So one of my dear friends from High School (and inspiration for the character of Hotara) is going through Volocio. She has an English degree and studied publishing laws. She’s awesome and I’m ever appreciative of her feedback. She’s been sending me several e-mails over the last few days with positive reviews….but then again, she has admitted to being an unbiased reader. 😛
This lead me to remember how Hotara came to be where she is as a character:
When I first started to write Volocio (which was called So It Begins at the time), I originally had all thirteen Volocio die and be reborn. Imagine that. Thirteen characters, each with their own plot lines. Yeah, I couldn’t do it. When it came down to the re-write, I had to make an awful decision: cut characters.
I couldn’t do it. I loved those characters, but I didn’t know what to do with them. Then I came to the decision that I didn’t have to cut them, just change their roles. Hotara is no different. I’m not gonna say what she was before…or what her role is now, but she will play a bigger part in the story to come. I’m glad that I made her Rei’s mother. You may not know her now, but trust me. She. Is. Awesome. 🙂