Ryan Toxopeus nominated me to participate in the Meet My Character Blog Tour, and lo, after weeks of procrastination, here it is.
Meet Allin Arcady
1) What is the name of your character? Â Is he fictional or a historic person?
Allin Arcady. Heâ€™s fictional but part of a grand future history I have planned. (I can’t resist future histories. Cherryh. Asimov. Heinlein. Niven. I love it when an author’s many and varied works share a universe and timeline.)
2) When and where is the story set?
The Only City Left is set on the planet Earth, tens of thousands of years in the future. At this point, the planet has been paved over, dug out, and built up to the point where it is one giant, hive-like city that completely covers the planet. Oceans still exist beneath the city, and some towns and cities were swallowed whole, especially if they had some historical value, but from the outside the Earth would be unrecognizable to a visitor from our time.
They might recognize the Moon though, still orbiting the Earth as it always has.
The city called Earth is largely empty now. No one knows where the majority of the populationÂ went, but there are many rumors as to why they disappeared. All agree that it must have happened a long time ago.
3) What should we know about him?
Allin has survived on his own in the depths of the City for the past three years. Before that, he lived with his parents as a nomad, always moving throughout the City, never settling down. Heâ€™s used to scavenging old tech to create new devices to help him survive his often-perilous journey.
4) What is the main conflict? What messes up his life?
Allinâ€™s running from the horrors of his past. He thinks if he can climb out of the dark depths of the City and see the Sun rise over the Roof of the World, heâ€™ll have accomplished all he can hope for in life. Unfortunately, making his way up through the deadly maze of the City is not easy, and it becomes even harder when a menace from his parentsâ€™ past comes calling. Allin may want to be rid of his past, but itâ€™s not going to let go that easily.
5) What is the personal goal of the character?
To survive and to see the Sun for once in his dark, dreary life.
6) Is there a working title for this novel, and can we read more about it?
7) When can we expect the book to be published?
The Only City Left is currently available on Amazon in Kindle and paperback formats. I’m currently at work on the sequel, The Fifth House.