A few basics about Defenders, which is the WIP I'm using. The story centers around a team of six girls, all 16 years old. They're one of many teams of all of different supernatural species who are tasked with defending their city from external attack. For a longer plot description, check out the page.
And here's the cast:
Laurie Casek - Saoirse Ronan
Laurie is the main character/narrator of book 1. She's a witch with a strict adherence to the rules and a head for strategy. She's been dreaming about being a Defender since she was a little girl.
Shawn Doyle - Mia Wasikowska
Shawn is the secondary narrator for book 1. She's an electric mage, who's perky and perpetually happy, though she sometimes comes across as ditzy.
ZJ Khayri - Tanvi Ganesh Lonkar
ZJ is a demon. She's an only child and spoiled, with a dark sense of humor and a cocky attitude.
Kali Conway - Melanie Tonello
Kali is a werewolf, with a strong mothering instinct. She's reasonable, and she tries to keep the peace.
Alexi Markum - Melanie Abramoff
Alexi is a fairly small, unimposing berserker. She's far stronger than she looks, both physically and emotionally.
Meg Prescott - Molly C. Quinn
Meg is the fairy. She's a bit of a dreamer, who loves music and is everyone's little sister.
And the soundtrack. This part was a lot harder for me. This story exists in a world where the concept of love--romantic, familial, etc.--doesn't exist. The word love doesn't even exist.
And do you have any idea how many love songs there are?
But I finally got the idea to look up songs about soldiers, and eventually settled on "Citizen/Soldier" by 3 Doors Down. It looks like it was a promotional piece for the National Guard, which is oddly appropriate, since the Defenders are kind of like a mandatory National Guard for their world.
And last, but definitely not least, check me out as a guest blogger on Rebecca's blog next week. The topic is plotting vs. plodding. I'm really excited about it, so I hope you all enjoy. Also, go on over and check out yesterday's really informative guest post about querying by Lynn Wiese Sneyd.