MaryLu hits the high seas again in The Red Siren, this time with a female pirate! Faith and Dajon are wonderful characters so I'm glad to share with your MaryLu's take on her latest creations!
Faith is tall for a woman and of medium build. She likes to wear her fiery red hair unfettered in long curls down her back. (that is until her father reprimands her for the impropriety). Her dark auburn eyes are full of life and determination. She has a cluster of freckles atop her nose that are the only mark on her otherwise creamy skin. She carries herself with a confidenceand superiority that deter most suitors. That is, until Captain
Dajon Waite crosses her path.
I love this picture. It reminds me so much of what Faith would look like. Wild, red hair, tempered by a hint on innocence in her pose, yet those eyes: filled with sorrow, yet such strength and determination!
Bravery, Boldness, Loyalty, Dedication,
Faith constantly throws her hands to her hips in an act of superiority. The freckles on top of her nose darken when she is angry or frightened.
Faith has every quality which a female pirate needs in order to be successful: Audacity, fortitude, and the ability to command an unruly crew. I loved writing her character because she possesses the wit, courage, and boldness that I only dream of possessing! She’s the kind of woman other women look up to as a role-model (except the pirating part): Fiercely loyal to family, dependable, smart, a woman who takes charge and does what needs to be done, instead of sitting back and waiting for a man to rescue her. She has lofty goals and a purpose for everything she does. But instead of using her strengths for good, she uses them to become a pirate.
Wounded by a series of tragedies that have struck her family, she turns her back on God and on the rules of society and seeks other ways to complete the mission of caring for her sisters handed down to her by her mother on her deathbed.
With dark brown hair, a rugged face and blue eyes the color of the sky, Dajon presents a handsome figure donned in his British Navy uniform. A large man for his day, his deep
commanding voice and authoritative manner invoke obedience among his crew. Yet beneath his commanding and strict exterior, Dajon possesses the chivalrous heart of a true romantic and a love for God that outweighs everything else. Whenever I think of Dajon, a picture of the British actor, Richard Armitage, comes to mind. Dark and strong, but with a hint of playfulness on his face.
Chivalrous, Possesses Integrity, Honorable, Loyal, Brave
Inflexible, Rigid, Stubborn, Inhibited, Guilt-ridden
Though Dajon prides himself on his crisp, clean appearance as a navy officer, he cannot keep one rebellious strand of his hair from incessantly escaping his queue. Beads of sweat appear on his forehead when he is angry or annoyed.
Dajon is the perfect example of someone trying to make up for a wicked past by following a set of rules. Instead of accepting God’s forgiveness and grace, Dajon believes he must pay penance for past sins by doing as many good works as he can. Hence, he joins the British Navy to protect and care for his fellow Englishmen. In addition, he believes that in order to avoid future mistakes, one must adhere to every rule thrust upon them by both God and man. This combines to make Dajon a very disciplined, pious, and unyielding man who is neither happy, nor at peace with the life he has chosen. I often battle myself with the idea of free grace and forgiveness. It seems too easy, doesn’t it? I feel like I should somehow earn God’s forgiveness. Otherwise it doesn’t seem real. So, I really enjoyed writing Dajon’s story, especially when he falls in love with wild, rebellious Faith.
Background for the story:
Faith Westcott abandoned her shallow faith when a series of tragedies struck her family. To save herself and her sisters from forced marriages, this fiery, born-to-the-manor redhead is a lady by day and a pirate by night. God-fearing Dajon Waite, who scours the Carolina coast, expunging it of pirates, is a more-than-capable captain in the British Royal Navy. But when he is asked to take on the guardianship of Faith and her sisters, he’s headed for deep water. Having vowed to avoid women, and to follow all rules of the navy, what will he do when he finds himself falling for Faith, especially when he catches her at pirating?
Great stuff, MaryLu - thank you! Can't wait to read about the rest of the Westcott sisters! Do comment and let us know what you think of this spotlight.
Please note I have run into problems with internet access due to circumstances beyond my control so I will be unable to post my planned spotlights next week. I will rectify that in the week starting 18th January, 2009.
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