Here I am, halfway through editing Hidden in Sealskin and I have a confession to make:
Adren is a jerk.
She is easily the most flawed character I’ve ever written. She’s distrustful, purposefully tactless, bitter, blind to anything that would contradict her views, a holder of rigid moral double-standards, and bigoted.
So why the heck am I writing a series about her? Why the heck am I even writing one book about her?
It’s not because I think evil characters are more interesting than good characters.
It’s not because I think that, the more flaws a character has, the more relatable they become.
Rather, it’s how her better qualities have gained my respect. If you’re on her good side, she’s loyal, selfless, honest (regardless of what others will think), caring, compassionate, someone who always does what she thinks is right, and confident.
If you were ever to hurt one of her friends, run. Run like hell. If you were the friend who was hurt, she would do everything in her power to make sure you’re healed, in whatever way you need it, and she will not rest until the deed is done.
Adren’s good qualities don’t get anywhere near the kind of attention her bad ones do in Hidden in Sealskin. There are hints of them, often more than hints, and they are ultimately what motivates her through the entire story.
Perhaps the ending will bring those admirable qualities more into the light, or perhaps not. Regardless, one thing I do know is this: Adren spends so much time helping others to heal that I want her to find healing, too.
Because she’s in a lot of pain. More than you’ll know in the first book, although it shows you some, and far, far more than she knows.
It’s going to be quite the ride.