If I Speak True…all about the characters…and plants

February 7th, 2014 Books, Everyday, everything

Welcome friends!

Today I have a special guest, Jessica Brooks, author of IF I SPEAK TRUE.

Jessica is going to share with us a little bit about the plants/characters and what they mean.  I hope you enjoy this additional bit of information and that it helps you envision the characters throughout the story!

Thanks for stopping by and sharing this insight Jessica!

Plants have a lot to do with things in the Flora series. I don’t want to divulge too much because it would ruin the reader’s experience, but one thing that would be fun to go over is the significance of naming specific characters.

First, the characters in Shaver:

Dahlia Kennedy is the main character in If I Speak True. Dahlia means “valley”. Symbolically, the dahlia stands for dignity, elegance, and being forever thine, all of which work well for her, if I do say so myself.

Dahlia’s (older) twin sisters are Aster and Acacia.

aster photo credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Hectonichus

Aster symbolizes love and delicacy, which is actually quite hilarious, considering Aster Kennedy’s personality. (This is one of the few times where I chose to give a name that meant the exact opposite of a character’s temperament.) Perhaps in subsequent books, she can earn her namesake.

acacia photo credit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Melburnian

Acacia means “thorny tree” (it has quite long thorns) and symbolizes hidden love and friendship. Acacia and Dahlia are quite close, so the friendship part definitely rings true.

And last, Eva (though not floral), Dahlia’s best girl friend, means “animal, life”. Which is definitely fitting for Eva, let me tell you.

Now, for a few Ambrosian characters:


rowan photo credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Eeno11&action=edit&redlink=1

Rowan means “red-berry tree”, which will mean more as the series progresses. According to some symbolism, a rowan tree means connection and protection, which I thought perfect for Rowan and Dahlia.
hawthorn photo credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?title=User:Elstro&action=edit&redlink=1

Many centuries ago, hawthorne (without the “e”), meant “used for making hedges and enclosures”, or a “wall”. If you’ll notice, both the rowan and the hawthorn tree have red berries. They’re also both in the rosaceae family.

Rowan and Hawthorne are cousins in If I Speak True, and with them being in the same family, they have the choice of believing and acting on two separate things. The way they choose to go about those things, however, is quite different. Hawthorne ends up blocking things and people out with his own wall of anger and misbeliefs.

tuberose photo credit: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/User:Sreejithk2000
Tuberose is a night-blooming flower that is very fragrant. In the book, Tuberose is very beautiful, especially at night (but looks can be deceiving — and she isn’t very nice). In some symbolism Tuberose means dangerous pleasures, which describes her perfectly.

means “wise, and healthy”, and in my opinion, both descriptions are synonymous with Queen Sage. She is very wise, and knows more about what’s going on than anyone realizes. In the botanical aspect, sage is known to have many healing properties, which is a big deal when it comes to a few things that happen later on in the series.
And there you have it! A few of the characters in If I Speak True and their plant counterparts!

If I Speak True


Dahlia Kennedy’s sixteenth birthday marks a decade of mysterious dahlias arriving and strange, lonely dreams of being in a forest. The only difference this birthday, however, is that for the first time, someone is there with her. And he’s practically from a whole other era.

The more often Dahlia visits Rowan in his land of Ambrosia, the stronger their connection grows. But… is Ambrosia real? Is he real? What is going on between the two of them, exactly, and why does he insist that she keep it to herself?

As secrets usually go, however, it’s only a matter of time before everything comes out. And when Dahlia finds out the truth of who Rowan is, who she is, and how he really feels — it’s beyond anything she could have ever imagined.

About the Author:

Jessica BrooksJessica L. Brooks resides with her husband of over sixteen years, three awesome daughters, and a plethora of pets in Central California, where fog, frost, triple-digit heat and various items of produce arrive bountifully, depending on the season. She has an affinity for both coffee and owls, and loves to connect with fellow readers and writers on most social networks like Goodreads, Twitter and Pinterest. You can also connect with her on her blog, Let Me Tell You A Story.

Jessica shares reviews for her favorite books on Afterglow Book Reviews, spreads writing and author love for independently-published authors at Indie Ignites, and salutes all writers (no matter what stage in their writerly journey) at Operation Awesome.



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