A Family to Die For
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The Evergreen Family
Part one of my August blog posts focuses on the protagonists of An Empire of Dreams, namely the Evergreen family.
The Evergreen family, in short, are killers. They are a family of murderers. Cold blooded, ruthless, heartless people.
That is what the world is to believe – what the villain of this story wants you to believe. They have in fact been framed for their crime. They are in fact innocent and searching for a way to prove it.
An Empire of Dreams follows this family on the run as they are forced to abandon their homes, their lives, and the time they live in, in order to escape. But who exactly are the Evergreen family? What makes them special?
The Three Generations
The Evergreen family comprise of three generations: two grandparents, two parents and three children.
The Grandparents: Winton and Ambrose Evergreen
I would describe Winton as a wise and fun-loving gentleman who has a fine fascination for all things antique and old. He is a chipper character who sees the positives in things – I suppose he gets that from me – and he injects a brighter light into an often darker situation. Ambrose, on the other hand, is a quiet and caring mother to her daughter, Evie. She is intelligent and thoughtful, and someone who always knows far more than she says.
The Parents: Evelyn and Irwin Evergreen
Irwin is the father of the group, as a whole, and is the one everyone turns to in a time of crisis. He knows what to do and is the protector of his family. He would do anything to save them. Evelyn is different from what a mother is often thought to be – she is weak and overcome by her angst and worry at the situation her family are in. Strengthened by the love of her children, she does the best that she can, even if that involves not telling the whole truth…
The Children: Nora, Daniel and Felicity Evergreen
Nora is the eldest and bossiest of her siblings who thinks she always knows best – and often she does. Her sister Felicity, on the other hand, is as quiet as a mouse but offers small glimmers of hope and the reminder of the family’s innocence throughout the story. Daniel completes the family as an intelligent, bright young boy who is often the bravest out of all his family.
There are a few reasons why I chose a family to be the “main character” of this story.
Firstly I wanted An Empire of Dreams to stand out as being different. I didn’t want it to be (nor do I feel that it is) the same as your normal book on the shelf of being a trio of fighters who ‘save the day’. There is quite an ensemble of characters in this story, and they each play their part in different ways.
The symbol of a family unit to me also represents innocence in itself, especially when it includes elderly characters and children. Furthermore, I feel that a family is instantly more accessible and familiar to most of us. Even if the readers of this story don’t have a large family themselves, I feel that a connection between the reader and these characters would be more likely than say the reader of a story trying to connect with an alien survivor of a nuclear holocaust from a different planet, for example. Familiarity is key.
Through the Eyes of …
The story of the Evergreen family is told through the eyes of one Alexander Priar, who is only a twelve-year-old boy when he first meets the Evergreens. He is with whom we begin this story – it is through his eyes that we discover their tale and are whisked away on this adventure.
My next post will be all about Alex and his uncle, Abraham and the mystery that surrounds their entire family. Be sure to check out the calendar of posts coming this month!
Till next time,