He’s just trouble but I like him!: The Creation of Bran
Bran is (perhaps strangely) one of my favorite characters in Weather Witch and, when you realize what his job description truly is, you’ll probably balk about my feelings for him–at least until you read him and think about things a bit. Bran is the Maker. He’s a glorified torturer who uses the tools of his trade to Make Weather Witches evolve into Conductors.
Bran’s not a natural choice for someone you should like. His job itself defines him as a villain.
But our jobs are seldom an accurate summary of the contents of our souls.
And honestly? Bran developed by leaps and bounds–and in very unexpected ways. He started the same way Max in 13 TO LIFE did–he should have just been a cardboard character or at most a foil for someone else. He was a villain and didn’t deserve as much of a voice as my heroes (even my somewhat doltish one, Rowen). I mean, villains are bad–they should be silenced, right?
But Bran pointed something important out to me early in the writing. He had a father. That father had power and expectations of what a son should be and do. He has a boss who has his own ideas of what needs to be done for the good of society.
What Bran didn’t tell me then was something that gives us even more insight into him in book 2, STORMBRINGER. But I’m no longer surprised by characters who don’t vomit up their entire life story at a story’s start, I mean, really…who ever does that in real life? My characters take on a life of their own and Bran is no exception. He grows and develops in an arc all his own (like real people do) and it takes certain things to push him to evolve (just like real people need real catalysts).
Would Bran have stayed a cardboard cutout villain without Sybil? Without Meggie and Maude? Without Jordan? I guess we’ll never know now because the people we (and our characters) meet along the way have a great power over our personal evolution–whether we want to admit that or not.
So, liking Bran? I get it, I like him, too because I understand him in a way. I may not approve of his job, but I have empathy for his circumstance and faith that certain people enter our lives (like his) to make us better people.
Synopsis: In a vastly different and darker Philadelphia of 1844, steam power has been repressed, war threatens from deep, dark waters, and one young lady of high social standing is expecting a surprise at her seventeenth birthday party–but certainly not the one she gets!
Jordan Astraea, who has lived out all of her life in Philadelphia’s most exclusive neighborhood, is preparing to celebrate her birthday with friends, family and all the extravagance they might muster. The young man who is most often her dashing companion, Rowen Burchette, has told her a surprise awaits her and her best friend, Catrina Hollindale, wouldn’t miss this night for all the world!
But storm clouds are gathering and threatening to do far more than dampen her party plans because someone in the Astraea household has committed the greatest of social sins by Harboring a Weather Witch.
Shannon Delany is a speaker, author, farmer, mother and wife. She frequently should look busier than she does, but luckily she writes very quickly and many of her farm animals are mostly self-sustaining. She is often plagued by new story ideas (which she loves) and ideas for new art projects she fully intends to do between everything else. She loves to travel, has no respect for bullies, and briefly managed a talented musician as a result of her love of music. She is a lifelong learner and is happy to talk to nearly everyone and darn near anything! She has recently become a radio host for Authors on the Air where she interviews talented writers, publishers, and agents and generally has a good time!