Today's heroine is Sekana, the main girl in Jurant. Below is a picture of a girl who looks a bit like her, except Sekana's hair (especially in the unpowered state she is at for most of the story) is very thin. Sekana is a character it's hard to find pictures for. The second girl is Julie, Don's sister. Julie's hair is a very short bob, but otherwise I love this girl's face and stance.
For a long time, Jurant has occupied a strange, almost creepy place among my stories. No one ever criticizes it. Since I’m a magnet for the argumentative, I’ve always been suspicious of Jurant’s quiet resilience. I’d grown to dislike the story, actually, because so many people praised it whose opinion I’d learned to find dubious. If they said anything else about my books, it was rarely true. So I was sure they couldn’t really like Jurant. Besides, who could really like such a boring story?
But after it was written I realized it did have a sneaky something—because Sekana does. People always mention Don, but never Sekana. And it’s the silent things that really get people’s deep attention. I wasn’t consciously working with any ideas from pop culture when I wrote it. I just closed my eyes and the story was there. But one of my friends said it reminded her of Star Wars and I have realized that’s true. But that just makes it weirder. Sekana isn’t the sort of person who appears in Star Wars. All the women are very brash, even at the risk of being bratty and childish. And very tomboyish as well. Sekana is introverted, cunning, unathletic, and in a world of her own. She’s far more like Elsa than like any SW woman and Elsa, as I saw on a Jedi Princesses picture, translated very poorly to Star Wars. She’s a Disney, not a galactic princess.
I had a brainwave of what might be interesting to people when I realized Sekana was bad. Writing it from Don’s POV, I entered his mind, and Don’s not very smart. He feels strongly, but it’s easy to overrule and fool him. But Sekana and her rebellious planet Rindon represent a bad element that Lord Haltyn fears has infested the military school. They’ve got a way of thinking—a worldview. They have beliefs that aren’t accepted and don’t belong. Sekana might seem vulnerable, a pawn of her parents, and shy. But she’s actually sneaky, incredibly stubborn, manipulative, and self-absorbed. She always seems to be up to something, something she’s sure is banned. So the basic idea of the story is that the Emperor sent Anakin (pre-Vader) to kick Elsa out of Star Wars. Sith often fight with each other and she is a kind who isn't organic to the world and doesn't belong.
I didn’t know whatever Elsa represents was even in Star Wars. It must have been deeply hidden. Anyway, whoever this interloper in Star Wars was, somebody found them and so I wrote about it. In the end Don accepts her worldview (symbolized by her healing of his sister) and moves with her family to Rindon. I wondered how that could be right. If Sekana is bad, shouldn’t she be shown as doing bad things instead of raising people from the dead? But the best way to really get rid of a Sith is to become an apprentice and play along. Because they’re Sith. The apprentice always destroys the master.
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7 books published and 3 more on the way. Farmer's daughter, LOTR fan, loves to read rather than talk about reading. Always has time to finish her WIP.