Monday, December 6, 2021

Character Profile Sheet for Eva from Maria J. Andrade's ‘Defiance and Redemption: A Lifetime of Unbroken Bonds’

Years ago (and still applies today), the experts were telling fiction writers that in order to really know their main character, they must come up with a character profile sheet for them and definitely applies to all your characters as well.  This is a good practice because once you know all the ins and outs of all your characters, the book flows better and allows the author to get inside the head of each of their characters.

We decided to ask authors if they would like to come up with a character sketch of their main character, throwing in a few unique questions to make it really fun!

Today we have Maria J. Andrade stopping by on her blog tour with a character sketch of her main character, Eva.  Enjoy!


Learn more about Eva!


Name of Character: Eva Alisio

Age: 18

Eye Color: Green

Hair Color: Auburn

Birthplace: Ecuador, South America

Marital Status:   Single

Children: two

Place of Residence:  Guayaquil, Ecuador

Description of Home:  Two story home with five bedrooms

Dominant Character Trait: Brave

Best Friend: Marta

Enemies and Why:  Society, culture, religion of the early 20th Century

determined and limited women’s roles and their future. A time of oppression for females around the world. Even in the 21st Century many of those oppressive perspectives still exist which makes Eva’s story as pertinent today as it was 100 years ago!

Temperament: Fiery

Ambition: To determine her future and find greater freedom for her daughters.

Educational Background: High School – women in that time of history were not offered higher education because their goal was marriage.

Philosophy of Life: Women must stand up to injustice and have their voices heard to change the misogynistic, racist, socially elitist, and economic disparity, which limits their lives and their future.

Bad Habits: Impulsive

Talents: Independent thinker, good at articulating her ideas, inspirational and fun- loving, a good dancer

Hobby or Hobbies:  Tango dancer, reading

Why is Character Likeable?  Eva is a strong female character with a funny sense of humor, mischievous, intelligent, and brave. Even though she is an adolescent she makes her own counter-culture decisions and redeems herself and her future.

Favorite Pig Out Food:  Not a focus in this novel


Character Mini-Interview:

Every New Year’s I resolve to: Do one more thing to stand up to restrictive views of how women ought to live.

Nobody knows I am: A very passionate and romantic woman obsessed with Eduardo Velasquez. I am willing to face scandal and even be catapulted out of high society for the love of this man!

I wish: I had the freedom to choose to keep my baby even though it will be born out of wedlock, without facing scandal, disgrace, and abandonment.

The worse part of my life is:  The shame and the rejection I endure because of loving someone who I cannot forget. This started when I was sixteen!

I want to teach my children that: They have the right to choose their own path in life. I want them to believe in themselves.

A good time for me is: Was when my sister, best friend, and I, made our plans to go to America to find new opportunities for women!

The worse advice my father gave me is: My father died when I was an infant. My grandfather who raised me, tells my sister Victoria and I, that life is like a roller coaster ride. Sometimes things are great, and you feel the joy of the heights. Sometimes, you will also face overwhelming downturns. “Hold on tight because everything passes.” This will be a hard lesson for us to learn. My sister and I, and our lifelong friend, Marta, will be challenged by love, passion, scandal, and the loss of fortune, before we can attain our hard-earned freedom.

When I feel sorry for myself I: Pray that God will help guide me and forgive me for my poor judgments. I fantasize about a better world in the future.

My friends like me because:  I am courageous and inspire them to stand up to injustice.

My major accomplishment is: I become a woman who has the integrity and independence to determine my own life and my daughters will have an equally redeemable future!

My most humbling experience was: When I was rejected and seen by my family, friends, and society, as a pariah, someone who was disgraceful and to be avoided.


Meet the Author

Maria J. Andrade
 was born in Ecuador, South America, and raised in New York and California. She has a bachelor of arts degree in English literature and a master’s degree in Counseling Psychology. As a licensed therapist and writer, Maria has been diving into other people’s minds and her own, through dreams, poetry, and books for over three decades. She traveled with the Four Winds Society where she studied and was initiated into Andean shamanism in 1990.

Before Maria retired as a therapist, she specialized in women’s issues and founded the Wise Women’s Circle a ritualistic and transpersonal study group that continues today. The women support each other through life’s challenges and in the growth of mind, body, and spirit.

Maria Andrade’s books for children and adults is found in a variety of genres. This is an unforgettable first novel that reflects her imagination and creative storytelling.

Defiance and Redemption is her latest release.

Visit her website at or connect with her on FacebookTwitter and Goodreads.

