Welcome to the A to Z Challenge. This year I’m blogging about the Behind the Scenes for the Echoes Trilogy – a story a started writing about six years ago.
Happy Monday, folks! This morning I have the fun privilege of introducing you to Nicolette – one of the echoes who masquerade as Princess Rylie. Nicolette was one of the first characters who began forming in my head when I started working on this series, and from the feedback I’ve received, she’s apparently a favorite among readers.
At sixteen summers Nicolette is tall, confident, and kind. Known in the Inner Chamber family for her loyalty and willingness to take blame when needed, Nicolette is a peacemaker to her core and will do whatever it takes to keep the peace. Sweet and soft spoken, Princess Rylie is much more like Nicolette than she is like Raquel.
With more of a laid-back temperament than Raquel, Nicolette enjoys quite indoor activities such as bookwork, mingling with the palace staff, and playing board games. Her forays to the archery field and javelin arena are simply an attempt to try and keep up (at least somewhat) with Raquel’s skills, since they need to stay somewhat equal in their levels of expertise.
At the same time, though, Nicolette isn’t quite or shy. With a ready wit and compelling personality, Nicolette (as Princess Rylie) is able to make friends with anyone, and in any situation. Unless of course she happens to be conversing with a dignitary who lowers himself to flirting and seems to forget that Princess Rylie has brains – then Nicolette is creative at giving the cold shoulder while still being passably polite.
Nicolette is a strong believer in the Path Book, and daily applies the teachings to her life – especially the ones about forgiveness. Although some people seem to think forgiveness comes easily to Nicolette, it is in reality something she’s struggled with. Knowing how important it is though, Nicolette refuses to let herself become bitter, even when she has every reason to.
With dreams of one day ruling Kios side-by-side with Raquel, Nicolette does all she can to learn the laws, the systems, and how to judge wisely. She firmly believes that she, like Esther of old, has been placed in her position for Such a time as this.