Huzzah! The first post about a character from Ronos Part 1: Catalyst. If I had known I was going to do this A to Z challenge I would have given my protagonist a name that started with ‘A’ so that I could tell everyone about him right away.
‘J’ is for Jace Michaels. He is not the protagonist but he is a very important secondary character and certainly the most mysterious.
Friend of Foe?
Is Jace a good guy or a bad guy? Hard to say. The more you get to know him the more mysterious he gets. He certainly starts out very antagonistic but in the very next chapter he save the protagonist.
As Jace and the protagonist work together we learn things about Jace that will make you raise your eyebrow. When my test audience was reading this book they thought I had made a mistake because they thought they knew what Jace was all about. They didn’t. It wasn’t a mistake.
There is more going on with this character than you think.
I’m the kind of writer where I leave the reader asking questions to keep them reading. Jace is one of my favourite sources of these questions. He will be one of the reasons you keep reading The Ronos Trilogy…if he survives to the next book.
Who is he?
Guess what? I hate describing what my characters look like. It is one of the least interesting things that I write about. Besides naming characters, describing them is the worst. I don’t care what they look like, I just care what they do and why they do it.
Even when I read books I don’t pay a lot of attention to how the characters are described. Do I need to be able to know exactly what Katniss looks like to enjoy The Hunger Games? I don’t but most people like to know these things so I have to describe characters to make my audience happy.
If it makes any difference to you, Jace is a tall thin guy with orange hair. The orange hair conceals his age. If he had black hair he would have gone grey by the time Catalyst starts. The only other evidence of his middle age is the crows feet around his eyes.
Jace works for in intelligence division of Earth’s military. If you remember my post from yesterday that means he has to have an Imp. Everyone in the military has an Imp. His rank is Major. There is a new ranking system in the future. I’ll let you know what it is in a later post.
He grew up being a bit of an adrenaline junky. The people he hung around with would steal shuttles for fun and later moved on to bigger and more serious crimes. Jace decided that wasn’t the life for him and before he got caught up in a life of crime decided to join the military for a legal way to get his adrenaline fix. Most adrenaline rushes come from risking death, right?
He makes his first appearance in Catalyst in chapter 3.
How much do you pay attention?
This has nothing to do with Jace. I just want to know how important characters physical descriptions are to you as a reader? Is a poor description a deal breaker for you? What is the best character description you’ve read? What is the worst?
Post your answers in the comments.