Characters

How well do I know my characters?

I stumbled across this blog: Novel Software by “The Novel Factory” and saw this post and couldn’t resist.

In the Ancient Guardians novel series I have quite a few characters that are loved by readers. I randomly selected one, and decided to answer questions about this character.

Harrison Oxley makes his debut in the first book of the Ancient Guardians series as a secondary character. He swiftly jumps out of the category (his personality) and has stolen the hearts of many readers with his sarcasm, humor and witty nature. As the series progresses, Harrison’s point of view is written into the books. This begins in book three, ‘The Awakening,’ and he loves every minute of the spotlight. Readers have often referred to him as their favorite bad/good boy! Okay, enough back story…let’s answer some questions about Mr. Harrison Oxley!

 

The Ultimate Character Questionnaire (156 questions)
This character questionnaire has been collated from a variety of sources. It has been split into categories to try to make it more manageable, but this categorisation is far from perfect and lots of the questions could probably be in more than one category.

 

Basic

First name: Harrison
Surname: Oxley
Middle name: James
Nicknames: Harry
Date of birth: June 5, 1985
Age: 31 (Current Date)

Physical Appearance
Height: 6’3″
Weight: 240
Hair: Dark Blonde
Eyes: Blue
Distinguishing facial features? Mischievous Smile
Which facial feature is most prominent? Eyes
Which bodily feature is most prominent? Smile
Skin: Olive
Hands: Strong
Scars: Across chest (childhood accident)
Birthmarks? none
Physical handicaps? none
Type of clothes? Depends on where he is or assignment he’s on while on duty.  In his realm, he is usually dressed in trousers, waistcoat, tailcoat, and muslin shirt. On Duty: Most of the time a dark 3 piece suit.
How do they wear their clothes? clean, pressed and meticulously cared for unless an assignment advises otherwise.
What are their feet like? (type of shoes, state of shoes, socks, feet, pristine, dirty, worn, etc) Shoes always polished. Feet? Well taken care of.
Race / Ethnicity? Pemdai on earth we would see him as a white male.

Personality
What words or phrases do they overuse? Indeed
Are they more optimistic or pessimistic? Optimistic
What makes them laugh out loud? Someone making a fool of themselves would be an instant outburst for him.
How do they display affection? Sarcasm
How do they want to be seen by others? Don’t get me started. ‘The most handsome, well-rounded and enjoyable person to be around.’
How do they see themselves? Same as above.
How are they seen by others? Fun, exciting, adventurous, loving, daring and arrogant.
Strongest character trait. Quick wit
Weakest character trait. Loses temper without warning.
How competitive are they? 10 on a scale of 1-10
Do they make snap judgements or take time to consider? Both
How do they react to praise? enjoys it all and agrees with the one(s) praising him.
How do they react to criticism? It depends on the one criticizing him. Mostly ignores is or counters back to make the one criticizing him feel dumb for doing so.
What is their greatest fear? Losing someone innocent or dear
What are their biggest secrets? He won’t tell me.
What is their philosophy of life? “The meaning of life is to give it meaning.”
When was the last time they cried? It was documented for readers in the fourth and final book of the Ancient Guardians series: “The Reckoning.”
What haunts them? The fact that he could not prevent the situation that occurred prompting him to shed tears in the book, “The Reckoning.”
What will they stand up for? Honor
Are they indoorsy or outdoorsy? outdoorsy
What is their sinful little habit? Antagonizing others purposefully.
What sense do they most rely on? Mind
How do they treat people better than them? Harrison will respect any honorable individual that is better than him. At times and depending on the situation, he is known for using his quick wit to bring that individual to a state that is no longer ‘better’ than him. Most of this is always done out of good humor in his opinion.
How do they treat people worse than them? Someone in a bad position? Harrison has a heart of gold and would do anything to ensure they are happy and confident. An enemy? In his line of work, Harrison holds nothing back to bring an evil being to justice. Spiteful individuals always fall victim to his sarcastic wit, bringing them down and insulting them until they understand they are rude and their behavior is unacceptable.
What quality do they most value in a friend? Loyalty and good humor.
What do they consider an overrated virtue? In his realm? Marrying out of duty to a position.
If they could change one thing about themselves, what would it be? Saying the wrong thing at the wrong time.
What is their obsession? Battle training

Friends and Family
Is their family big or small? Who does it consist of? Immediate family: Father; King Nathaniel Oxley, Mother; Queen Madeleine Oxley, Sister; Princess/Duchess Lillian Oxley
What is their perception of family? You don’t have to be blood to be family.
Do they have siblings? Older or younger? Younger, Lillian Marie Oxley
Describe their best friend. His only cousin Levi. They grew up together and is one year older than Harrison. He is the emperor’s son and despite Harrison’s constant teasing him, the two are very close friends.
Ideal best friend? Someone who is loyal, honorable and can tolerate him.
Describe their other friends. Witty, tolerable, and adventurous.
Describe their acquaintances. Kings, Queens, and princesses.
Do they have any pets? He wouldn’t consider the Guardian horses he owns as pets, so none.

