Nazgor

I've had a couple people ask me about Nazgor, and I can honestly say out of all the characters, he was the hardest for me to write. My husband was the one who helped me the most with Nazgor. My tendency at first with him was writing his dialogue as if he was a female. My husband quickly summarized my four paragraphs of Nazgor's one way conversation, to one sentence. The camping scene in book one of Mutiny was probably the most edited between my husband and I.

Lia and Nazgor's friendship is probably what I'm most proud of from my books. The trials that they get through and the way they challenge one another, is for me what that a friendship should truly be. At first when I wrote the books, I did wonder what relationship Nazgor and Lia should have. Should it be siblings? Where Nazgor was a bastard brother? Bitter at Lia for getting a pampered life? Or maybe a love triangle with Juleana and Lia? But why isn't Nazgor and Juleana together since they have history? This point in my train of thought I came up with the answer that's now in the book. Also, in the beginning, his name was spelled Nasgor but I thought it sounded better with the 'z' instead of 's'.

Balancing his hard life and light humor was another trial that was difficult to overcome. There would be times that I'd literally ask my husband what he would do in this situation. Sometimes using examples with his troops or ask if something was too corny or 'mushy'. I had to alter the scene at the bar because of such an instance. Originally he was to be upset from Juleana's words but changed when my husband gave me a raised eyebrow look.

Overall though, I had a love hate relationship with Nazgor. He was my biggest challenge to write, but in the end taught me more than Lia ever could. In truth, his role in the book is what it was for me as a writer.