Last week I had an interview with author Moira McPartlin this week she’s written a post about her favourite character to write.
This second thrilling volume of the Sun Song trilogy takes Sorlie to the floodlands of southern Esperaneo to discover that family, love and resilience can triumph against even the harshest regime.
Escaping from the penal colony on Black Rock, Sorlie joins his grandmother Vanora’s revolutionary army, expecting to find freedom. Instead he finds murder and mayhem. With her army in disarray and her network of supporters disappearing, Vanora chooses Sorlie to become her warrior. When Vanora is kidnapped, Sorlie becomes injured and marooned in the strange reservation of Steadie where old people and specials are hidden and protected from The State. But these outcasts are not the only secrets Steadie keeps.
Why is Sorlie kept drugged for over a week? What are their links to The Blue Pearl Society? Why are they so wary of the Noiri black marketeers? And who is The Prince everyone is whispering about? The Sun Song trilogy explores life in a futuristic, post-apocalyptic Britain where society’s norms have broken down and life has to be lived differently.
Wants of the Silent is the second book in the Sun Song Trilogy. In Book #1, Ways of the Doomed many of the characters survived to see another day and I carried them forward into this next journey. But I also wanted to introduce some fresh voices. I created three new main characters, Reinya, a fiery fourteen year old girl; Harkin, a seventeen year old healer and my favourite Dawdle, a Noiri (Black Market) operative who is ‘wired for profit’. He is cheery and street wise and speaks in a Fife accent and he always seems to show up at the right time. Because the world in Wants of the Silent is partially flooded, Dawdle’s main form of transport is a mini submarine called Peedle. He loves Peedle despite the fact the sub is a heap of junk that breaks down at the slightest hint of trouble.
Dawdle appears early on in the book and has an immediate impact on Ishbel and Sorlie, the main protagonists in the trilogy. They obviously have a past and that is explored throughout the book, but Dawdle has an even deeper past. In the later stages of the book both Ishbel and Sorlie see lash marks on Dawdle’s back and they immediately know that this man has more to him than meets the eye.
When I created Dawdle I wanted him to appear on the surface very simple and motivated only by money, but below that surface I wanted him to be more complex – there is a reason behind his behaviour. He can be callous and hard but he has a gentler side. He shows great patience with the troubled and fiery Reinya and she responds to that kindness. The most fun I had with Dawdle was to have him fall in love with Ishbel. It is easy to fall in love with her, but for Dawdle it conflicts with many of his motives in life and leads to a constant struggle for him.
I have never had any feedback from readers on how they perceive Dawdle. He is definitely fun to write but his complexity make him someone hard to trust.
I am a Scot with Irish roots. Although born in the Scottish Borders I was brought up in a small Fife mining village. I resigned from a finance role in Shell Oil in 2005 to concentrate on writing. I am a very youthful granny to three lovely children. In my spare time I garden, play guitar and whistle and try to get out on the hills when I can but find since compleating my Munros in 2006 other things take priority. I live in Stirling with my husband Colin.