Past and Future
What was your character like as a baby? As a child? Happy baby, unruly child.
Did they grow up rich or poor? Rich
Did they grow up nurtured or neglected? nurtured
What is their greatest achievement? Guarding ‘The Key’
What was their first kiss like? Not something he would brag about.
What is the worst thing they did to someone they loved? Told her he loved her against his own power.
What advice would they give their younger self? Change your viewpoint on love.
What smells remind them of their childhood? Warm bread coming from the kitchens.
What is their best childhood memory? Learning to ride and tame a Guardian stallion at the age of eight.
What is their worst childhood memory? Falling into rushing waters and pinned underneath a rock after a branch he used as a bridge failed and snapped in half.
Did they have an imaginary childhood friend? No
When was the last time they were crushed with disappointment? When he failed to save a life/lives he had sworn to protect with his.
What past act are they most ashamed of? The way he first treated the woman who he would finally realize he had come to love.
What past act are they most proud of? Rescuing his uncle, Emperor Navarre.
Has anyone ever saved their life? Yes.
Strongest childhood memory? Playing with his cousin, Levi and close friend Julian Hamilton as if they were guardians when they still had much to learn.

Love
Do they believe in love at first sight? Does now.
Are they in a relationship? Married
How do they behave in a relationship? Wildly, but follows his wife’s rules like a loyal little puppy dog.
When did you character last have sex? Really? He didn’t tell me.
What sort of sex do they have? Whatever it is, I’m fairly sure agrees well with his wife.
Has your character ever been in love? Yes
Have they ever had their heart broken? Yes (With the only one woman of which he fell in love.)

Conflict
How do they respond to a threat? Reading the situation in order to process how to attack. Never panics.
Are they most likely to fight with their fists or their tongue? Both.
What is your character’s kryptonite? Harming those who are dear to him.
If your character could only save one thing from their burning house, what would it be? A life.
How do they perceive strangers? Does not fear them.
What do they love to hate? His wife being right.
What are their phobias? None
What is their choice of weapon? Longsword
What living person do they most despise? Sadly, his sister.
Have they ever been bullied or teased? Teased relentlessly by those closest to him.
Where do they go when they’re angry? Away from people
Who are their enemies and why? Any being seeking to harm people of Earth or other innocent beings. Greatest enemy are The Ciatrons, alien species from dimension of Ciatris.

Work, Education and Hobbies
What do they think about their current job? Highly enjoys it
What are their hobbies? Aggressive training, horseback riding, and sparring.
Educational background: Private tutor, Guardian training
Work experience/occupation: Instructor of Guardians, Commander of Guardians, Guarding “The Key”, Guarding humans and other innocent beings. Occupation: Warrior.

Favourites
What is their favourite animal? Guardian Stallion
What place would they most like to visit? He’s been everywhere
What is the most beautiful thing they’ve ever seen? That’s a hard one for him.
What is their favourite song? Anything Bob Seagar
Music, art, reading preferred? Music
What is their favourite color? Black
What is their password? Like he would tell me.
Favourite food: Red meat of any kind
What is their favourite work of art? Landscapes
Who is their favourite artist? his cousin Elizabeth
What is their favourite day of the week? Monday (Because everyone hates it)

Possessions
What is in their fridge: Ask his staff
What is on their bedside table? A lamp his wife picked out
What is in their car? Communication devices
What is in their bin? Boots
What is in their purse or wallet? Fake ID’s, cash, and passports.
What is in their pockets? Knife, loose change and communication device
What is their most treasured possession? A carved wooden arrow he made himself and gave to his wife. He always believed it to bring him good luck in dangerous situations.

