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September 28, 2012

Friday Fun with Kate Mitchell

My name is Kate Mitchell, and I am the author of the novel Aureole, released in July 2012. It came out in July on Kindle and on Amazon paperback, and follows a girl trying to figure out who she is while living with an extremely wealthy family in New York City. Jess deals with maintaining who she is, what she stands for, and where she feels like she belongs. The serious action of Aureole takes place over a period of about a year and a half, and a lot happens to Jess. Since she’s the main character and all, I thought I would take the time during this Friday Fun to
examine Jess’ character, so you can get an idea of what she is like before you start reading.

Character: Jessica Carleton (Jess)

Setting: New York City and Stanford, California

Physical Description: Small, with dirty blond hair. Unobtrusive.

Behavior: Jess does what is asked of her, and occasionally does a little bit more. She’s incredibly smart, but does nothing to advertise that fact. She doesn’t like to talk to people she doesn’t know, but loves talking to the friends she does have.

Thoughts: Oh, if Jess spoke half of the thoughts she has about Cecy, Liz, and Mrs. Knight her relationship with the three of them would be completely different. Jess’ personality outwardly towards these three and inwardly are entirely different, and through her thoughts the materialism and shallowness of the three is examined.

Speech: Jess doesn’t speak a whole lot, especially around those people who made her transition to the Bishops’ household difficult. Now, put her around Eddy in Central Park and you’ve got a whole different matter. Sometimes she mumbles, and looks at the ground. Often her thoughts are much more eloquent than her speech.

Reaction of Others: One of Cecy’s favorite lines is “God, Jessica!” Cecy and Liz are not impressed by Jess, and aren’t terribly fond of her. Eddy likes her, Mrs. Bishop sometimes sees her as a bit of a pet, and Jon tolerates her presence. Mr. Bishop falls somewhere between the two, and Mrs. Knight probably would like Jess more if Jess were confident.

But Jess doesn’t need the people around her to define who she is. This character sketch describes her before some of the key events of Aureole, and also explains some of Jess’ relationships. For more details, and to see how Jess deals with what life throws at her, you can find Aureole at Amazon.

Aureole is available on Amazon for Kindle and in paperback. Kate Mitchell and be found online at and, on Twitter @kmitchellauthor, and via email at


  1. Jess sounds like a fascinating character, one that is not perfect, but has many qualities.

    Love the cover for Aureole, Kate. I wish you the very best with your book :)

  2. You're right, David. Jess definitely isn't perfect, but she tries her best to succeed in the world she has been given. Thank you so much for your support!