Today i’m very excited to bring you a Character spotlight for Jada Artoli one of the characters in the very intriguing Absolution. It’s a very exciting moment for Over the Rainbow book blog as it is my first guest post!
I’d like to say a huge thank you to Caroline from Bits About Books for accommodating me when due to health problems I was unsure whether i wold be able to provide a review for this book and to the author for taking the time to write this fabulous Character spotlight. Before I share the Character Spotlight, here is a little bit about the book.
When the Militia came in the peaceful village of Nyanyar Ngun, South Sudan in 1993 – amidst the backdrop of a bitter civil war – it wasn’t in peace. Under the command of General Ode Tombura, the soldiers of the SPF committed untold atrocities in that small farming village before finally razing it to the ground.
Boys were taken from their families to be trained as soldiers of the Militia, whilst girls as young as eight-years-old were abducted for trafficking to a waiting market of odious buyers.
In a field of high-maize, sixteen-year-old Jada lay hidden and afraid, witnessing the merciless slaughter of his parents and the capture of his sister Kadeni powerless to stop it, too frightened to try.
But now – tortured with grief, consumed with shame and driven by guilt – Jada must embark on a long and arduous journey to rescue his sister from a sinister world and find his absolution … or die trying!
Character Spotlight: Jada Artoli
| Who is Jada?
Jada Artoli is introduced to the reader as a sixteen-year-old boy who lives with his parents and younger sister Kiden, in the fictional farming village of Nyanyar Ngun, South Sudan. However, his introduction to the story is far from conventional.
| The Inspiration for Jada’s Character
To be perfectly honest, I would say that the inspiration for this character comes from my own firm belief that we should show respect for others who deserve respect, have love for those who give us love but never be too afraid to stand up and fight for what we believe in.
| The Creation of Jada Artoli
Bizarrely enough, the character of Jada wasn’t even featured during the story’s infancy stage and was only added when the story line was re-thought. He began as a what-if character as in: what-if the storyline took this direction instead of the initial plan? Who would be the protagonist and why? From there, his creation manifested itself in my minds eye and grew in both description and traits as the story went on. That said, by the end of the book, not even I felt that the version of Jada Artoli sitting in my imagination had been fully explored.
| About Jada’s Character
Under normal circumstances, one could assume that Jada is a mild mannered, hard-working youth who has respect for his elders, an unconditional love for his family and a belief that God is to be revered – without question – at all times.
But, the extraordinary events that occur within his village at the hands of the Militia – during the second civil war of South Sudan – result in Jada not only questioning his own moral compass but, more importantly, the very existence and power of the God he was taught to believe in.
His character, as the story unfolds, becomes one of a youth who is tenacious and determined to reach his goal, no matter the obstacle, no matter the cost … even if that includes his own life.
| Does he have any similarities with anyone ‘real’? If so .. tell us more!
I am sure, nay positive, that real-life victims of the atrocities of war (civil or world) hold the same values, the same outlook and the same determination as Jada. He is more a collective of oppressed humanity rather than any one individual.
| What do you like most about Jada Artoli?
His focus, his determination and his want – rather than his need – to reach his ultimate objective.
| What do you dislike about your protagonist’s character?
He was created not to be disliked by the reader so … nothing!
| Would you and Jada be friends ‘in real life’?
Hell yes. Who wouldn’t want such a loyal and trusting person as a friend?
| What’s Next?
Well, without wanting to spoil the book’s ending, somebody has to avenge the wrong doings of the tormentors. Thus a sequel will be written. In fact, the first notes of that sequel have already been penned and I’m very excited!
About The Author:
P.A. Davies was born in Manchester, UK, a city he has lived in and around all his life. He loves Manchester and is proud to be part of the multi-cultural, modern city that houses two Premiership football teams and is the birthplace of many a famous band, such as Oasis, the Stone Roses, Take That and Simply Red.
For most of his life, he has dabbled with writing various pieces – from poems to short fictional stories – but this was always just for fun. However, following advice from a good friend he decided to have a go at writing a novel. Thus, his first novel ‘Letterbox’ was conceived, a fictional take on the infamous IRA bombing of Manchester in 1996. It took him over a year to complete but while doing so, he found it to be one of the most satisfying and interesting paths he had ever followed. It came as no surprise that the writing bug subsequently became firmly embedded within him.
P.A. Davies’ second book – George: A Gentleman of the Road – was published in May 2013 and is a true story about one of Manchester’s homeless. His third novel – The Good in Mister Philips – is an erotic novel (arguably set to rival Fifty Shades…!) and his fourth – Nobody Heard Me Cry (Dec. 2015) – is again a fact-based tale about Manchester’s darker side. The thriller ‘Absolution’ (Oct. 2017) is his fifth novel.
To label P.A. Davies’ writings would be difficult because his works range from thrillers to touching novels to true-to-life tales embedded in a captivating story, making P.A. Davies an imaginative and versatile storyteller.
P.A. Davies on Social Media:
Website: http://www.padavies.co.uk/ FB Author Page: bit.ly/padavies Twitter: @padavies_
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