A Character Study of Eden DellaLuna, Heroine of Muse Warrior

A Character Study of Eden DellaLuna, Heroine of Muse Warrior

Eden DellaLuna is an artistic, somewhat introverted 15-year-old from San Diego, California. Growing up without a mother, she has always felt like she's missing some piece of herself. Art is her passion and she'd prefer a quiet day alone, sketching and painting, than most anything. Thrown into the disorienting realm of Naples, Italy, she struggles with unsettling nightmares, new languages (both modern and ancient), visions of the Gods and Muses, and learning to trust her intuition despite her fears. 

When I began writing Muse Warrior, I relied upon memories of my own teenage years as a navy brat in Naples, Italy. Quickly, however, Eden morphed into someone different than I'd been. There were similarities: an older brother who was also a good friend to me, a father who was a fire chief, friends named Maya and Valeria in my art class, a spot on the volleyball team, a four-letter first name.

Inspiration picture: When I started writing Muse Warrior, I came across this image of a girl in Lucky Magazine who seemed to have the same Mediterranean features and artistic look that I imagined for Eden DellaLuna. I *don't* picture Eden as being a model or as polished as this photograph, but it was a start for me.

Inspiration picture: When I started writing Muse Warrior, I came across this image of a girl in Lucky Magazine who seemed to have the same Mediterranean features and artistic look that I imagined for Eden DellaLuna. I *don't* picture Eden as being a model or as polished as this photograph, but it was a start for me.

But it's our differences that make Eden fun to write. I'm close with my mother (who is very much alive, thank you very much), don't have purple hair (not yet anyway), love words more than drawing or painting, and, in spite of my love for volleyball, was the sort of player whose value was measured in warm benches rather than points scored.

An imagined page from one of Eden's early art journals, likely Notebook 11 or 12.

An imagined page from one of Eden's early art journals, likely Notebook 11 or 12.

I also like Eden's story of sadness and self-doubt, how she buries herself in her journal to explore her feelings through art. It's something I do when I write; instead of following a spark of light around a page, I try to trap the essence of an image or a moment within the parameters of language. I'm not always successful, but it's the journey of trying to communicate that intrigues me.

As the series moves forward, I'm eager to reveal more of Eden's secrets and powers, in both the mythological realm and that of mortals.

I Never Thought I Was Special... An Excerpt from Muse Warrior

I Never Thought I Was Special... An Excerpt from Muse Warrior