Birthplace: Regor Island, in the Morvann archipelago, off the coast of west Wales, UK
Ethnicity: In human shape, white Caucasian.
Species (for scifi/fantasy characters): Shape-shifting merman.
Please provide a physical description of your character.
In his merman, or aquatic, shape, Rob looks a bit like a dolphin. He has black skin and webbed hands and feet. He also has a foot-long, flexible tail. But not a fish tail! Mermen are one hundred per cent hot-blooded mammals. In human shape he is tall and muscular, with black hair, tanned skin, and eyes that look black from a distance but are actually midnight blue.
Please tell us a little about your character.
Rob is tender and sensual, brave and caring. He is a bit of a rebel, he wants to be loyal to his father and Clan, but can’t help feeling attracted to the human world. He is a talented singer, and composes beautiful mermen songs. Once he falls in love with Charlie, the heroine, that’s it – she’s the one, there’s no doubt about it, and he will risk anything to protect her.
Who is the significant other in your character’s life?
He meets Charlie, a beautiful, sexy, spunky environmental activist, when he has to arrest her. He can’t stop himself from falling for her, even though she’s on the other side of the law, and she’s human – mermen of his Clan are completely forbidden from having relationships with human women.
How does Rob dress?
Rob is a policeman, so he wears his uniform when on duty. Off duty, he likes casual clothes, jeans and T-shirt. Regor mermen spend most of their time in their aquatic shape, so he’s not used to wearing human clothes. He finds them restrictive, especially his uniform.
What special skills does Rob rely on?
Rob is a shape shifting merman, he can move between the human world and the sea world. In aquatic shape, he can talk to sea mammals, swim as well as any dolphin, and stay underwater for as long as whale. Like them he uses echolocation to orientate himself, and communicate at a distance with other mermen. Rob is a talented musician and singer, he composes beautiful songs in the mermen language of musical clicks and whistles. In human shape, he’s a fantastic swimmer.
What is Rob’s family like?
Rob’s mother died when he was very young, he doesn’t really remember her. He has a good relationship with his two elder brothers, Rhodri and Rhun, but he is afraid of his father, Rhys, head of the Regor Clan. Rhys hates humans, and has a fearsome temper.
Does Rob see morality as black-and-white, or with shades of gray?
Rob was brought up to see things in black and white. Good or bad, human or merman. And human = bad, merman = good. But now that Rob is living among humans, he is discovering that things are not so simple.
What inner doubt causes Rob the most difficulty?
Rob’s father sent him to the mainland to spy on humans. Becoming a cop was the perfect cover, or so Rob thought. But the more time he spends with humans, the more he likes them. He is increasingly torn between his loyalty to his Clan, and his attraction to the human world.
What past event causes Rob the most fear?
When Rob broke the Clan’s laws by going to a human music and poetry festival, his father punished him by imprisoning him in an undersea dungeon for 3 days. Rob was only 15 years old at the time. Rob has very bad memories of his time in prison, and he is afraid of what his father might do to him if he disobeys him. Most of all, he fears what his father might do to Charlie, if he learns that Rob is in a relationship with her.
About Your Writer: Questions for your character to answer about you.
To honor the person who chose to share your story, please answer at least four of these questions. Questions with more than one point should be considered one question. You may answer as many more as you like.
Was there anything your writer discovered about you that was a surprise to one or both of you?
My writer was surprised to discover how much I love music and poetry, both the human and the merman kinds. She hadn’t planned for me to be an artist!
Why do you think your writer loves to write?
It’s more fun than preparing presentations and telling people about company policies. Although rather less well paid.
What other character from your book do you think your writer should write a book about? Care to tell us why?
I think my writer should write about Caltha Dooran. She is the leader of all the Clans, and the feistiest mermaid on the Morvanns. She’s a great character, properly kick-ass. I wonder what kind of man could tame her!
Is there anything you’d like to say to your writer?
Don’t give up on your dream.
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Alice Renaud was born and brought up in Brittany, Western France, her father was French and her mother British (from Wales). She moved to London, UK, in 1997, where she now lives with her husband and son. She works full time as a compliance specialist in a pharmaceutical company. She has been writing in her free time since she was 14. She got quite a few short stories published in UK magazines, before moving to longer fiction. She wrote three contemporary romance books, but didn’t find a publisher for them. She then realized that mermen, sea witches, and time travelling warlocks were a lot more fun than sheikhs and billionaires! Her first two paranormal romances did not find a publisher either, then she wrote A Merman’s Choice, which was published in January this year by Black Velvet Seductions. It is the first book in the Sea of Love series, a fantasy romance trilogy inspired by the landscapes and legends of Brittany and Wales. She loves reading and writing stories, and sharing them with anyone who’s interested!
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