Well, the time has come for you to meet the other main character in my NaNoWriMo project this year. So far, I’ve given you the plot, the first excerpt, details on the primary protagonist: Dianna Testa, and the second excerpt. Now it’s time to meet the secondary protagonist. Though the story is told through Dianna’s eyes, Michael is who the story is really about. He is a difficult character for me to write, but I’ve had a lot of fun doing so. Again, this is a very long character profile condensed to just a few main points that you may find interesting.
Meet Michael Vadaren, the secondary protagonist of Written in Silence.
Meet Michael Vadaren
Name: Michael William Vadaren
Nickname: Mike, Mikey, Silent Mike (classmates)
Hair: Lightly curly, short, and black
Skin: Olive (Italian)
Favorite color: Red
Favorite Music: Classical
Food: Hamburgers and French fries
Likes: Silence, dogs, writing, reading, his family, his friends, ice cream, soft and wordless music, eating, playing pranks, movies, and chocolate
Dislikes: Talking, fire, roasted duck, people who never shut up, and Aquaman comics
Most prized possession: His introduction paper
Why?: It’s a paper he uses to introduce himself to people, he wrote it when he was eight, and has used the same paper ever since.
Personality flaws: Stubborn, distrusting, and sarcastic
Personality strengths: Listens, strong willed, fiery spirit, gifted communicator through other venues besides speaking
Michael is an average 16-year-old teenage guy. However, Micheal doesn’t talk, he does this by choice. He hasn’t said a word since he was 5-years-old. When he was 5, his parents were killed in a house fire that nearly killed him, but he was rescued and placed up for adoption. He was adopted by the Vadaren family and was taken good care of. Doctors said that he most likely wasn’t talking due to a mixture of trauma and smoke inhalation. But after a while, it was clear that he was fine physically, except for the burn scars on his left leg, but he still wasn’t talking. He began to communicate with hand gestures (not sign language) and written word. When he was older, his adoptive parents brought him to a counselor to help him get over the death of his parents. When Michael was 8, he expressed a desire not to go to counseling anymore. He told (wrote) his dad that he was over his parent’s death, and barely remembered his life from before that day. He told him that he didn’t talk because he had nothing to say. He lives a normal teenage life, he just doesn’t talk, which gets him made fun of at school. He doesn’t really like it when people talk too much. He isn’t understood by most people; his parents and sister, Isabel, understand him the most. His dream is to become a historian and write historical books.
After the story begins, he becomes good friends with the primary protagonist, Dianna, and eventually falls in love with her. She’s one of the only people who understands him just as well as his family does…even if she does talk too much. When Michael’s adoptive family is killed by the villain of the story, he is thrown into a world that requires him to have a voice, and with Dianna’s help, he finds one, while discovering who he is, as well as who he was before his birth parents were killed.
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There ya have it, the next character I’ll go into is the villain.
Current word count for Written in Silence: 39,161/50,000!
Andrew Ronzino, A Guy Who Ate Pizza While Writing This