Happy Birthday, Gwen!

Today’s the day, readers–today is the day that we celebrate the last formerly unknown supporting character of the Zulwini Tribe. Sabryna’s birthday is tomorrow, but we already have a full biography on her–and Amira was born on a leap day, so she technically won’t have a birthday for a few years, buuuut I’m open to leaving hers as a one year special. No, the character I was talking about is Gwendolyn Reed, who helps Sabryna and Ravyn with all of their research!

Basic Info:

Age in Aquarius: 27
Height: 5’7 | Weight: 170 lbs
Hair: wavy, tangerine orange-red | Eyes: sky blue
Human Race: British | Species: Demon
Hailing Planet: Zulwini
Ability: none
Rank: none
Specialties: memory recall, firearm maintenance, research, knowledgeable, organized, detail-oriented
Best friends: Winter Wolfe, Gray Osborne, Holly Burns
Soul mate: will be revealed in a later book 😉

Three facts about Gwen:

  1. Not only is Gwen from the same colony as Gray, but their families both migrated to Paris following London’s downfall. The two grew up together and are best friends.
  2. She has this uncanny ability to retain vast amounts of knowledge for longer periods of time than the average researcher. For everything else, she takes detailed notes.
  3. While Gwen’s normally very open with her tribe, lately she’s been in contact with a member of another group. Her tribe is not aware of this.

My thoughts on Gwen:

All in all, Gwen tends to be the tribe’s go-to optimist. She’s sweet, loyal, follows orders, learns quickly, and she’s not a bad shot. I know the characters I create without abilities are normally these badass fighters with combat expertise from the gods or some shit, but Gwen ain’t it, bub. Her vision isn’t perfect–she relies on glasses–but she can aim and shoot, and she learns about every firearm brought aboard the camper by taking them apart and putting them back together. Whenever Winter or Gray find a manual or instruction book on something (literally anything), they bring it back for Gwen’s collection. She values being prepared above all else.

Gwen’s a minor character, but not like the elemental sorcerers or psychics–she’s minor in terms of the story at large. I’ve come to think of her less like a supporting character and more like a background extra. That’s not to say that there are others who should have been given dialogue instead of her–every group needs a decent researcher, and Gwendolyn Reed is the researcher. I just hope readers won’t expect anything major involving her, and won’t be disappointed when she isn’t portrayed outside of her brainstorm sessions and little banters with Gray.

“But you said she has a soul mate that will be revealed in a later book, so she has to be important!” Meh. No, she doesn’t have to be important for her to have a soul mate. When I made my various spreadsheets listing every character in this series–and I do mean every character–I made sure to include a section where I assigned soul mates. Not everyone is meant to have one; of the ones that do, a couple of them even have more than one (#PolyLoveRepresent), and maybe only half of them are “perfect” matches. There are even a couple of bonds that are not meant to last, but that’s because one of the many messages of my series pertains to the concepts of love and soulmates. That message is for you to determine. But Gwen? She’s destined for a happy life with her soul mate (who may or may not be of equal importance) and their future child.

For those of you who don’t know, Gwen is a supporting character in my trilogy Saturn Rising, which is the first installment of The Chronicles of Life & Death. The first book, Aquarius, is available now on Amazon as an e-book and paperback. You can even read it all for free with Kindle Unlimited! Learn more here.

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