Fun fact! All of the main characters in my novel, “Inspired” – (coming in all its awesome re-release glory on March 13th!) – and it’s all-new sequel, “Out of My Head”, were deliberately based off of someone else. Annabelle Gray is totally me. Her parents and sisters are essentially mine. And her characters? Well, a couple of them have yet to attain final-form stories of their own. (Sorry, guys behind Uri and Abishan! Maybe someday. I shall try.) But as for the rest, if you’ve been keeping up with the Deshipley bibliography, you’ve met them before.
And just how do these inspiration characters feel about what I made of them in the “Inspired” novels? According to Annabelle, there’d be only one surefire way to find out: A character questionnaire. So everybody give it up for my featured museling of the day!
Name and Occupation: Will Scarlet – swordsman, entertainer, legendary rogue
As Featured In…: The Outlaws of Avalon
“Inspired” Counterpart*: Mach Jenius, brainstorm
*(…Though he doesn’t actually show up until “Out of My Head”)
How Do You Feel You and Mach Are Most Similar?: “Easy,” Will declares. “We’re both ideas guys with, like, pretty much no ‘off’ button. We’ll try anything once – twice, if it’s the fun thing to do. If there’s a Lute/Luc character, they’ve got problems with us. And we’re cute as hell, and super supportive of our little artist friends.”
Most Different?: “Lucky son of an art attack can shapeshift. You don’t see me with any such cool superpowers – although I have proven impressively difficult to kill and keep dead.”
Favorite Part of the Book?: “Ooooh, tough call. Part of me wants to say the chapter where Mach and Annabelle go for a moonwalk, because watching them together just gets me right in the feels. But I gotta give it to the early scenes where The Guys fly out of Annabelle’s head and have to navigate not only her plane of reality, but her family.” Will cracks up laughing at the remembrance. “The whole thing is gold – this bit especially.”
“Can I get you guys something to drink?”
“Thank you, but we don’t wish to be a bother,” Wilbur said.
“Hmm,” said Dallas, stating clearly enough how much of a bother she viewed the whole world as being, at the moment.
“I’ll take a lemonade, if you’ve got some,” Uri volunteered.
“Fries with that?” Dallas asked flatly.
“If you’ve got those.”
Her soft mouth’s hard line at a downward slant, Dallas turned to go back upstairs. “I’m not making fries,” she tossed behind her.
“Somebody making fries?” Callie’s voice blared from above.
“No one is making fries,” Dallas bellowed back.
“Girl, you better make me some fries! My sister’s in the hospital! I’m too mad, right now!”
“I just…” a still-sniggering Will wipes his eyes. “It’s terrible your sisters will probably never read the novel, because their caricatures are everything.”
Favorite Character Besides “Yourself”?: “Oh, rude. I was gonna say me. But since I can’t, it’ll be Annabelle. Don’t look surprised, author! You know what you mean to me, and what it by extension has to mean to share a story with you, even if neither of us is exactly us. It’s magic. We’re magic. Go team.”
Thanks for your time, Will! And readers, stay tuned for the release of the “Inspired” novels … one week from today*!
*…Although you can totally preorder the ebooks right now!
Got any more questions for Will Scarlet or his author regarding “Inspired”? Ask away in the comments!