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Five Things About Jerry

Continuing the five things about characters meme, Dr. Jerry Ballard from Lost Things!

1. Jerry's full name is Jeremiah. He's originally from Baltimore, Maryland, and his extremely difficult early life will be told in Wind Raker, which is coming out this fall. Jerry attended Harvard College on a full scholarship and graduated in 1909. He earned his doctorate at the University of Chicago. The "Dr. Ravenwood" he makes brief reference to is an aside to Raiders of the Lost Ark fans, as Dr. Ravenwood from the University of Chicago is Marion Ravenwood's deceased father.

2. Jerry is a Classicist in the field of archaeology, specializing particularly in Hellenistic syncretism. (Which oddly enough is a favorite topic of mine!) He was in Alexandria for the 1912/1913 season, as well as on several other digs in the Middle East before the Great War. The statue he talks about in Silver Bullet, the Lochias Kouros, previously made an appearance in Stealing Fire, and while the Alabaster Tomb discovered in 1909 is a real tomb, it is also the tomb of Lydias and his family in Hand of Isis.

3. Gil wasn't Jerry's first lover, but he was Jerry's first serious relationship. Until Wind Raker, he was Jerry's only serious relationship. Jerry is very emotionally cautious as a result of his early life, and it took the immediacy of war to get him to give his heart without reservation. It's going to take him a long time to have that kind of emotional intimacy again.

4. Jerry was originally named for my grandmother's brother Jerry, and for Daniel Jackson's archaeologist grandfather on SG-1. Readers keep telling me that they imagine Jerry looking like Canadian actor Peter Wingfield. That wasn't in my head to start with, but now I can't see anyone else!

5. Magically, Jerry has water affinity, as he's a Cancer born in July, 1887. Mutable, but strong. Water can be poured into any shape, evaporated and recondensed, frozen and thawed, and it's still itself. It may look different, inside a cube, inside a bowl, inside a pipe, but it's fundamentally the same. Water can't be broken. It can only be temporarily changed. In Oath Bound, we'll see Jerry coming into his own magically.

If you'd like to meet Jerry and the rest of the Lost Things gang for free, drop me a line in comments! I still have two more free download codes!


( 6 comments — Leave a comment )
Sep. 25th, 2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
I'd take a code. I have the books in paperback but none in ebook.
:D Will you do Mitch, too? PLEASE?
Sep. 26th, 2014 10:30 am (UTC)
Ok, I just did Mitch! I'll private message you the code.
Sep. 26th, 2014 08:57 am (UTC)
Seconding the call for Five Things About Mitch!
I already have the Lost Things ebook, so I don't need a code; I just wanted to say that I'm enjoying these posts.
Sep. 26th, 2014 10:38 am (UTC)
Thank you! I'm enjoying doing them.

I just put Mitch's up!
Sep. 26th, 2014 11:59 am (UTC)
Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee thank you!!!
Sep. 26th, 2014 02:37 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!
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