Right, so I think the most important thing to know about what’s in my book so far is the characters. The book takes place partly in Rio and partly in London, i.e. there are two different storylines going on at the same time. I think I’m going to have each chapter from the point of view of a different character although I’m looking for advice about this and will have to try it out to see if it works…
So anyway, here are the main characters:
Rio de Janeiro
Milo is twelve years old, a stigmatic (for more information on this, check out the Wikipedia article), and initially the main character of the book, although I have decided to change this and give all main characters a more or less equal role. He lives with his brother and mother in a favela (shanty town) in Rio. His family is very poor and Milo often turns to his strong faith to get him through difficult times.
Paulo is seventeen years old and desperate to escape from the poverty of the favela. He has lost his faith due to the apparent futility of his life, and also due to a secret he is yet to share with anyone. This desire to escape explains why he finds it so easy to lie to the public later on, when Milo and his healing powers become more well-known.
Carolina is the boys’ mother and although resigned to her own fate still believes that her sons can acheive greater things in their lives.
Lucy is a working mother whose four year old daughter Juno is recently comatose due to a car accident that was partly Lucy’s fault. She persuades her husband to give up his job to care for their daughter as she cannot take the guilt of knowing that it was her fault but soon discovers that she can no longer cope with working life.
Andrew is Lucy’s husband, and although he hasn’t voiced it, he has a feeling that his daughter’s current state is partly his wife’s doing, a suspicion that begins to eat away at his trust in his wife. For the moment, it seems that there is little hope of saving his marriage or his daughter.
I need as much help as I can get with these characters, so feedback is more than welcome…
Keep it Rio