1. Who is the main character?
Anna Katherine Dinsmore. Her friends call her Kate; her best friends call her Katie. She turns 14 in Half-Truths and recently moved from a tobacco farm in eastern NC (where this picture "was taken"--well, sort of, truth is, I found it on Pinterest) to ritzy, Myers Park, NC (a part of Charlotte).
|I imagine Kate was about 10 when this picture was taken.|
That's Speckles next to her.
After moving from Crossroads, she wants to find a place where she fits in.
2a. The antagonist?
- Ginny, a friend she used to play Civil War with when she visited her grandparents in Myers Park. Ginny wants to keep Kate away from her crush, Robert.
- Kate's grandmother, Cecelia Dinsmore, who wants to make Kate into a debutante.
3. Is there a possession or memory the MC keeps close?
The marble her granddaddy made and gave her.
4. What is the protagonist's greatest fear?
That her daddy will get injured in the Korean conflict. Or worse.
5. Who is your favorite character?
Like many of the other bloggers in this tag, I like them all. Sometimes I even like Kate's uppity grandmother, Cecelia, who drives Kate crazy.
6. List some of the more prominent characters, and then provide a line that describes them.
Eileen: Even though I’ve had the whole summer to get used to the idea of moving to Charlotte I’m still not ready to leave. “I still don’t see why we can't stay." I say, tugging on my goat’s rope to get her to hop up on the truck. Why can Eileen jump over the chicken coop but when I want her to do something she digs her heels in and refuses to budge?
|Eileen is a Nubian goat.|
Random fact: Carl Sandburg had Nubian goats
in his mountain home in Flat Rock, NC.
They're from African descent.
|Lena Horne and Ricardo Montalban with civil rights heroine Daisy Bates and the “Little Rock Nine,” at New York’s Imperial Theater on June 13, 1958. Horne and Montalban were starring in the musical, Jamaica at the theater.|
|Wrong time period, but this is Anita Florence Hemmings|
who passed for white in order to attend
Vasser in 1893.
|The girl seated on the left could|
be Ginny. As long as her hair is red.
|If the boy sitting down with the football had a cow lick,|
this would be a great picture of Robert.
(Ad is dated 1952. Perfect!)
Maggie, Kate's younger sister:
Smartest character? Lillian.
Quirkiest character? Eileen.
I flip through books like these:
as well as websites like this one on civil war names.
9. Are any characters influenced by someone in your life?
Lots. But I'd prefer to keep their identities secret. (You never know when someone will come up to you and say, "You really didn't write about me, did you?")
Here are my fellow bloggers in this Shared WIP Tag. I hope you'll check out their characters too. You'll find some doozies!