Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Cornelia Conti

Cornelia Conti from The Elydian Dawn series  Character Post 23

Cornelia Conti is in her thirties when we first meet her, an earnest acolyte of a company known as Outward-Bound. With Terra's population poised to spread out from the old home, Cornelia believes implicitly in Outward-Bound's plans to send a thousand colonists off on a long multi-generational voyage. 
An only child, born in around 2221, Cornelia grew up quiet and seemingly compliant. She was an observer rather than a doer, and although she was involved in the selection process of the colonists, it never occurred to her to want to apply herself. Being one of twenty-four board members gave her anonymity while still preserving the illusion of importance. That suited Cornelia, but by the time she became aware of this tendency it was too late. 
She allowed herself to be persuaded by a stronger voice into a decision she didn't believe in and then got on with her life on the sidelines. 
At fifty-three, Cornelia has a cat  named Twiskers, and lives peacefully alone. She enjoys embroidery, reading and classical music, and wears quiet and understated clothing. The only thing that makes her stand out is her hair, which is uniformly grey. Cornelia has gone to a lot of trouble to find a shampoo that allows her natural colouring to stay unmodified. This small rebellion is typical of her. 
So, there she is, quietly middle-aged and unremarkable... and then her world is turned upside down. 


Sally is Sally Odgers; author, manuscript assessor, editor, anthologist and reader. She runs http://www.affordablemanuscriptassessments.com and Prints Charming Books. (Sally is me, by the way, and I am lots of other things too, but these are the relevant ones for now.)

The goal for 2017 was to write a post a day profiling the background behind one of my books; how it came to be written, what it's about, and any things of note that happened along the way. If you're an author, an aspiring author, a reader or just someone who enjoys windows into worlds, you might find this fun. The books are not in any special order, but will be assigned approximate dates, and pictures, where they exist. 2017 is now behind us, but I ran out of year before running out of books. As of February 18th 2018 I STILL haven't run out of books, but many of those still to come are MIA by which I mean I don't have copies and remember little about them. There are more new books to come, and I'll certainly showcase those, but in between times, I'm profiling some of my characters, just for a change. Thank you so much to everyone who's come along on this journey so far!

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