Inside the Book

Author: Maria J. Andrade
Publisher: Clara Publishing
Pages: 250
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Historical Fiction/Magical Realism

Based on a true story, Defiance and Redemption, A Lifetime of Unbroken Bonds, brings to life the joys, dramas, and triumphs of two sisters, Eva and Victoria Alisio and their loyal friend Marta. The sisters are raised by their atheist Grandfather Marcus and religious Grandmother Maria Luisa. Eva, a proud and strong-willed young woman defies her family, society, and culture, faces scandal and disgrace, for her forbidden love affair. Victoria finds herself in the center of a multigenerational conflict as her benefactor bestows a great inheritance on her excluding the rightful heirs. Marta, loyal to the childhood bond with the Alisio sisters, brings humor and support to their twists and turns of fortune. The young women’s bond of love, and perseverance, carries them through ordinary and extraordinary losses, triumphs, and ultimately to their destiny in the United States.

An important novel about 20th Century women, Defiance and Redemption, is an absorbing epic that moves through decades and destinies. It blends personal and historical events into a collective tale of self-determination, love, and sisterhood.


“This book is an engrossing page turner which will pull you in and keep you cheering for your favorite actors until the very end! Defiance and Redemption is a unique book that tells a story that is both particular to a given time in Ecuador, but also universal in its themes of love, betrayal and survival.” – Nancy Mintie, Founder of Uncommon Good

“Reading Defiance and Redemption reminded me of a distant time when I read Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel Garcia Marquez and Like Water for Chocolate by Laura Esquivel. Like these writers, Maria Andrade took me through a captivating journey of love and deep passion. Being gripped by the strong emotions that the characters possess and what they did in the end moved me profoundly.” – Maria Donovan, Retired Verizon Executive

“In Defiance and Redemption, Maria Andrade weaves together history, biography, and fiction into a romantic love and a story of three women that defy the ability of patriarchal culture to define them. We see the young women grow up to rise above the shame that tries to silence and limit them. They learn to find their voices and make sacrifices to be true to themselves as women. They leave behind all that they knew to make a better life for themselves and their daughters. This is a book to remind women of all ages where we came from, and what it took to break out and thrive nearly a century ago. Women like these paved the way for all who came after and have the rights we have today.” – Nancy Poitou, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist


Spirituality for Badasses and 21 Days blossomed out J. Stewart’s life as a spiritual seeker, finder and teacher. He teaches based on his direct experience, twenty-nine years of interaction with numerous nonduality-advaita-zen-unorthodox teachers, his ongoing education / certification in modern mindfulness and a degree in communications / engineering from Syracuse University.

He has been interviewed by Rick Archer on Buddha at the Gas Pump, was the meditation editor of the mind/body/spirit blog All Things Healing, was a board member of Sevenoaks Retreat Center (a nondenominational spiritual retreat center in Madison, VA) and is the owner/founder of a tech design -install firm called Charlottesville Audio Visual Services.

J. Stewart Dixon has been a very creative individual for most of his life. In addition to two self-published books, he has written and produced a rock musical, has two professionally produced and recorded CDs with his former band Alchemy and has dabbled in abstract art.

He lives in central Virginia with his family. When he’s not working or creating he can be found cavorting with the fish, bears, and bald eagles on the local rivers with a fly rod in his hand.

His latest book is Spirituality for Badasses: How to Find Inner Peace and Happiness Without Losing Your Cool.

Visit his website at or connect with him on Facebook.

Can you tell us what your book is about?

Spirituality for Badasses is a non-religious approach to discovering the spectrum of awareness, told through the POV of the author while accompanying you, the reader through a series of adventure travel destinations and experiences. There are numerous how-to exercises. There is cursing. There is humor. There are sobering opinions offered about honesty, shadow, ego, mind, depression and many of the typical obstacles that prevent us from discovering our genuine, unique "spiritual badass" natures.

Why did you write your book?

Ever see one of the info-graphics divided into 3 parts- skill, passion and market? …They meet and combine in the center and that’s where your purpose or destiny lies ?   That’s why I wrote this book.  I was destined to write a best-selling, award-winning potty-mouthed self-help book. Yep. Go figure.

What kind of message is your book trying to tell your readers?

Finding your own inner spiritual badass nature can change your life for the better…and you can do it without losing your cool- no saintly, new-age, incense burning, crystal-chakra tuning theatrics required.

Who influenced you to write your book?

Mark Manson, the international best-selling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a FUCK.

Jed McKenna, the underground, niche best-selling author of Enlightenment- The Damnedest Thing.

Is it hard to publish a nonfiction book?

Technically no: Write it. Edit it. Upload it to Amazon. Published. Done.

