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Who the heck is David Heiland?
He’s this guy…
Okay, okay. You’re right. It’s not. This is Zac Efron, but if I could cast my MC, David, from my novel, In the Shadow of the Dragon King, this is what he would look like. Hot, right?
But what makes my Zac Efron look-alike so special?
David was born March 31 and is 16, almost 17 years old, extremely wealthy and lives with his godmother, Lily. His father, Edward, was a fighter pilot. Unfortunately, he died in a training mission over the Gulf of Mexico 3 months before David was born. His mother, Jillian, died from complications after David’s birth.
David lives in an 1860’s mansion in Havendale, Tennessee, located not far from Bristol, and his favorite ride out of four cars is the steel-blue 1967 Shelby Mustang GT500 his father left him.
He is a champion archer and State track star and longs to be a fighter pilot like his dad when he grows up. His favorite subject is history, and finds Geometry a complete waste of time. He’s an honor student, and holds multiple National academic awards. He loves to read, draw and play his guitar. His choice of music: classic rock and roll from the ‘60s and ‘70s. He broke his left leg while running in a track competition when he was 15. The injury still causes occasional problems.
His best friend is Charlotte and he would do anything to keep her from harm. His greatest fear is losing her from his life. He is not in love with her. Their friendship is strictly platonic.
He is cunning and mentally alert. He listens to conversations and picks up subliminal meanings. He remembers things easily and has a photographic memory, especially when it comes to minor details. Intuitive. He can articulate well. He has lots of energy he’s a great organizer and a determined fighter. He’s a great adversary, especially of mind. Dramatic. Tough on the outside, soft on the inside. Charming. Stylish. He likes being alone. Doesn’t like ‘socializing’ or adulation from teachers for doing what he loves to do, but he does like taking control and being a leader.
He has a need to make things ‘right’. He can’t stand disorder. He always has to win, to succeed in everything he does. Must be the one to take initiative, but needs backup once the ball gets rolling. Needs to help others, especially without them knowing.
On the downside, he is short-tempered, stubborn, with childlike tendency to see things from his own point of view and to express himself as he sees things in an innocent and youthful way. While some might see this as being self-absorbed or even selfish, he sees it as being honest and expressing his true thoughts and feelings and doing what he thinks is right.
He runs his fingers through his hair a lot, bites his fingernails and grits his teeth when nervous or angry. He’s a klutz in spite of being a state track champion and he mumbles in his sleep.
He has to make his bed every day. Papers have to be stacked neatly and in piles of similar size. i.e. large pieces of mail together, letters stacked together, postcards stacked together. His clothes are color-coded in his closet and are on color-coded hangers. He flips out if anything is out-of-place.
His greatest weakness: he’s quick to judge. Quick tempered. Easily bored, even with his own concepts, and tends to wander off. He will sometimes sit back and let others have their way. He can be bull-headed, obstinate and doesn’t like being told what to do. He’s impatient, aggressive but also needs reassurance he’s doing the right thing. He’s two dimensional. He doesn’t see all sides or all aspects, leaving him open to physical and verbal attacks.
He’s taken down a peg or two when he is thrust into the care of Sir Trogsdill Domnall, a highly respected and lethal knight of the kingdom of Hirth. David is irritated by Trog’s methods of teaching, but when David comes face to face with a sorcerer and a dragon that are determined to murder him, David soon realizes Trog may not be such a bad teacher after all.