Finally got around to writing this! I wasn’t sure who to use for Cait and Sky's monthly linkup, and finally settled on the oldest brother in the family of 8 boys that appears in my novel. Tilmere Annor heads up the rebellion my heroine Lilly encounters when she and her brother Gabe are transported to Tilmere’s world. He’s a man with a heavy weight to carry, but he can have a big heart, even if he doesn’t always show it. His childhood, as we’ll be exploring below, will demonstrate why.
1. What is their first childhood memory?
Learning how to swim. Tilmere lived right by the ocean (his father owned a successful overseas trading business), and so he and his brothers all learned how to swim at a very early age. Tilmere would remember his father taking him out into the water and teaching him to swim.
2. What were their best and worst childhood experiences?
Best experiences might be becoming a big brother. He has seven younger brothers, and every one’s arrival was probably an exciting day for him. That, or accompanying his father to the docks on a work day.
Worst would be the day he found his father and mother dead in the streets. :( One of his littlest brothers had sneaked out of the house, and Tilmere went after him. This was during the first rebellion, which his parents began, and the emperor (king at that time) had personally come to the little city they lived in (at that point they had moved further inland) and killed both of Tilmere’s parents. He found their bodies shortly after they had been killed.
3. What was their childhood home like?
Very cheerful, and also very crowded. With seven other brothers it was crazy and chaotic a lot of the time, but full of laughter and smiles. And dancing. Tilmere’s parents would dance a lot, after the children were tucked in bed. But of course he and his brothers would sneak back down to watch. :3 Tilmere first lived in a coastal city, but after his parents began to form a rebel group against the then king, they moved to lived further inland, and their house was downsized. Thinking of it now I’m not sure why. Perhaps because of their new pursuits his father lost the business. I don’t know. o.O
4. What’s something that scared them as child?
After his parents died, Tilmere was terrified he wouldn’t be able to hold the household together, and that when he failed to do that, his brothers would be taken away from him. Even today he still has some of that fear, and he works himself hard to make ends meet and keep everything together.
5. Who did they look up to most?
His father, definitely. That man was his role model, and still is today. Tilmere learned a lot about being an honorable gentleman, and to stand up against things he believed to be wrong. Which is what he’s doing today. He’s finishing what his father and his mother began by going up against the emperor who committed murdered to gain the throne.
|(Needs brownish-blond hair. Image found via Pinterest.)|
6. Favourite and least favourite childhood foods?
Possibly anything leafy and green was not Tilmere’s favorite. His mother may have had a hard time trying to get him to eat those (and naturally as siblings came along they all follow big brother’s example. ;)). Favorite… cooked meat with spices, perhaps. I’m sure his mother (or their cook, depending on where they lived) made that often.
7. If they had their childhood again, would they change anything?
Absolutely he would. He would try to save his parents. He might not know how, but he would try.
8. What kind of child were they? Curious? Wild? Quiet? Devious?
Tilmere was quiet, but he was curious, too. He was eager to learn and be taught (at least by his father) and always tried to behave himself.
9. What was their relationship to their parents and siblings like?
Tilmere was very close to his parents, especially his father. He is also very close to his siblings. Tilmere and the second oldest brother, Rune, are especially close, and they’re kind of “the brains and the brawn” of the rebellion. Tilmere cares a lot for all of his brothers, but like a lot of siblings relationships, there are some moments of conflict. It didn’t show up when they were younger, but Tilmere and his youngest brother Tesmir rub each other the wrong way frequently. Tesmir finds all trouble and its cousin twice over, and it kind of drives Tilmere crazy. You can find out a little about all eight here.
10. What did they want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become?
He wanted to help his father’s business, perhaps even take over for his father one day. Now, Tilmere is a tutor for a couple of children belonging to the home of a wealthy family (in which is a young lady he kind of fancies. ;)). He also leads the revolution that occurs in the novel. After that… you’ll have to read to find out if anything comes after. ;)
What do you think of Tilmere? :D Do you have a character who might be good friends with him?