Monday, 25 May 2009

Character Spotlight ~ Elizabeth White's Gilly Kincade & Jacob Ferrar plus Aussie Giveaway

Today the spotlight shines on...Gilly Kincade & Jacob Ferrar

I adore Beth White's stories and Tour de Force is a special treat for those who love the arts and the dedication required to make it to the top. I love the insight into Gilly and Jacob and I am sure you will too :)

Thanks, Beth:~

Brief physical description of your main character/s

Gilly Kincade is a tiny redhead with a ballet dancer's pliant body. Her kittenish face is given a touch of sparkle by a diamond nose chip, a sprinkle of freckles over green eyes, and quirky red eyebrows bent upward at the tips. She has a dancer's bowed legs and duck feet.

Jacob Ferrar is a dancer as well; he's over six feet tall, with a supple, muscular build. His dark hair and eyes and strong, bony face, make Gilly
think of a “broken angel.”

Strengths and weaknesses

Gilly's main spiritual strength is her passion to share her faith in Jesus--with everyone she meets. Second only to that is her drive toward perfection in her chosen art form, ballet. Also, she is
blessed with a large, loving family which supports her demanding career. Weaknesses might include carelessness in housekeeping and a tendency to push herself harder than is physically safe.

Jacob, on the other hand, is a bit of a loner--pleasantly shy. He's charmed by Gilly's extroverted personality but also a little intimidated by her loud, gregarious family. He also has the perfectionist gene--necessary for a ballet artistic director, but which can drive him to expect too much from himself. A feeling of shame about his pre-Christian past sometimes keeps him from boldly sharing what Christ has done for him. His great strength is deep affection for his grandparents and small orphaned nephew--and increasingly Gilly Kincade. He expresses his love in the silent meeting of needs.

Quirk (if any)

Gilly loves colorful clothes that clash with her hair.

Jacob has a European upbringing (his parents are career diplomats), so he's got a British accent from his boarding school days.

Your inspiration for the character

Watch a couple of these videos. Mesmerizing. Kathryn Morgan and Robert Fairchild of New York City Ballet were the inspirations for Gilly and Jacob.

Kathryn Morgan
The Making of Romeo & Juliet

More Romeo & Juliet

Background to the story

Gilly was a secondary character in Off the Record, last year's release from Zondervan. She was the teenage sister of the heroine, Judge Laurel Kincade. I saw a lot of potenti
al for “growing Gilly up” and giving her a story of her own. So I began to imagine what could happen to a young lady completely invested in spending her extraordinary natural gifts, as well as her spiritual gifts, in God's service. Life isn't always rosy--in real life or in fiction. So what happens when bad stuff happens to us? Is God looking away, or does He have a plan? That's one of the main questions I wanted to explore with Tour de Force. I also wanted to trace what happens when a believer is thrown into a completely secular artistic world--a place that is often hostile to those with a spiritual bent. We can be rigid--legalistic, if you will--or we can look at those around us with Jesus' eyes of compassion and grace. I'm fairly certain I don't have all the answers, but I do know that nonbelievers recognize real love when they see it. Tour de Force is my crayon drawing of what I think love looks like in all its permutations--familial, romantic, fraternal and agape.

Just delightful, Beth - thanks so much for sharing with us!

Come back on Thursday for a spotlight on Julie Klassen's Lilly Haswell from The Apothecary's Daughter together with a look at her leading men!

Relz Reviewz Extras

Review of Tour de Force

Visit Beth's website

Buy Beth's books at Amazon or Koorong
Aussie Giveaway

I am delighted to have a copy of Tour de Force to give away to a reader with an Australian postal address! To enter, post a comment on or before Sunday 31st May, 2009 telling me if you have ever been to the ballet! I haven't, uncultured person that I am - LOL!


Anonymous said...

i've been to a ballet on ice...twice! it's sooo cool! if that counts? :) i've been to "swan lake" and "cinderella". definitely worth it!!

and please enter me. ;) i like beth's books.

Jewelz said...

I was going to say that I've never been to the ballet, but southeastcountrywife reminded me that I went to Cinderella on Ice!
It was really cool!
Please enter me :) I've never read any of Beth's books.

Leola said...

I've been to see the Russian Ballet Company many years ago, and just last week took my 8 year old daughter to see the Australian Ballet school perform an act from Swan Lake. I love Beth's books - please enter me in the draw Rel!

Beth said...

I haven't been to the ballet, but I do remember one Christmas Eve when we watched The Nutcracker on TV. I've loved the music ever since.
Please enter me.

jaana said...

I have to say I haven't been to the ballet, but my daughter has! (I suppose that doesn't count) But I'd love to win a copy of this book!

Alex said...

Hmm, nope, no ballet for me as yet! I've seen movies.. do they count? :)

Please enter me!

Ausjenny said...

please enter me. no never been to the ballet. but I always wanted to go to ballet classes as a kid.

nolene said...

No, I have never been to the ballet. That's too bad for someone who had ballet lessons for sometime as a little kid. I enjoy Beth's books tremendously so this one is sure to be good!

Jen said...

Shame on you Rel when you wanted to be a ballerina!!!! I haven't been either. Please enter me.

beth White said...

I never got around to coming back to find out who won the book, Rel. Who was it??

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