So I may have said this to you guys or I may have not (don’t analyze my grammar there, okay) but in June, I wrote a book! It’s currently 50 000 words that really need a lot of help (its in a very first draft stage), but I wrote it in 17 days and I’m quite proud. So when I saw that Beautiful People was happening, I was immediately determined to participate.
But before we begin, I should tell you a little about what Entreaty, which is my novels title, is about. It’s set around 2050 in Delhi, when climate change has changed everything about the way the world works but not very much about the way people work. The story is about Pelican (don’t laugh at my names, because I like them) who is Nigerian Indian. Due to a variety of unforeseen circumstances she has ended up, despite being only an intern, as the only Nigerian representative as India and Nigeria go through treaty negotiations. She is staying with the French ambassadors family and she makes friends with the ambassadors son, Asli. As a kidnapping or possible act of political terrorism uproots the negotiations, and there are secrets surrounding them, she and Asli have to get to the bottom of a political mystery, but the stakes are high.
1. How long have they known each other, and how close are they?
Asli and Pelican meet at the start of the Entreaty, and it takes them a while to become friends. The story takes place over about a month, and they become close, but they don’t always agree with each other, and they have some secrets from each other. They’re united by the shared mystery, but it means different things to both of them. Despite that, Pelican and Asli still become an awesome team.
2. What’s their earliest memory of being best friends?
When they went to Agra to see the ruins of the Taj Mahal (and overheard a surprising rendezvous there) they realised how important discovering the truth was, and knew that they had to get to the bottom of it. They both have personal reasons that mean they are way too invested, and they haven’t had close friends before, so from then on they were pretty close.
3. Do they fight? How long do they typically fight for?
They do fight, but never over serious things. Pelican is all officious and makes Asli help her when she has to attend meetings, and she also makes him do his homework. Asli gets annoyed and thinks that Pelican doesn’t do enough work, and feels uncertain about his mothers role in events. Pelican also hates it when Asli calls her Peli, so he does it just to ignore her.
4. Are their personalities similar or do they compliment each other?
Pelican is very professional and Asli is action based. They complement each other in terms of skills and knowledge, but in their hearts they are very similar: determined people who are willing to work for the truth.
5. Who is the leader of their friendship (if anyone)?
Pelican is kind of the leader, because she sort of initiates things, as does Asli’s mother. She has all the ideas. But when it comes to actually sitting down and planning things, Asli is much better. They’re an excellent team!
6. Do have any secrets from each other?
Well, Pelican doesn’t say anything about what she knows about how Asli’s mother was involved for a long time (there may have been some accidental hacking involved) and Asli takes a while to decide what to tell Pelican about the Russian ambassador, Yerzov.
7. How well do they know each other’s quirks and habits?
Not very well… they haven’t known each other for long. But they are getting used to each other and they know what to expect. Asli is used to Pelican’s awkwardness around the dishwasher robot and Pelican is used to Asli’s moaning about homework and school and weather. (he hates living in India, pretty much)
8. What kind of things do they like to do together?
They like sneaking around in the embassy district, and attending parties where they get involved in serious political situations or overhear important things. Most of the time they spend together, though, is on the Cog, which is this transportation around Dehli sort of like a closed in ski lift, but everywhere and shiny and you program a destination. This transportation takes time (because while teleportation is technically possible, it is highly illegal for a variety of reasons) They have really good conversations while waiting to get places. Oh, and they like playing video games, an experience that Asli introduced Pelican to.
9. Describe each character’s fashion style (use pictures if you’d like!) How are their styles different/similar?
Asli has to wear a school uniform a lot of the time, which is blue and grey. Pelican has to be dressed professional: crisp skirts and make up, or elaborate saris and salwar kameez’s for parties. She likes bright colours and presenting herself professionally. Asli at home is more into comfort, and also it’s really hot, so he wears shorts and sleeveless shirts. The world is ultra globalised, so there a lot of similarities between what they wear for formal events, especially as India is culturally dominant (sort of like the US is in English speaking countries right now) People speak a mix of English and Hindi according to the situation.
10. How would their lives be different without each other?
They wouldn’t know the truth….!
On a less dramatic note, they would be way lonelier, and they wouldn’t have learned to question some of the systems and people around them. They would also be less happy, because being with each other, even in the escape tunnels from the Russian Embassy, even when throwing up because someone nearby teleported, being able to talk to each other is comforting for them.
So, what did you think? Does Entreaty sound interesting? (I’m happy to hear feedback: believe me, I know it needs help) tell me anything, except that the names are ridiculous, in the comments!