The Akasha Series is a character-driven story. That means that while the plot is clearly important and will (hopefully) always be entertaining, its the characters that really shine. As a reader, I've always connected with stories more when I connect with the characters. Too often characters are lost in overly complex plots or under developed relationships that no one can relate to. The biggest mistake many writers make is trying to direct too much where their characters go. It should be the characters that tell the writer where the story is going, not the writer. If your characters aren't speaking to you, they need more development.
Main Characters of Books I & II of The Akasha Series
The Damuzi Family
Twin number one. Charlie is confident, quick- witted, and brave. She likes to tease her brother regularly and is a good shot with throwing knives. She is also prideful, naive, and sometimes unknowingly cruel. She loves her family, but she craves more. From them, from the world, from herself. Her journey will give her what she wants, but she may not recognize the woman she will become.
She will kill for her brother.
Twin number two. Tirigan is heedful, logical, and (if aliens had such a thing) resides somewhere on the Asperger Spectrum. He loves to climb trees and read. He is also selectively mute. Despite his emotional disability, Charlie's twin brother can be very gentle and kind. While he doesn't often show it, he cares for his family and new friends deeply. His story is an intricate and emotionally draining one. Occasionally reading from Tirigan's perspective instead of Charlie's, offers the reader the opportunity to see and understand things that Charlie can not.
He becomes a murderer on day forty-three.
As the patriarch of the Damuzi family, John is the alien with the lamest human name in existence. He is a third generation immigrant from Eridu. He loves his work, his family, and his home. He finds no need for anything outside of those three things. Unfortunately for them, Charlie inherited John's naivety, and Tirigan absorbed his rationality- but took it to the extreme.
His lies are mostly innocent.
The mother of Charlie and Tirigan is vibrant, creative, and clever . She is wild by nature, but life has pushed her towards the mundane. Her husband finds her adventurous and loving. Her children think she's slightly overprotective, but also incredibly entertaining. She loves photography and has amassed a large collection of her own photos.
Calla’s lies are most definitely not innocent.
Kori & Vi's Family
Kori Lark- Aéras
Kori is incredibly perceptive, extremely generous, and impossibly understanding. The family he grew up with is rather dysfunctional, but the one he has created for himself is picture perfect. He works as a solar energy engineer for The Collective, but has history and deep ties to the Dynami faction. Just like Calla, Kori comes off as someone who will always say and do the right thing.
Perhaps their shared history has something to do with that.
Vi Thames- Neró
Vi is the mother to beat all other mothers. She is attentive to her children, but she hasn't lost herself in them. Her relationship with her significantly younger partner Kori, is stable and strong; their love and respect for one another is readily apparent. Originally from New Cardiff, a small coastal town off the banks of what was once England, she has lived a difficult life. With Kori and her children, however, she has found peace and joy. She owns a shop in town that sells handmade jewelry and clothing.
Like Kori, but for entirely different reasons, she always knows more than she lets on.
Avias Rallidae- Aéras
As the son of Vi and her first partner, Draq, Avias is known for his pretentious responses and sarcasm. He is intelligent, detail oriented, and enjoys playing football (soccer to Americans). He also plays the violin and likes to irritate his sister with his snobbish behavior. He'd be loathe to know his affection for her isn't as hidden as he'd like. When Avias falls in love, it is deep and passionate. It’s forever.
Bo Thames- Fotiá
Bo is the spunky and vivacious daughter of Vi and her first partner Draq. She, her mother, and brother Avias moved from New Cardiff to their home in Southern America with Kor just a few years ago, but they've been living as a family since she was five. Fortunately for her, she doesn't remember Draq as well as Avias. She is constantly trying to prove herself, and is entirely unaware of how exceptional she is. She hasn't chosen her surname yet and still uses a lighter to spark her Fotián power, but with time, Bo will grow into a powerful force not to be reckoned with.
Robin Thames-Lark- Gi
Robin is the first child of Kor and Vi. He is gregarious, daring, and inventive. He enjoys dressing up in his sisters clothing, putting on shows for his family and friends, and learning how to use his powers. Robin has a confusing journey ahead of him, but with the support of his family and friends, he will overcome all the obstacles that await him .
Cyra Thames-Lark- Neró
Cyra, being a toddler, has yet to show her true stripes. So far, she is known to be a giggly, affectionate toddler with a passion for fun. She is too young to have chosen her Tessera name and still goes by the name her parents gave her at birth. Her favorite past time is creating bubbles and breathing under water.
Other Important Characters
Oleander Bois Dentelle- Gi
Oleander is an amiable, unassuming, and sincere young man who has been adopted by Kori and Vi. Best friend of Avias, Oleander attended school with him and moved with Kori and Vi's family when they left New Cardiff. His own parents were absent or ill-fit and were more than willing to let him go. Oleander easily adapts to any situation he’s in, and is typically very well liked. He enjoys drinking mind-altering tea to bring him closer to his first love, the earth, and copying paintings he finds in old Art History textbooks. Usually not at the same time.
Calor Amaryllis- Fotiá
Calor is the second son of a widowed man who belongs to the Efforos faction. His older and domineering brother, Luc, is introduced in the second book. Calor is stubborn, courageous, and loyal, but he is beginning to buckle under the pressure of his family's expectations. He has only fallen in love once and still hasn't recovered from his broken heart.
Charlie and Tirigan meet Finn at the train station along their travels. Finn comes across as an affable extrovert, seemingly always happy. As a mere acquaintance of Charlie’s, we don’t get to know Finn very well in the first two books. That will change with the release of Captive: An Akasha Series Character Profile. This novella will focus on Finn and will be released Fall 2019.