Kick Ass Girls of YA Events

Libby Heily

I’ve had to keep this under wraps for nearly two months. For the record, I am not good at keeping secrets. I have to regularly warn friends not to tell me anything in confidence. It’s embarrassing. And yet, I’ve managed to keep this one!


I’m excited to announce that my publisher for Welcome to Sortilege Falls is hosting a series of events in April to celebrate strong female characters in young adult fiction. Strength comes in many forms. We’re not only celebrating the super girls who are able to slay dragons or defeat alien invaders (though we love them and will definitely gush over them), but also those who possess a quiet strength that often goes unnoticed: the girl who stands up for her friends, the girl who has the inner strength to walk away from a bad relationship, the confident girl who works hard to make a better life for herself.

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Know Your Characters with Beautiful People

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Beautiful People is a writing blog meme, each month they post questions for writers to answer about your characters. I shall answer the questions for my current main character, Clara Marsters.

What’s their favourite book/movie/play/etc.?
Four main movies: 10 Things I Hate About You, Just Friends, Project A and Sailor Moon R

Is there anything they regret doing?
Yes, saying it would spoil part of the book though. To make it vague, she regrets how a certain person got pulled into her chaos.

If they were sick or wounded, who would take care of them and how?
Both Alex and Klancy would help her. Alex would do anything he can with what’s available, and Klancy would probably use magic.

Is there an object they can’t bear to part with and why?
Her sketchbook and tarot cards.

What are 5 ways to win their heart (or friendship)?
Be brave, honest, loyal, give her your respect and go to the same lengths she would for you.

Describe a typical outfit for them from top to bottom.
Plain or graphic blue, black or red tees and blue jeans.

What’s their favorite type of weather?
Sunny with some clouds and a nice, light breeze.

What’s the worst fight they’ve ever been in?
She gets into various fights in the first book and even more in the next one (soon to be released) Going from the first one, the long fight as they try to get to Vex is probably the worst.

What names or nicknames have they been called throughout their life?
Alex always calls her Clary, but he’s the only one. Felix has also taken a liking to calling her Kitten.

What makes their heart feel alive?
Drawing, anime, everything otaku, Alex, Klancy and her tarot cards.

Hope you enjoyed learning more about Clara. Why not try out Beautiful People for yourself? Head over to check out more Beautiful People answers.

Major Arcana Tarot Cards – Short Description

I did quite a bit of research on tarot cards before, and in the process of writing my book. Technically, I was trying to learn about the cards well before even wanting to write about them. In the end, I still tried to boil each down to only a few words and played with more literal meanings as well.

Fool – New beginnings, innocence, openness.
Magician – Action, manifestation, elements.
High Priestess – Intuition, wisdom, mystery.
Empress – Motherhood, compassion, abundance.
Emperor – Authority, virility, structure.
Hierophant – Tradition, learning, organized.
Lovers – Choice, connection, commitment.
Chariot – Will, ambition, self-discipline.
Strength – Control, courage, power.
Hermit – Solitude, guidance, hidden truths.
Wheel of Fortune – Change, karma, chance.
Justice – Balance, fair, law.
Hanged Man – Sacrifice, suspension, enlightenment.
Death – Endings, transformation, separation.
Temperance – Moderation, co-operation, patience.
Devil – Temptation, bondage, helplessness.
Tower – Sudden change, ruin, upheaval.
Star – Hope, wishes, renewal.
Moon – Illusions, caution, dreams.
Sun – Illumination, contentment, optimism.
Judgement – Revelation, spiritual awakening, rebirth.
World – Completion, freedom, conjunction.

Ask Your Characters – Part 3

More questions for your characters. Can you answer them all?

  1. Have the travelled?
  2. How do they express discontent?
  3. What would it take for them to betray their friends?
  4. Do they believe in fate?
  5. Where do they live?
  6. What are they scared of?
  7. What’s their biggest regret?
  8. Do they play any sports?
  9. What motto do they live by?
  10. Who do they admire?

Ask Your Characters – Part 2

Get to know your characters better by asking them questions. Can you answer them all?

  1. What would their Halloween costume be?
  2. What’s their best and worst trait?
  3. Do they have any dreams?
  4. What inspires them?
  5. What three things can they not live without?
  6. Have they saved anyone?
  7. Do they have a favourite film or book?
  8. What’s the nicest thing they’ve ever done?
  9. Do they have any phobias?
  10. Do they believe in the afterlife?

Ask Your Characters – Part 1

One of the best ways to get to know your characters, is to ask them questions. Can you answer all the questions for your main character?

  1. What’s the cruellest thing they’ve ever done?
  2. What’s their favourite childhood memory?
  3. Do they drive? If so, do they own their own vehicle, and what is it?
  4. Do they have any bad habits?
  5. Do they have trust issues?
  6. Who are they closest with and how did they first meet?
  7. Are they more prone to flight or fight responses?
  8. Do they have any dark secrets?
  9. How do they spend their spare time?
  10. What’s their worst nightmare?


I need to learn to write down more from my daydreaming. There are so many ideas always swimming around.

“Novels begin not on the page, but in meditation and daydreaming—in thinking, not writing.”
—Joyce Carol Oates

“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.” —Neil Gaiman