I am delighted to be hosting L. G, Keltner for the blog tour for her new release, A Silent Soliloquy.
I’d like to start by thanking Diana for allowing me to stop by her blog today. I’m happy to be here! While I’m here, I’d like to talk about how I see my main characters, and what I envisioned for the cover and how it came about.
Words can paint a stunning picture, but it’s up to the reader to make that picture come to life through their reading. The physical description of a character on a page, no matter how detailed, is simply an outline for the reader’s imagination to fill in. How much they make use of your descriptions in their visualization is entirely up to them, and as a result, every reader is bound to have a different idea about what your characters look like. That being said, as I was writing, I did have a specific idea of what my characters looked like. I visualized TIPPIE as being built like River from Firefly, except with natural dirty blond hair. Of course, she frequently changes her hair color for various missions, so that is not a terribly important aspect of her character. David is in his mid-twenties and has black hair and green eyes. I didn’t necessarily want to picture him as any one actor while I was writing him, because I wanted him to look like any guy you might normally see. When he was in high school, he would have been one of the guys his classmates considered cute, even handsome, but still relatively normal. Some muscle tone, but not overly done. You know what I’m talking about. During the time our story actually takes place, he’s scrawny. Almost skeletal. Just looking at him, you can tell he’s had it rough.
Writing descriptions may be something I can somewhat pull off, but I knew from the beginning I couldn’t do the cover art on my own. I needed someone else to help me in that department. When I first envisioned the cover, the bloody flower was there. However, I envisioned it in many locations. One idea involved it lying crushed on the pavement beside someone’s boot. Another had it lying in the palm of someone’s hand. I also envisioned it in the garden where it grows in the story. The only truly important thing to me, however, was that the flower be there. To me, it’s an important symbol in the story. This fact was passed on to the artist, who sent an initial sketch of the flower. I was in love. The following week, I had the completed image, and I loved it. The most important thing I wanted from the cover came through beautifully.
Title: A Silent Soliloquy
Author: L.G. Keltner
Genre: Science Fiction/Dystopian
Length: 28,000 words
Cover Art: Devross
Release Date: July 6th, 2015
TIPPIE was created to be a weapon. By all appearances, she’s an ordinary girl of 18, and she uses that to her advantage in her work for The Facility. What no one sees is that there’s another girl buried deep inside. She can’t speak or control the movements of the body she inhabits. As TIPPIE’s silent passenger, she can only observe. She uses the details she learns from TIPPIE’s work to reconstruct the stories of other people’s lives. It helps her feel a little more connected to the world she can only watch.
When TIPPIE’s work leads her to David, a young man with a haunted past and information that The Facility wants, TIPPIE uses her skills to earn his trust. The silent girl beneath the surface knows that TIPPIE is only going to hurt him, but she can’t help but feel for him. Those feelings only grow, but she knows all too well that TIPPIE’s work will soon come to an end.
L.G. Keltner spends most of her time trying to write while also cleaning up after her crazy but wonderful kids and hanging out with her husband. Her favorite genre of all time is science fiction, and she’s been trying to write novels since the age of six. Needless to say, those earliest attempts weren’t all that good.
Her non-writing hobbies include astronomy and playing Trivial Pursuit.