When I thought about Meagan as a character in “Conduit: The Beginning”, I wanted to show how a young woman would cope with the events that take place in the story.

Smart, pretty, and a bit selfish, Meagan must learn to adjust to the situation she’s been forced into. All her life, she has been able to rely on her looks and popularity but when life makes a sharp turn for her, she must learn to use her wits and recognize others for their true selves instead of their looks.

Meagan is the daughter of Maggie and Max and sister to Sam. She has always had the support of her family and is well loved. When tragedy strikes, Meagan is alone, without the support she’s always known.

Thankfully, there are those that can help her, yet there are also those that mean her harm and her journey will not be an easy one.

As I mentioned in my previous post, “Conduit: The Beginning”, while there are many good people in the story, it has its share of evil people as well.

Rick Marnell, is a troubled young man, and like Joe, has had bad childhood experiences. Starting at eight years old, Rick begins a downward spiral and is not happy unless he is surrounded by death and blood.

I enjoyed writing about Rick. I know; that sounds odd based on what I just wrote above. Rick is interesting character because I wanted to show Rick as a person that has an incredible dark side to him, but what he does, he does because he feels it is necessary.

Because of his history of being raised with an abusive and alcoholic father, Rick cannot tolerate evil people or people that he believes to be at fault in some way. As a result, he takes matters into his own hands, which, usually ends up with someone’s demise.

With the many good people in “Conduit: The Beginning”, there are quite a few evil characters as well. Joseph Baxter is a very evil person who enjoys seeing others suffrage.

Like many bad people, much of their behavior can be traced back to their childhood or events that took place in their pasts.

Joe is the son of Reverend Baxter who has an extreme dark side to which Joe is exposed to as a child and is forced to accept. Not only does he not receive any parental support from his father, but his mother, Belinda, is an abusive woman who only cares about her wealth and status in the community.

Joe is expected to take his fathers side and carry on his legacy to which Joe wants more then anything else. He grows to enjoy his family’s fame and wealth, all the while keeping his family’s dark secrets hidden from the community.

When I think of Joe as a personality, I think of these words: charismatic, smart, handsome, and a pillar of the community. Yet underneath the surface is where his true character is, and it’s not anything close to what his exterior shows. Joe has a dark story to tell and it’s only begun.