Theoretically Yes- you gotta 100% practice what you preach.

Which author(s) do you admire?

Mark Manson, the international best-selling author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving a FUCK.

Jed McKenna, the underground, niche best-selling author of Enlightenment- The Damnedest Thing.

What would you do with an extra hour today if you could do anything you wanted?

Go fly-fishing.

Which holiday is your favorite and why?

4th of July-

The fourth of July has always been my favorite holiday for a number of reasons:

1. Everything in nature is in the peak of green and bloom.

2. It’s hot out.

3. There’s some really good fishing.

4.  There’s some really good swimming– in lakes and rivers of course. (Pools are okay but nowhere near as nice)

5. We’re at the half-way point of the year- so it’s all down hill from here (LOL- whatever that means) 

6. I love fireworks, both the large ka-boom type and the small snap-crackle type. 

7. And finally:  It’s Independence Day– and in a superficial outward way at least, we’re all celebrating what it means to be independent and free…

If we were to meet for lunch to talk books, where would we go?

Any restaurant in downtown Charlottesville, VA

What do you like to do for fun?

Go Fly-fishing.

What do you like the most about being an author?

Well, my previous job was physically demanding and exhausting.

This job is creative and fun (most of the time) so it’s a hella-of-a-lot better.

What kind of advice would you give other non-fiction authors?

Ever see one of the info-graphics divided into 3 parts- skill, passion and market? …They meet and combine in the center and that’s where your purpose or destiny lies ?   If you wish to be a successful non-fiction author, you’d sure as hell need to exactly on-target with your purpose or- you will fail.




Create your professional roadmap to find the job you love or love the job you have…

By John Neral

YOUR MID-CAREER GPS, Nonfiction, LLH Publishing, 281 pp.

Are you considering a career change but doubt yourself or get easily overwhelmed by the entire process?

Are you a mid-career professional ready to level-up, but unsure of what steps to take?

What if there was an easy and supportive way to plan your next career destination?

Your Mid-Career GPS will guide you to create your own professional roadmap so you can find the job you love or love the job have. John Neral, Certified Professional Coach, will help you strategically position yourself in the marketplace while teaching you how to leverage your unique skills from a place of value and service for any organization.

Learn how to prepare, position, and promote yourself as you create a tactical and strategic plan by building Your Mid-Career GPS. Let this book be your guide to answer many of the current questions you have about creating your next advancement opportunity.


“This book is for those of you who feel like you know everything and nothing about what’s next, you can’t fathom writing yet another cover letter, and you wonder “why bother” when it comes to updating your résumé. If you are feeling alone on this journey, bring this book, and all of the insight and tools it contains, along with you. You will have John’s company along the path and you will be one step closer to finding your way!”–Natalie Siston, Best-selling author of Let Her Out: Reclaim Who You Have Always Been and Founder, Small Town Leadership

“John expertly guides readers through the trials, tribulations, and common pitfalls of mid-career professionals and managers. He also provides information on the effective career strategies and mindset needed to be successful. This book is a must read if you are looking for professional support and could use a career GPS! — Porschia Parker Griffin
Founder and CEO of Fly-High Coaching Millennial Coaching Institute

“LinkedIn is the most powerful tool to help you network, build professional relationships, learn, search for jobs, and much more. I always say if you are not on LinkedIn you might be left out. Your Mid-Career GPS provides valuable tips and guidance to help you navigate LinkedIn and start growing your network and create your next advancement opportunity.”— Rhonda L. SherLinkedIn Specialist, Author, Speaker

“I picked up this latest book after enjoying John Neral’s previous book, SHOW UP – Six Strategies to Lead a More Energetic and Impactful Career. In Your Mid-Career GPS, John Neral provides clear, actionable steps to put his six strategies into play quickly and effectively. I really enjoyed his conversational writing style as well. As a mid-career professional, I love that my cohort is the focus of his attention and expertise. He demonstrates throughout the book that he knows the benefits mid-career professionals bring to an organization and his thoughtful observations and exercises will help anyone define their professional value and market not only their skills but themselves. Reading and employing the strategies in this book can position you to be a more valuable resource to your current employer or challenge you to spread your wings and find your next, great career opportunity. The underlying message is one of empowerment and encouragement and that’s a message everyone can benefit from.”Victoria A. Bourgeois

In this book, I will ask you to define certain moments of your career. One of the most defining moments in my career happened in my 11
th year as a middle school mathematics teacher. I loved where I was working, the people I was working with, and I certainly had a fantastic time with the students I got to teach every year. One day, as I was beginning to teach a lesson on multiplying fractions, I looked at 25 students' faces staring back at me, and the voice in my head said, "You can't do this anymore." It was as if that voice came out of nowhere, but it was loud, and I needed to listen to it. I felt happy. I enjoyed what I was doing. But I wasn't satisfied knowing that this could be it for the rest of my career. I wasn't ready to settle. As I continued to deliver the lesson, I gave myself permission to question what I was doing with my career and why I wanted more from it. Have you ever had one of those moments?

