Character Introduction: Arkmenos Kilrak

**Little information first — My mentor Debbie Burns, who runs an amazing writing course called Fiction Expedition, gives us worksheets for what she calls Character Deep Dives. It’s to help us really ‘dive’ into our characters for our stories so that we can make them really come alive. SO that’s what I’m going to be sharing with you all for the next couple of weeks. Now without further ado! **

inspiration for Arkmenos
NOT MY PHOTO. Inspiration for Arkmenos ONLY. Got it off of Pinterest.

Arkmenos (ark-men-ohs) Kilrak (Kill-rack) is a Serkas (sir-kahs), which is an infernal-touched race (kinda like the Tieflings from D&D). He and a few of his kind came over during the great portal opening back in 2010, along with a lot of other races (we’ll get to those later!).

He is a Unitarian pastor (he was a cleric in his world) and helps run A Mission of Hope which is an orphanage and soup kitchen on the southeast end of New Seattle. He has a twin sister named Rovari who runs a massage parlor. They have a very complicated love/hate relationship that started in their world and has only gotten worse since they came to New Seattle.

Part of the #CDD (character deep dive) questions cover fears and pain points, what their end goal is in the book, and who is against or with them.

Arkmenos’ three greatest fears are Rovari dying, bad things happening to his followers / children (the orphans), and his parents coming from their world into New Seattle. This last one is his biggest fear because he is afraid that they, his parents, will cause so much chaos that the government will decide to close the portals after making all non-humans go back to their world and he does NOT want that. He loves the life he has in New Seattle and wants nothing to do with his old world OR his parents. Still nudging him to spill that a bit more, but I’m sure that will come later.

His three strongest pain points are one: how people perceive him. He is a Serkas. He has dark red skin, golden eyes, horns, and a prehensile tail. Most races don’t trust them due to their demon/devil ancestry and most humans are very uncomfortable around the Serkas. Two: Rovari works for a woman named Celerina who Arkmenos does not trust at all. He’s heard secrets and rumors and his gut tells him she deals in things his sister shouldn’t be messing with. This worries him even though they are not speaking. She is still his twin. Three: He wants someone to love but due to the number one pain point, this is proving to be a bit difficult for him. Not that he’s actually tried though with as busy as he is at the Mission (EXCUSE!).

Now you may want to know why is he doing what he is doing? He’s got demon/devil ancestors right? SO he’s supposed to be bad right? WRONG. The blood has thinned many generations so he just has a couple of his ancestors physical traits and a bit of magic. Due to spending most of his time as a child with the clerics in the local temple, he realized his calling was to take care of people, much to the chagrin of his parents and twin. When he turned 13, his father threw him out of the house and one of the clerics took him in and raised him until he was old enough to become a cleric himself.

What is his end goal? To save his sister from Celerina and anyone else Celerina has hurt, along with taking care of all of followers. Who is going to be against this? Well, his sister, duh! Along with Celerina (of course!), a local priest who has been corrupted, and a few other people that work for/with Celerina. Those with him? As far as I know now, Kar’gan and Rebekkah (the stars of the short story teaser I shared), Suzie Andrews – a mouse pelt journalist, DJ Phoenix who works at a rave club owned by Celerina (but she doesn’t know this yet), a former nun who works at the Mission with him, and a lady detective that is investigating Celerina.

So that is what I know about Pastor Arkmenos Kilrak as of right now. I will have CDDs of my other main players over the next few weeks as they talk to me and let me in on their deep, dark secrets!

I hope you enjoyed this peek into one of my characters. If so, please leave me a comment down below and let me know!

Much love and blessings,




NaNoWriMo 2017

I decided this year to join NaNoWriMo and while having a bit of a slow start, I feel I am right where I need to be right now. I am figuring things out for this story and it’s coming alive little by little. SO much so that I want to share my favorite bit that I’ve written for my first draft of Escape from Serenity’s Edge. I hope you enjoy and please let me know down in the comments!


“You tell your Mr.Flint exactly what my husband told you yesterday. We’re tired of running your stuff through here. Enough is enough. Unless he’s going to share that with our town, he can go elsewhere. We don’t want him here anymore. We appreciate the stuff he has done, but we’ve all paid our debt to him tenfold and he needs to just move on!”

She waves her finger in Ryker’s face, her emerald eyes shining as she chews him out. She’s worked in a tavern since she was a child, starting when her parents had first opened the Jagged Lantern in Tattington, then moved it to Serenity’s Edge when things were getting too rough. She’s faced off with sky pirates, street urchins, and thugs as big as Dirk and wasn’t phased in the least at their threats.

Ryker grabs her finger and yanks her to him. Zeke and Gabe go to intervene, but Sebastian and Dirk grab both of them and hold their arms to their sides while Ryker deals with Violet.

“Look here lil’ lady. You talk a big game but you wouldn’t last workin’ for Mr. Flint so I suggest you calm down before we take you to him instead of your boy!”

