots a look at Kaden
before sighing and turning back to me. “Haven’t I been asked this before?”
“Hmm, I think you might
have, back when the Goodreads Girls were posting Ilyon versions of Disney
Jace grimaces at that
memory. “Well, my answer is still the same. I don’t sing.”
Now there’s some actual
laughter from both Kaden and Holden.
Kyrin leans into Jace.
“I think he probably could if he tried.”
Jace shakes his head. “No.”
Saturday, February 18, 2023
Kaden’s still looking at me squinty-eyed over having
Davira unleashed on them just because of a random photo. I quickly flip to
another question card.
“So, since we’re on the
topic of characters, Kara wants to know what the hardest thing is about
creating a character. Looks? Name? Personality? Well, characters aren’t usually
too much of a problem for me. Characters are my favorite part of fiction, and
it usually isn’t hard to create a cast of them. However, one of the most
notable exceptions is that I sometimes struggle with creating my main female
characters. Male characters are easy, maybe because I, personally, prefer male
characters in fiction. But developing female characters’ personalities can
sometimes be a challenge. Kyrin took a while to develop. I knew something just
wasn’t right about her character when I first started writing Resistance.
It took months before I realized that someone was missing from her life, and
that’s how Kaden came into existence. The whole time I was writing her and
something seemed off, it was because she was missing her brother. Once I added
Kaden, she finally started to develop properly. So the short answer is that
personality is the hardest part for me, but mainly just for female characters,
though not always. I didn’t have any trouble like that with Leetra and Elanor.
Some characters just come with fully formed personalities.”
Kyrin sends Kaden a smile across the table. “Even before the books were written, we couldn’t be without each other.”
Friday, February 17, 2023
Welcome to the first part of the character Q&A celebrating the release of Daican's Heir! It's been a LONG time coming. Enjoy! And don't forget to stop by Instagram or Facebook to enter the Daican's Heir giveaway bundle!
I slide off my blue and black dragon and untie the basket
secured behind the saddle. Of course, I can’t show up to one of these sessions
empty-handed. My characters surely expect yummy treats by now as consolation
for making them answer questions. I then crunch through the icy snow toward
Jace and Kyrin’s cabin. At least Landale didn’t get as much snow this year as
the previous year.
At the door, I knock,
and Kyrin opens it a moment later with a smile. “Welcome. Come in.”
I thank her and step
into the cozy cabin. Jace smiles and nods at me from where he is stoking the
fire across the room. After over ten years of this writing adventure, I think
my characters have finally excepted that I knew what I was doing despite all
the hardship I put them through. We’ll see if the others are as happy to see me
as Kyrin and Jace are.
I hold up the basket.
“Kyrin, I know you said you would make shortbread cookies, but I did bring a
couple of extra things I’m sure Kaden will enjoy.”
She takes the basket so
I can slip off my coat. “I’m sure he will. It was the one thing he said he was
looking forward to about another one of these sessions.”
“Well, you guys did get
a nice, long break from having to answer questions. I have a feeling, now that
the series is over and everyone is more or less settled, most of you won’t mind
the questions so much.”
“You’re probably right.
Even Jace isn’t as nervous.” Kyrin sets the basket on the table and smiles at
He shrugs. “Can’t be worse than what we’ve already been through.”