Wednesday, April 29, 2015

The WOVEN A to Z Challenge: Y is for Yalva!

I dedicate this A to Z Challenge to Tina Downey, one of the A to Z Challenge founders and one of the brightest bloggers who sadly left us last year. Harder still, she was in a secret support group that I'm part of. The best way I can honor Tina, who was excited about and never had the opportunity to read my debut, I've teamed up with Father Dragon to present short bios and character portraits from Woven. I'll write the bios and all art is created by Al Diaz. I hope you enjoy this visual tribute to our friend, Tina.

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Y is for Yalva

The father of King Lennart, remembered by many as a benevolent monarch, Yalva met an untimely death years ago. His son's reluctance to uphold the throne has caused Yalva to remain as a ghost in the kingdom, a ghost that no one has seen for decades. If only his son (or Princess Tyra, his granddaughter) would take his mantle and rule Avërand with honor, Yalva's ghost will finally be able to move on.

Tomorrow: Z is for Zack

To learn more about Woven, please visit

I'm David, and "she can help you, but only if you protect her."


  1. He certainly looks like a king. :)

  2. Great character and similarly great drawing.

  3. Great drawing yet again. Al is really talented. :-)

    Feel sorry for Yalva, though. Not moving on seems a terrible fate.

  4. I loved Yalva. I seem to have gotten to love all the dead characters in the story...

  5. Great drawing! He does look very kingly :)

    Rachel Pattinson
    Rachel's Ramblings - Full of writing, tea and cake

  6. You don't have to be alive to be a character. You've proven that!

  7. I agree with C. Lee! Your book left me wanting more! Lisa, co-host AtoZ 2015, @

  8. There's nothing like a reluctant heir to make you rest uneasily.

  9. Aww come on, let the poor ghost cross over. =)

    ~Patricia Lynne aka Patricia Josephine~
    Member of C. Lee's Muffin Commando Squad
    Story Dam
    Patricia Lynne, Indie Author

  10. Oh no! It sucks when the ghost lingers due to events out of its control.

  11. Oh he sounds like a noble ghost who needs to be able to leave the in between world. Love the illustrations (all of them)

  12. Yalva sounds like he's being a typical dad, riding his son's rear. Right? Wonderful illustrations, David.