What transpired over the next few months was an opportunity to honestly evaluate where my career was going and what I wanted. I had a fantastic consulting relationship with a Fortune 500 company along with a successful tutoring business outside of my teaching duties. I was learning that I wanted to shift my focus from teaching students to working with teachers. This would look like some kind of administrative position or an opportunity to level up, but I was unsure of what that was.

I talked to my closest friends and colleagues and told them I was considering making a significant career change. I had my résumé professionally written. I updated my LinkedIn profile. I started networking, looking for jobs, and sharpening my interviewing skills. And then the rejections came.

I got to several last-round interviews for a handful of positions that I not only wanted but also believed I would've been great at, only to learn I wasn't the selected candidate. If someone were kind enough to give me some honest feedback, I would hear things like, "You made it a difficult decision for us, but we went with someone who had more experience." These are comforting words amid disappointment and perhaps something you also have experienced recently.

My opportunity to make such a change came three years later, when I was 40. I accepted a position as a Professional Development Specialist for the District of Columbia Public Schools. In this role, I would work with and supervise 21 instructional coaches across 13 middle schools. I was going to help teachers be better teachers. I got the job I wanted and a fantastic opportunity to stretch and grow. While the job came with an advanced title, it also came with a pay cut. I relocated from New Jersey to Washington, D.C., for a professional and personal opportunity. My husband and I had been dating long distance for two years, and because he was happy with his job, I decided I would be the one to make a move since I was looking for a new job. Yes, you could say I made a move for love, but it was not only for the love of my husband but also for the love of my career. Relocating wasn't part of my plan, but it was a welcomed detour and new destination for my Mid-Career GPS.

That move over 10 years ago accelerated my career. It gave me opportunities I would have never had if I decided to stay in my previous position. I had an opportunity to work as an administrator in a larger and high-profile district. From there, I went to go work at the State Superintendent's Office. From that position, I leveled up to take a job at an educational nonprofit as a Training and Staffing Director. And then, I took an even bigger leap into entrepreneurship. I have never regretted any of these moves, and I continue to have an exciting career. I get to go to work every day. I get to coach amazing clients and help them figure out what's next for them professionally by helping them create their mid-career roadmap to find a job they love or love the job they have. I've launched two podcasts. The first is called #SHOWUP2020 and highlighted everyday people who do extraordinary things because of how they choose to SHOW UP. My second podcast is "The Mid-Career GPS Podcast," and it's an extension of this book. You can listen to it wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts.



is available at:

John Neral, MA, CPC reawakens, energizes, galvanizes, and innovates the mind think of employees, corporations, associations, and systems. A celebrated executive/career and professional development coach and in-demand, mindset-shifting public speaker, John’s professional walk included a 25-year career in education and a longstanding corporate consultant for Fortune 500 giant, Casio America, Inc. He now leads John Neral Coaching, LLC, one of the most progressive, mindset-shifting professional and organizational coaching and public speaking firms in the U.S. He is the author of Your Mid-Career GPS – Four Steps to Figuring Out What’s Next and SHOW UP – Six Strategies to Lead a More Energetic and Impactful Career and the host of “The Mid-Career GPS Podcast.”

As a Master Practitioner in the Energy Leadership Index, John’s experience has made him an impactful and valuable coach to his one-on-one and group coaching clients and organizations. With Energy Leadership™, John identifies where people perform at their optimal levels and when they are under stress. Combining the Energy Leadership™ principles, a client’s workplace strengths, and their “unique professional value,” John helps his clients create their career GPS so they can take action toward achieving their professional and personal goals.

A former church organ prodigy, John is an avid traveler–having sojourned to 5 of the 7 continents, a professional bowler and the winner of a Professional Bowlers’ Association Regional Title (2010), and a game-show fan, having appeared on previous episodes of GSN’s Chain Reaction and Make My Day. John is happily married and lives with his spouse and their rescue cat, Amy Farrah Meowler (named after the Big Bang Theory character), in the heart of Washington DC’s Dulles Technology Corridor, Tysons Corner, VA.

You can visit his website at or follow him at TwitterFacebook and Goodreads.


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