Values

What do they think is the worst thing that can be done to a person? Wrongfully accused.
What is their view of ‘freedom’? Living without feeling a need to impress anyone physically or mentally.
When did they last lie? Good question!!!
What’s their view of lying? AND I QUOTE…Sometimes lying might be the better option!
When did they last make a promise? Everyday
Did they keep or break their last promise? Keep

Daily life
What are their eating habits? Regularly
Do they have any allergies? No
Describe their home. Lavish brick home, close to Levi’s estate and Pasidian Palace.
Are they minimalist or a clutter hoarder? minimalist
What do they do first thing on a weekday morning? Aggressive battle training and workout.
What do they do on a Sunday afternoon? Reflect and enjoy family.
What do they do on a Friday night? Every night is a friday night
What is the soft drink of choice? Coke
What is their alcoholic drink of choice? Don’t get him started.

Miscellaneous
What is their character archetype? (Innocent, Orphan, Hero, Caregiver, Explorer, Rebel, Lover, Creator, Jester, Sage, Magician, Ruler) Hero/Jester/rebel
Who is their hero? Grandfather Alexander James Oxley
What or who would your character dress up as for Halloween? A pumpkin. Ha! He’s not into the holiday.
Are they comfortable with technology? More than.
If they could save one person, who would it be? His wife
If they could call one person for help, who would it be? Levi
What is their greatest regret? See above
What is their perception of redemption? Proved through actions
What would they do if they won the lottery? Doesn’t play
What is their favourite fairytale? Is Robin Hood a fairytale?
What fairytale do they hate? I would guess Tarzan
Do they believe in happy endings? Doesn’t worry over them
What is their idea of perfect happiness? Being Content no matter the circumstance
What would they ask a fortune teller? To stop telling fortunes and let people live their lives in mystery due to the excitement of not knowing what the future holds.
If your character could travel through time, where would they go? That’s funny!
What sport do they excel at? Anything he sets out to do
What sport do they suck at? Nothing
If they could have a superpower, what would they choose? He already is quipped with the one thing he would choose: Ability to use 100% of his mind.

 

So there, that’s it! Hopefully I answered all of these correctly, because Harrison is the ‘only’ character in my book series that went behind my back and opened up a social media account!!!

This was truly fun and definitely a good test to see how well I know my characters. I give myself a 100%! A+++!

Until next time!

S.Morgan

Ancient Guardians NEW RELEASES

Ancient Guardians: The Reckoning (Book IV) Announced

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***Special note: This is NOT the book cover and the image belongs to its rightful owner***

Release date:
After a long week of pushing through edits, ughhh, let’s get real…AFTER I decided to combine two books in one and take on THAT crazy task, I finally feel that I can announce a release date. May 30, 2016 is my tentative release date. Why do I say ‘Tentative?’
Right now we are finalizing edits and then it will go to my test readers. During this time (2 weeks from now) I will be bringing my ideas to cover artist. He will take over from there. When the betas get back with their feedback, I will make suggested changes and send off to our professional copy editor. During this time, I am contacting my book formatter and I’m pretty confident she’ll have the book book back to me in time to reach my publishing date!
Thank you, everyone of you, for having so much patience with me in all of this. Honestly, if I didn’t combine books 4&5, book 4 (alone) would have been in your hands by now. But, I couldn’t do that to you…I really felt I needed to combine the two for a fantastic ending to the series!
So without any more said, look for “The Reckoning” in May! (And don’t worry, I’ll keep you updated if we are moving faster or are held up with delays)
Have a wonderful weekend, my love to you all!
S.Morgan❤❤❤

Awards, Writing

All three books in the Ancient Guardians novel series WIN Gold and Silver awards!

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Am I dreaming or did ALL THREE books in the Ancient Guardians series win in the 2015 Reader’s Favorite International awards??? I’m speechless! Congrats to “The Uninvited” for taking GOLD in the Young Adult Romance category, and “The Legacy of the Key” taking silver in this category as well! To “The Awakening” for snatching up the Silver medal in Young Adult Fantasy…both TOUGH categories for the books to compete in and once again, The Guardians have made me proud to be their author!!! Now for the fun part…holding up to my part of the bargain: I’ve said that if all three books win this year, I will definitely go to the Miami award ceremony…. Yeeeee!!!!!
Congratulations to my fellow author friends and all others on their awards!
These awards are dedicated to our readers and fans of the Ancient Guardians series…you all keep me inspired with your love for this series everyday! We love you!!!!
SL Morgan

Ancient Guardians NEW RELEASES, Book 3

Ancient Guardians NOT a three book series!

