From Firewalker to Firebinder: Character Creation

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There is a place in the Philippines called Alfonso in Cavite where they have a tradition of fire walking.

I became interested in this practice primarily because I couldn’t see myself walking through fire. Just the thought of incredible heat touching my skin set my imagination running wild and my feet seeking the cooler confines of a cold bed or the bathtub.

The Philippines isn’t the only country with this kind of tradition. There are the Firewalkers of Beqa Island in Fiji and even Firewalkers from Bulgaria. Which begs the question, did they at one point in history come from one group of firewalkers who brought the tradition with them when they started forming communities?

This became my inspiration for the creation of the Firebinder. My firebinders do not walk on fire or hot coals. They’re blood is infused with fire. Literally. This fire calls the disease out of a person to heal them, but they must be near earth so that they can embed the disease into the ground where it is destroyed. Faith Hannah, Zac’s mate is a Firebinder. So are Marek, Lia, Rogue…

and now Fleur.

So If you want to know more about my Firebinders, you can start with Firebinders:Marek and you’ll read where they came from.

Published by Isobelle Cate

Isobelle Cate is a woman who wears different masks. Mother-writer, wife-professional, scholar-novelist. Currently living in Manchester, she has been drawn to the little known, the secret stories, about the people and the nations: the English, the Irish, the Scots, the Welsh, and those who are now part of these nations whatever their origins. Her vision and passion are fuelled by her interest and background in history and paradoxically, shaped by growing up in a clan steeped in lore, loyalty, and legend. Isobelle is intrigued by forces that simmer beneath the surface of these cultures, the hidden passions, unsaid desires, and yearnings unfulfilled.

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