Character Spotlight: Meet Brandi Faythe from DARE

By now, you ought to be reading Tricia Mingerink’s new fantasy novel, Dare. Since you are reading it, of course, you’ll be excited to meet Brandi Faythe — the most loveable character from Dare in my opinion. Don’t forget to join Tricia’s Facebook Party where you’ll get to learn more about the book, the characters, and the author!


Relation to other characters: Renna’s younger sister

Appearance: Thirteen years old, 5’2” with red-blond hair and blue eyes.

Brandi Faythe

History: She was only nine when her parents died and has been raised by her Uncle Abel and Aunt Mara.

Character: She is bubbly, happy, and a people-person. She has good observation skills and tends to use those skills in her “schemes.” She always means well, but the others in her life are never sure what she might be up to. She has a firm faith and believes unswervingly in God’s power and grace.

Author’s Note: Brandi waltzed on the page and demanded to be written. When I started, I didn’t have much of an idea for her besides the role of Renna’s little sister. Then Brandi came on screen and took over. Most of the time I wasn’t sure what would pop out of her mouth until I wrote it. But that’s what made her so fun to write. When I wasn’t sure where to take a scene, I’d add Brandi into it and see what happened. Some of the best scenes came about that way.

Brandi also got more of an attitude in the later drafts. When I first wrote her, I thought she was about nine years old. Then as she interacted with Leith, I realized that she needed to be older. In the later drafts, I focused on adding her thirteen-year-old attitude into the earlier scenes. She’s still very endearing, and one of my favorite characters. I’m very excited to share the next books in the series where Brandi gets a character arc of her own (and continues to meddle).

First Draft Trivia: Pretty much all of the best scenes with Brandi weren’t planned beforehand. Blizzard’s name, the Daniel stories, and Brandi’s friendship with Leith all just happened during the writing of the first draft. I can’t imagine the book without them!

About the book

Courage could cost him everything.

Third Blade Leith Torren never questions his orders or his loyalty to King Respen until an arrow wound and a prairie blizzard drive him to the doorstep of the girls whose family he once destroyed.

Their forbidden faith and ties to the Resistance could devastate their family a second time.

Survival depends on obedience, but freedom beckons. How far does he dare go to resist the king and his Blades?

No matter what Leith chooses, one thing is certain.

Someone will die.

About the Author

Tricia Mingerink is a twenty-something, book-loving, horse-riding country girl. She lives in Michigan with her family and their pack of pets. When she isn’t writing, she can be found pursing backwoods adventures across the country.

You can connect with her on Facebook, Pinterest, Goodreads, and her blog.


Enter to win a Grand Prize giveaway to celebrate the release of Dare! Prize includes an autographed paperback of Dare, a necklace like the one Renna has in the book with a sterling silver cross pendant, a medieval dagger (not sharp) like the one Leith carries, and Dare-themed bookmarks! (Due to the difficulties in shipping weapons across international borders, this giveaway is open to US residents only).

The winner of the giveaway will be announce at the end of the Facebook party on June 10.
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About Nadine Brandes

Nadine Brandes is an adventurer, fusing authentic faith with bold imagination. She never received her Hogwarts letter, but rest assured she’s no Muggle (and would have been in Ravenclaw House, thank you very much.) This Harry Potter super-nerd has been known to eat an entire package of Oreos (family size) by herself, and watches Fiddler on the Roof at least once a year. She writes about brave living, finding purpose, and other worlds soaked in imagination. Her dystopian trilogy (The Out of Time Series) challenged her to pursue shalom, which is now her favorite word (followed closely by bumbershoot.) When Nadine’s not taste-testing a new chai or editing fantasy novels, she and her knight-in-shining armor (nickname: “hubby”) are out pursuing adventures.
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  1. sierrafaith327

    I am really excited for the Facebook party! Can’t wait!

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