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Amazon has this lovely little feature that has me a bit frustrated even though I try my best to get the word out that the series does not end with book 3, The Awakening!
So it’s time to clear things up.
First of all, yes…my editor encouraged me to take a HUGE risk and end book 3 in such a way that it would stand out differently from the previous books. She believed that in order to make the ending “unpredictable” we cut an entire chapter and push it into book 4. This risk has caused quite a bit of feedback and also left some readers so upset they sort of forgot everything else in the book and rated it low because they were upset about the ending. It’s perfectly fine, but my issue now is readers are believing that the series ends there due to Amazon’s new way of promoting the book. (3 Books in the series…picture above).
Facts: Book 4 is written and in editing and revisions. We have no concrete date for its release, but we do know this: It will be released!
Right now, I may be ending this series at book four, but if something happens in the whimsical world of Pemdas, we may have book 5…we may have book 6! We don’t know yet. 😉 But the most important thing is, The Ancient Guardians novel series is not a trilogy! There is a book in edits and revisions that will pick up where book three ended!
Special note: It was the hardest decision of my writing career to end book 3 like I did. But, I like the books unpredictable and interesting, so I followed my editor’s advice and took the risk!
Now with all of this said, Ancient Guardians is not over. We have much much much more for our readers!
My best to you all,
S.Morgan.

Ancient Guardians: The Legacy of the KEy, Book 4 updates

Book 4 of the Ancient Guardians series and a new update!

You may just have these two expressions with the news about to give.
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First of all, I can’t thank all of our wonderful readers for being on this amazing journey with me. It’s been unforgettable and I feel as though we are all one big family (along with our fictional family) ❤
After weeks of consideration while we work on Book 4, I’ve decided that in order to deliver the best book possible, I will be pulling what I had from Book 5 into book 4 to complete The Ancient Guardians Series. I honestly feel this will deliver a better book and the best way to end the series.
Now, not to worry too much. The way the series will end will NOT leave anyone hanging or guessing. (Here comes the second expression from RDJ)
I am actually being pulled in a new direction with the Guardians and that is: to write short stories following Levi and Harrison when they first began guarding Earth and their encounters while doing so. (Think of it as a TV series.)
Right now this is where The Ancient Guardians novel series is at. However if Book 4 is turning out to be 300,000 words because we brought Book 5 into it, we’ll be forced to separate the two. I honestly don’t see this happening. So, I hope this is agreeable with all of our readers and I would honestly love your feedback. I’ll keep everyone posted if we change things up and we decide to keep Book 5 as our final book!
My love to you all!!! ❤❤
S.Morgan
A quick thank you to Robert Downey Jr. For having an incredible personality and the ability to display the best facial expressions! :)👍😎 🙂

Book 3, Writing

Detailed review of The Awakening by The Book Whisperers : Pride and Prejudice meets E.T. in a good way!

An AMAZING and beautiful review of Ancient Guardians: The Awakening by The Book Whispers

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Take a gander up there at that beautiful book cover. That’s the portal to Pemdas a realm that’s connected and dependent on Earth. I’ve reviewed S.L. Morgan’s Ancient Guardians books before on The Book Whisperers blog and just like last time I was both overwhelmed with feels and impressed with the beauty of her prose.  If you haven’t liked her fb page you are so missing out. She’s one of those authors that interacts with her readers throughout the entire book writing process. This is, as far as I know, revolutionary for us readers. S.L. Morgan invites us into her home office on a daily basis and shares with us her struggles and triumphs as a writer. This allows us, the readers, to feel a sort of….read the rest of this incredible review here: The Book Whispers

http://thebookwhisperers.blogspot.com/2015/06/pride-and-prejudice-meets-et-in-good-way.html?m=1

My sincerest thanks to The Book Whispers,
S.L. Morgan

Ancient Guardians NEW RELEASES

RELEASE DAY FOR BOOK 3, Ancient Guardians Novel Series!

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       Happy “Official” release day for
  Ancient Guardians: The Awakening!

I want to first of all thank each and everyone of you for your patience with us as we brought this book through grueling edits, revisions, edits, edits & edits!!!! Now, the day has come and we can bring our wonderful readers back to the enchanting dimension of Pemdas! It is my greatest hope that you all enjoy the third book in the Ancient Guardians series!
Currently the eBook is available on Amazon kindle and Barnes & Noble nook! (I’ll have links below)
Due to Smashwords still slowed up on distributing the eBook to our iTunes & Kobo readers, we do have a solution. You can go to smashwords and they will have the proper format to download the eBook today for your devices! Links below!
Amazon Kindle: Click Here
Nook: Click Here
Smashwords: Click Here
Goodreads:
Add it to your shelf, Click here

Welcome back to Pemdas!!! Also,
Don’t forget Harrison Oxley will be taking over my Author S.L. Morgan page at 4pm Pacific Time! He’s ready to party it up with everyone! Hope to see you there!

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