“First off let go of me. Second of all you have no idea what I can and can’t deal with. We told you to shove off, so SHOVE…OFF.” She kicks him, hitting him in his knee, which causes him to let go of her. She runs behind the bar and grabs the pistol that’s sitting their and points it at them.

“Now. Let go of my boys and take yourselves back to Mr. Flint and tell him what I said before I put a couple new holes in you.” She clicks the hammer back and holds it steady, aimed right at Sebastian’s head. “Don’t test me boys. Let them go.”

inspiration for Violet Sparks
Purely inspirational photo for Violet Sparks, owner of The Jagged Lantern Saloon.



The door to the office of Reynard Alban Flint, silent elder of Serenity’s Edge and owner of one of the largest Verronium supply companies in the country opens and the two thugs that were at the Jagged Lantern bothering Hugh Sparks earlier that day walk in.

“Well? Did you take care of it?”

“He says you want him to continue bringing in all that cargo, you need to go talk to him yourself. Says he ain’t having all that food come through his place for you when most of the people of the town can barely make it through a winter.” Ryker reports.

Reynard sits back in his chair and drums his fingers on his desk.

“Oh he did did he? Well maybe he needs to be reminded that I am in charge here, not him. You and Sebastian need to go back tomorrow, take Leo with you as well, and maybe have a chat with his missus. That might light a fire under him. If they still refuse, you will inform them that they will continue to ship our food through or their youngest boy will find himself staying with us for awhile, got it?”

“Yes Mr. Flint.”

After the two leave his office, Reynard yells for his assistant.

“Yes Mr. Flint?” The young woman has paper ready to take notes for whatever her boss needs her to do, but is hoping it will wait til tomorrow so she can go to her quarters and get some sleep. They’d been at work since dawn and it was now almost eight o’clock.

“I need you to get a hold of Augustus, Marcellus, and Cyrus first thing tomorrow morning and tell them we need a meeting. Just tell them the citizens are getting unruly. You may go get some sleep now. Thank you Emily.”

“Yes Mr Flint. Thank you. Goodnight sir.”

He sits back in his chair, hands under his chin, as he contemplates how to continue to keep control of this town until their production is done.


character inspiration for Reynard
picture is inspiration for Reynard

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Word Count is over 9,000!


Just popping in to say hi, hope you all are having a great weekend and to say that I have almost hit the 13k mark on my novel! Have a prologue even and am making some adjustments to my first chapter thanks to some amazing feedback from fellow writers/coach.  So things are trucking along good, breakthroughs are happening, and the story is coming to life one scene at a time!

Update, cinematic brain, non-writers, and readers


Hi all! Sorry it’s been awhile. I broke my pinkie toe, ran headfirst into Fiction Expedition with the amazing Debbie Burns, and have been working diligently on A Royal’s Undoing, the first book in my Vaedrathan Chronicles.

I have the first two chapters written, 3-4 scenes (the prompts I’ve shared) that will get put in when I get to their spots, have done a couple of ‘character sheets’/deep dives on my main players, and have notes all over the place.

Today I will be working on the prologue and starting the 3rd chapter, along with filling in more character info since some of them are finally starting to open up to me more LOL!

That is one thing that a lot of non-writers/non-creatives do not understand, and trying to explain it is even harder. Our art, characters, stories talk to us. A fellow writer and becoming a good friend told me today that she wished she had a ‘cinematic brain’ that a lot of us writers have. I told her it is not always a blessing as some of us that have this cinematic brain can’t turn it off so it creeps into our dreams / nightmares as well. Don’t get me wrong. I love being able to ‘see’ my scenes, but it would be nice if I had an off switch for it sometimes. I also wish that ‘seeing’ these scenes gave me a better ability to write it out.

Another thing that most non-writers don’t get. We put a LOT of work into our books. We don’t just sit down and have it all flow out perfectly the first time!  It takes a TON of research to get the right colors, scenes, clothing/armor/weapons, political bullshit, etc done right. We have to watch our grammar and create believable characters. And our muses don’t always want to cooperate with us. There are days when I can’t get anything down on paper. There are days when I can crank out almost 2,000 words. Then there are days when all I can do is work on my world or a character or two in that world.

This is why we ask for opinions. This is why we ask for reviews. We work very hard to give readers great stories to bury themselves in and we like to know that people are enjoying (or even hating) what we write. Not everyone will like what we write, and that’s OKAY. Because there ARE people that love what we write. People that ask us if there is going to be more. Will there be a series? When they tell us they love the scenes we ‘painted’ it makes our day. We love hearing that our readers love/hate certain characters and why.

So next time you read a book/short story/poem, make sure you let the author know what you think. If you liked it, PLEASE tell us. If you didn’t like it, don’t be rude about it. Let us know with constructive criticism or just tell us it’s not your thing and then move on to things that ARE your thing. We appreciate all the feedback as long as you aren’t being an ass about it.

Hope you all have a blessed day!


