7 March 2013

Blog Tour: The Faith and Fate of David Ghent | Guest Post


The Faith and Fate of David Ghent
Maren Dille

Published December 26th 2012

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In the Lucen city dwell the descendants of Righteous and Fallen angels. Kept hidden from the rest of Earth and governed directly by Heaven, each descendant is given a chance to prove themselves loyal to Heaven, and obtain salvation. For most, the task is encouraging and fair, but for David, it’s devastating.

David Ghent has waited twenty-one years to fulfill a prophecy foretelling the destruction of Lucifer’s power on Earth and Heaven, saving himself and the entire world from Hell’s power. His training is complete, the city prepared. As the battle commences, the city’s most beloved daughter, Layla, suddenly appears at the Hellgate. David is then faced with an impossible choice: fulfill the prophecy, or save her life. The consequences David faces after choosing Layla force him to question his entire life, and his loyalty to Heaven. As the aftermath of failure unfolds, David discovers that the real battle against Lucifer has just begun.

About the Author

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Maren grew up in Rochester, NY, which is why much of her work is set in the East. She moved to Provo, UT to attend Brigham Young University in 2004. Meanwhile, she received a license in cosmetology in 2006, and graduated with a B.S. in Home and Family Living-Clothing and Textiles in 2009. After graduation, Maren worked as a cosmetologist/barber, while her husband finished his own degree in Special Education. After he graduated, they settled in Spanish Fork, UT, where they plan on staying for a long time.

Now Maren is a stay-at-home mom, part-time piano teacher, cosmetologist, and writer. Amidst the buisiness of being a housewife, she loves reading, writing and playing music, vacationing, going on dates with her hubby and friends, throwing dinner parties, and sewing. She enjoys collecting books, and hopes someday to have a library big enough to fit all of them. Currently, her two pretty-enough-to-be-displayed-bookshelves are overflowing, and she's got books stashed all around her house. Open a random drawer, you'll probably find one.

'Names' by Maren Dille

Names have a huge impact on me as I read books. It seems like a silly notion, that I would be more partial to characters simply because I like their name, but there it is. I’m human, and I think the name “Jesse” is hotter than “Bartholomew,” or that “Bertha,” seems much stronger than “Lilly.” So when it came to naming my characters, I faced a daunting task.

My names were picked with great care. David and Layla, being the two main characters, were obviously the most important. Layla wasn’t quite as hard as picking David’s. She is beautiful, so her name needed to be beautiful. Not in the hot, cheerleader way, but in the bright-eyed, lovely, angelic way (her being an angel might have had something to do with it). L’s sound pretty and feminine to me. Think of all the L words associated with beauty: lovely, luscious, luxurious, alluring, delectable . . . I could go on and on. “Layla” fits her personality perfectly. Soft, memorable, uncommon, I was very pleased with how my exquisite blonde turned out.

David took much more thought. For the first 20 pages, I called him “X,” until I could come up with the perfect name. He was tricky because his character changes throughout the story. I needed a name that could stand up to the evolution, and still embody all parts of him from beginning to end. Something strong, determined, but still gentle enough that could evoke reverence. “D” is a firm enough consonant, and “David” drew me in partially because of its biblical roots. It was fitting to choose a name based on a real person that’s depicted as a righteous character, though greatly flawed. David Ghent is this novel’s hero, but the reader gets to see him become that. “David” is also a common enough name that made him more relatable to readers. Like the biblical “David,” I like to think all of us in the end would be depicted as “righteous,” even if we are greatly flawed.

It was meant to be. After my book club read the manuscript, one of my friends informed me she knew a married couple named “David” and “Layla.” There was no changing it after that.

The rest of the names were chosen either based on research (referring to the angels), or because I felt they fit the character. All the angels, except one, have unique names that you don’t normally hear. The exception lies with the hero’s “sidekick” and best friend, an angel named Nathaniel. Though the ending of “iel” denotes him as an angel, “Nathaniel” is very common in our society. Like David, I liked that his name was relatable.

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