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 potential 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!

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10 Responses to Character Spotlight ~ Elizabeth White’s Gilly Kincade & Jacob Ferrar plus Aussie Giveaway

  1. southeastcountrywife

    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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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.

  5. 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!

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

    Please enter me!

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

  8. 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!

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

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

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