New pen name and story brain dump

As I’m sure you all have noticed I have changed my name on here. Being as I write different genres, I decided to have a pen name to differentiate between my kids books and the rest of my writings and after discussing with hubby and soul sisters, we came up with Cyn A. Snow. Cyn, being short for Cynthia/Cyndi, A- my middle initial, and Snow, which is my mother’s maiden name. This way I still have my actual name, it’s just a little different. Let me know what you think down in the comments!

Now. I am in a 6 month writing intensive, as I’ve discussed and during our first week which started Sunday, we have to do what’s called a Story Brain Dump. It helps us go over important things in the story to make sure we have all the components sorted and to write out anything else that pops up that we feel is important to the story.  SO far, my favorite part that I’ve done is the “What is the world like?” and I’m going to share what I’ve written for it so far and maybe will share what I add later but we’ll see as I don’t want to give away too much hehe!

And away we go! Enjoy and again, make sure you let me know what you think in the comments! I love getting suggestions or hearing other’s thoughts on what I write. Helps make my writing better. Thank you!

#StoryBrainDump #FE

“What’s the world like?”

My world is a hidden realm called Vaedrathan nestled in the northwestern part of England. It is filled with elves of different flavors, dwarves that mine the most beautiful of gemstones & build fantastic cites, orcs that rule the desert with blood and lightning, and mysterious ruins that are rumored to be overrun with the undead.

*Here is my map that I made on — rough idea of Vaedrathan at the moment*


Outline and World Building!


142 words tonight.

Doesn’t seem like a lot to some, but being as it’s an outline to help me set up/flesh out the world of Vaedrathan as I know it right now, it is a lot. Plus, it got typed into my app on my phone, then hand-written into a notebook, then typed into Google docs.

Pretty excited as I know more about this world than my other ones, so that definitely tells me that this is THE book. Can’t wait to really dive into it when Fiction Expedition starts with the AMAZING FANTASTICAL Head Unicorn Debbie Burns !!!

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Work work work!



Lots of stuff going on in ‘Behind the Headlines’!  Towns/cities being populated / built up, story angle going sideways, and characters are changing to human instead of anthro due to where story line is going and concern about easier flow of story.

Thank goodness this is a first draft and I can shift things early before I really get going on the story.

So on that note..I’m gonna give y’all a little bit of a teaser! Yay for teasers!

“Seems Mr. Bennett made sure that Leo, uhh…Mr. Covaci saw your interview, Miss Andrews,” her boss says as he moves back behind his desk.

“And I am very impressed. Very impressed,” he gives Suzie a crooked smile. “That is why I am here, Miss Andrews. I am in need of a good journalist. Sadly, Rivenpoint lacks actual journalists,” he rolls his eyes and lights up a cigarette. “Ya see, the people I employ prefer writing about gossip, food, and the next wedding instead of real news.” He grins over at Benny then looks back at Suzie.

“So, I have asked Benny here if I could borrow ya for a bit. Ya see, I have some peoples I need interviewed and you, my new friend, are just who I am lookin’ for!” He gives her a big grin with a wicked glint in his eyes.

Suzie just stares at him, then at Mr. Pindergast, then back at Mr. Covaci. “Are you..”she swallows, “Are you serious? You…you do know I am not old enough to leave town yet?”

“OH yea. I am aware we haf’ta wait a week til you are of age and such, but you is worth waitin’ for!” While Suzie stands there dumbfounded, Leopold looks over at Benny and gives him a sly wink and hands him an envelope. “This should cover whatever she’ll need and then some!”

He holds his hand out to Suzie again. “I look forward to seein’ ya in Rivenpoint in 3 weeks, Miss Andrews! You can even bring a friend or two so they can enjoy our city as well.”

Suzie shakes his hand, the look of shock still on her face. She shakes her head once she realizes his hand is in hers again. “Oh! Yes Mr. Covaci! I will be there. I shall send a note when we are on our way! Thank you so very much for this opportunity!”

Leopold snickers quietly but smiles at Suzie. “No problem! Thank you for accepting! Oh and please, call me Leo.” He gives them a slight bow and walks out, doing a little jig before he gets into the elevator.

Suzie turns to Benny, still stunned somewhat. “Did you know Mr. Bennett did this? And I really hope my folks will be ok with this!”

Benny looks at her, not a worry on his face, as his fingers play with the wad of cash that was in the envelope Leo handed him.

“I have no doubts they will let you go. Especially when they find out that all your expenses are paid, you will have play money, AND I’m giving you a raise on top of that!”

He grins and waves her away. “Now go find something to report for tomorrow’s paper. We’ll talk about this more once you have turned 16 next week and we can plan your trip. Also decide who you wish to take with you, although I am sure Sally will be going with you.” He laughs and goes back to counting the money on his desk.

Suzie nods. “Of course sir! Thank you for this! I promise I won’t let you down!”

As she practically runs out of his office, Benny mutters to himself, “Let’s hope not. The organization doesn’t take kindly to screw-ups.”

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