Leap Into the Knight
by MJ Schiller 
M.J. Schiller shares details about the creation of Sir Darius
Lee in the book Leap Into The Knight.
Title Leap Into The Knight
Genre sci-fi romance
Author M.J. Schiller
Book heat level (based on movie ratings): PG13
Sir Darius Lee is a Knight of the High Order.
But when Darius discovers a stranger in his room in the middle
of the night, and the intruder turns out to be a beautiful woman, he begins to question
how he is meant to live his life.
Princess Megan of Bethyea is being held captive.
But when two knights help her to escape and bring her back to
her home planet, she finds the home she knew no longer exists.
When The Council of Twelve questions Darius about his relationship
with Maggie, she tries to flee from The Academy of the High Order to prevent him
from losing his knighthood.
Will Darius and Orion find Maggie before she leaves Albion? And
if they do, how can they face the decision of The Council? And what about the feelings
Orion has developed for the princess?

Introducing Sir Darius Lee

Name: Sir Darius Lee
Age: 26
Gender: M
Birthplace: Albion
Profession: Knight of the High Order
Ethnicity/Species (if not human): human
Describe his/her body build, skin tone, height and weight. Include
any unique features such as dimples, freckles, or scars: Six-foot-four, lean, muscular,
fair skinned, long, brown hair that he often pulls back and secures with a strip
of leather. Strong features, cheek bones, jaw, nose.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
Princess Megan of Bethyea
How does your hero dress?
Simply. Browns that are able to act as camouflage if necessary.
A loose fitting shirt for mobility and sturdy travel cloak that can also serve as
a blanket or pillow.
If you could only hear
this character’s voice (but not see him) what characteristic would identify him?
He has a deep, soothing voice. Confident and calm.
Is the character book-smart,
self-taught, widely-experienced?
All of the above. He studied at the Academy, but has learned
much through his travels throughout the galaxy.
Does he scrape by, live comfortably, live extravagantly?
Knights are taught to live simply, but he is also comfortable
in extravagant surroundings, often having to deal with diplomats and high-ranking
officials.
What is your character’s
viewpoint on wealth?
It is of little consequence.
On what special skills
does your character rely?
His wit. His fighting skills. His steady moral compass.
What is your character’s family like?
He remembers very little about his family as he was dropped off
at the Academy at a very young age.
How do others perceive
your character based upon looks, and is this assumption accurate?
Because he is extremely tall, he might be seen as imposing. But,
while he can be a fierce fighter, he is really a kind and gentle man who is fair
and understanding.
Does your character care
about what others assume about him?
To a degree. He would not want people to be intimidated by him…unless
the situation warranted it.
Can your hero keep a secret
(why or why not)?
As a Knight of the High Order he often has to keep information
secret due to the nature of his missions. Besides, he would feel no need to gossip.
He is mostly a quiet man.
What inner doubt causes
your character the most difficulty?
He really has no inner doubts until he meets Maggie. His feelings
for her confuse him at the beginning, but once he has come to terms with them, he
is as resolute in his love for her as he has been about anything in his life.
When (if) he lies or is
upset, what gives him away?
It is very easy to tell when he is upset because that inner calm
that usually exudes from him is missing.

About Your Writer

To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer the following
questions.

Why do you think your
writer chose to write about you?
She has a fascination for space travel and the concept of being
a knight.
What do you wish your
writer had not told others about you?
I really have nothing that I an unwilling to share about myself.
What other character from
your book do you think your writer should write a book about, and why?
I think Amar would be a fascinating topic because he likes to
live in the grey areas of life, skimming just along the borderline of what is legal
and what is not.
Why do you think your
writer loves to write?
Hmm…I’m guessing that writing could be a soothing activity. I
seldom have time for it myself.
Is there anything you’d
like to say to your writer?
I’d like to hear more stories about knights and how they handle
the unusual circumstances that come their way.

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Author Bio

MJ is a lunch lady in the heart of Central Illinois. My gosh!
Can you get more folksy than that? She met her husband at the University of Missouri-Columbia
and now she has a twenty-year-old (how did that happen?) and eighteen year old triplets!
She loves to read, karaoke (where she can pretend she is a rock star) and spends
WAY too much time on Facebook. She grew up in St. Louis and still has family there.

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