Friday, May 25, 2012

Character Creation: Laira Conlan

Writing an intriguing character - character creation: Laira Conlan

This deals with my science fiction/science fantasy eBook -  The Freelancer Chronicles Vol 1: Apex Predators

Laira is the youngest of the three main protagonists of the first book. She has an incredible intellect, a strong willpower and the daring to accomplish her ideas. However she lacks wisdom and experience which means that sometimes her plans work out too well in the short run to just fall apart in the long run.

Laira is also the youngest of the three Conlan siblings (which include Riana and Joachim).

When we first encounter her she is a student at the Chan Quan Shaolin Kung Fu Academy yet she has her parents and their nanny bot 3-I's fooled into believing that she was attending a school for law. The challenge was that her nanny bot was always with her. Laira modified her droid and gave it two new and distinct intellects which were Splicer and Dealer. Dealer's job was to be her confident and partner in crime (so to speak) and Splicer's job was to constantly fool 3-I's by looping and modifying a memory from the only day that Laira attended the law school.

Laira's modifications on 3-I's sparks new heights of intelligence and emotions in her droid including fear.

Writing the scenes in it with Laira come with a natural flow and rhythm  to them. She's an extreme martial artist who has studied various martial arts forms, who is part genius and part goth girl. The martial arts maneuvers and techniques she uses and practices are completely real and can be found in books such as this one, and this one, and this one. She also uses techniques and methods which I have learned throughout my own life. I am no master, but I hope I can write Laira as finally becoming one in the next upcoming books.

Despite everything which happens in the first novel and Laira's intellect, she is still just a kid trying to figure things out.


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