I Hear Voices In My Head, They Talk To Me

Welcome to the second day of the I'm Hearing Voices! Character Blogfest.

Once again, thank you to everyone who read Monday's entry, and left a comment. And welcome to my new followers. Great to have you here.

Additional thanks, once more, to Cassie Mae and Angie for hosting the blog fest.

Okay, now on with business …

As I did on Monday I'm 'cheating' a little and doing the challenge for all three of my main protagonists as it seems really unfair to leave out any of my girls. ;)

Today they'll be making introductions with their respective love interests. Enjoy.

"Hi … erm, it's Maggie here. Thanks for all your lovely comments on my interview on Monday. It was great to meet you all. Today I'd like to introduce you to my friend, Quinn."

"Hello everyone."

"Quinn is a member of my grandmother's coven, and he can summon any animal he's studied the biology of. Personally, I find that fascinating. His most frequent summon is a cat named Boots, that's taken up residence on my bed."

"Not that I can really blame Boots. Maggie is fantastic. She's the first telepathic witch I've met, and some of the things she can do with her mind astounds me."

"Oh, you're just saying that to be nice in front of all these people. I'm nothing special really. At least not compared to the other members of the coven."

"No one has helped me study the anatomy of wolves like you have, Maggie."

"That's what we've been doing recently. Quinn wants to learn how to summon a wolf in case we ever get into a fight."

"Plus they're amazingly loyal animals."

"Quinn and I have a lot in common. For starters we both wear glasses, and we both enjoy reading factual books. Having him around to distract me has taken my mind off losing my parents."

"I'm glad I've been able to support you. And having Maggie here had made me strive to be better. I want my own powers to match hers. Then we can fight the Champions together, and gain freedom for all witches."

"That would be ideal. We're running out of time now, and Grams is calling us for dinner. Thanks for listening and please stick around to hear what my sisters have to say."


"Hey. I'm Sebastian, and I'm here to introduce Esmee today. The first thing I noticed about Esmee – aside from the fact she was saving my life at the time – was her kind face. I'll never forget the sight of it, brows furrowed in concentration, as she healed me."

"It was the least I could do, really. You had just saved us from your crazed work college. Not what I would have expected a Champion to do, however."

"Former Champion, actually."

"Oh yes. Sebastian has turned his back on the Champions and joined my grandmother's coven."

"Well, I did sort of feel I owed you."

"It was strange at first, accepting someone who is meant to fight against witches. But Sebastian has shown his true loyalty since then."

"Meeting Esmee, her grandmother and sisters just proved to me that the Champions' view of witches is wrong. Esmee isn't a power mad monster, she's just a regular girl. Only she can heal people, and sense their emotions."

"Yeah. Completely regular. About as normal as wielding a whip that nullifies witches powers'."

"It has it's uses, you'll see."

"I'm sure it will have, just as long as you never have to use that thing on me."

"Only if you ask me nicely!"

"Seb! That's not what I meant and you know it!"

"Sorry. I'd never dream of it, really."

"Good to hear. Okay, we should go now, and see what Grams as cooked us for dinner. I'll leave you with Nola and her girlfriend."


"I can't believe I've been roped into doing another of these things. Weren't those stupid questions on Monday enough? Well, at least I have Naima with me today. And let me tell you, Naima is gorgeous. I'm talking hot! Long black hair, dark eyes and bronzed skin. A real Arabian beauty."

"Oh, Nola. You flatterer. Nola and I have known each other for years, but we've only recently discovered we're both witches. It's been good to reconnect with Nola again, and now that she's no longer with that controlling bitch Geri, I've finally been able to reveal my true feelings."

"I can still hardly believe someone like Naima would be interested in someone like me. For as long as I've known Naima, I've admired her from afar. She's perfect. Powerful, too. She can generate tiny balls of energy, almost like miniature fireworks."

"That's nothing compared to what Nola does. Moving things with your mind is way cooler than generating fireworks."

"Whatever! You're way more experienced at this magic stuff than I am. You've known you're a witch since you were ten."

"Nola only found out about her powers recently, when they manifested in an alarming way. It all worked out in the end though, and it helped her to find her long lost sisters."

"Yeah, the very same sisters that didn't even bother looking for me for eighteen years. But I have you in my life again now, and that's all that matters."


  1. Your characters are so distinct. Very good exercise on getting to know them. Good job.

  2. Wow, 3 separate convos! Nice. I have a soft spot for witches.

  3. Cool stuff! I am a big Maggie/Quinn fan already!

  4. Clare--I love the distinct voices you have going on here. Well done :) Love the guys!

  5. Thanks for everyone for stopping by and leaving a comment. I really appreciate the support. And I'm glad to hear you're still liking my girls, and finding their voices distinct.

  6. Good job establishing distinct voices. I feel like I got to know each one individually. Nice!

  7. Thank you for stopping by and commenting, Emily. Glad to hear you felt like you got to know each one individually. :D

  8. You're so great with all three (now six) of them again. I can tell you've got a strong cast of characters and really know how to write for each of them :)

  9. Thanks for dropping by and commenting, Cassie. I appreciate the compliment that it seems like I've got a strong cast of characters. I must be doing something right. ;)

  10. You seem to know your characters really well. And you did three!

  11. I like that you have a very different voice for each character. Well done - new follower :)

  12. Wow! You sure can balance a lot of characters! Great job!

  13. This exercise is so useful in getting to know one's characters...great job on the dialog!

    And congratulations on making the most perceptive comment on my post--you were absolutely right :)

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  14. In such a short time, I feel like I know these guys. Great job!

    *New Follower!* So nice to *meet* you!

  15. You're voice is really your strongest part I've seen here so far, but most of the other commenters have probably said as much. If you have as much going for your plot, pacing, etc. as you do your voice, you're sitting on something good. Thanks for sharing.

  16. Clarissa, Tasha, Ashley, Damyanti, Kelley and Justin thank you all for dropping by and leaving comments. Your words of encouragement are really appreciated, and I'm glad you liked my characters and their voices so much.

    Damyanti, you did wonderfully on your dialogue exchange and create such and uneasy and tension filled feeling, akin to what you see in horror movies.

    Tasha and Kelley, thanks for the follows, also. :)

    Justin, I'm very flattered that is a massive compliment, and I hope the other aspects of my novel live up to the high praise you gave my voice. :)

  17. Hey Clare!
    Thanks for joining the A to Z Challenge. I'm one of the co-hosts, so if you have any questions, just ask.

  18. Hey Alex! Thanks for having me! And no questions thus far, but I'll keep you in mind if I do have any. :D


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