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The Legacy of Androva Series

Character Development

As I write the seventh and final book in the Legacy of Androva series, I got to thinking about how much the characters have developed over the course of the life-threatening adventures they've experienced. I decided it would be interesting to revisit Jax and Darius as they were, two weeks before Stealing Magic, the first book, just to remind myself! They were both fourteen years old and both kind of clueless, albeit in different ways. I think I'll do another interview at the end of book seven (assuming they both survive 😉) to see if I can demonstrate their development simply in terms of the dialogue they use.

I hope you enjoy reading it, and thank you for visiting my blog today!

Me: Thank you for agreeing to do this interview.
Jax: (rolls eyes) Not like we had a choice, is it? Given that we’re your characters.
Darius: (looks embarrassed)
Me: (grins) OK, fair point. But if you’re my characters, how come you sometimes do and say things that I don’t expect you to?
Jax: I could tell you, but then I’d have to project a Distraction Spell so that you didn’t remember. Those are the rules. So why bother? (raises eyebrows) Maybe I’ve told you already…
Me: You’re quite sure of yourself, aren’t you?
Jax: Obviously. I am the best underage magician on Androva.
Darius: (sniggers) Modesty being one of his more hidden qualities.
Jax: Modesty is a shortcut to obscurity.
Darius: (pushes Jax on the shoulder) Remind me again why I’m friends with you?
Jax: (grins) For my sense of humor, probably.
Me: (tries to get the interview back on track) Can you tell the readers something about yourselves? Like why they should read Stealing Magic, for example.
Jax: Stealing is a strong word. Is it really stealing? (turns to Darius)
Darius: It depends on whether you come from Androva or Terra, I suppose.
Me: Well, the readers are from Terra.
Jax: (shrugs) I don’t think it’s stealing. It’s not as if anyone on Terra even knows it’s there. Perhaps if they knew…
Darius: (looks nervous) They can’t, Jax. We’ve talked about this before.
Jax: (avoids Darius’s gaze) Yeah, I know.
Me: (changes the subject) Tell me a bit about Androva. Imagine you’re talking to someone who isn’t a magician.
Jax: Someone who isn’t a magician? You mean a Terran.
Me: Yes. At the moment, there are no magicians on Terra.
Jax: (leans forward) At the moment? Interesting…
Darius: (shakes his head) Don’t get any ideas.
Jax: (innocent look) I wouldn’t!
Darius: (frowns) Yes, you would.
Me: Can we return to the question please? What’s it like on Androva?
Jax: We’re all magicians, and we don’t do much without using magic. It’s everywhere. Your head would probably find it hard to handle. If you ever went there for real, of course.
Darius: (covers face) Please don’t insult the person who is telling our story. I don’t want to be written out before the first book even starts.
Jax: I don’t think the book would work without me. I’m pretty sure I’m one of the main characters.
Me: You can be a bit of a brat, can’t you?
Jax: (grins) Isn’t that part of my charm?
Darius: (groans) Can we stop the interview before he says anything else?
Me: What about the part of Androva that you don’t know?
Jax: (warily) What do you mean?
Me: There are a lot of secrets, aren’t there?
Jax: (hesitates) Maybe.
Me: How far would you go to find out what they are?
Jax: (looks intrigued) I don’t know. You tell me. How far would I go?
Darius: (warningly) Jax…
Me: Thanks very much both of you. I’m going to have to stop the interview there because we’re out of time.

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