Meet the Character: Centauri Starr

The next point-of-view character in my soon to be released novel, Flowers of Dionysus is Centauri Starr.

Yes, she knows her name is unique and somewhat ironic. For most of her 19 or so years on the earth, he parents have told and retold the story of how they named her after Alpha Centauri, one of earth’s closest star neighbors. (Actually, it’s two stars. She knows that as well.) They would have named her that anyway, even without the dumb luck of having “Starr” as a last name.

In many ways Centauri is like the star(s) she’s named after. Bright, in some ways beautiful, and to others, further away than she appears. By some unfair first impressions, she is deemed as cold as outer space itself.

Yet she isn’t, really. She’s very much an introvert. An intellectual. An artist. Not at all fond of crowds and noise, Centuari nevertheless has tried over the years to befriend a few people. But she always seems to get in her own way, as she is not at all comfortable with social norms.

Recently, the sophomore English student at Cornell, (yes, that one) tried out for and got into the summer production at the local community theater, the Little Dionysus Playhouse. Her hope was that being in her first play would ease the labor of making friends. But much like high school and Cornell, she’s finding it difficult. Still unintentionally coming off to people as distant and uninterested Centauri Starr is finding it somewhat difficult to shine. She doesn’t want to change what she is; she only wants what she is to matter to someone for a change.

Will she meet people with whom she can finally be open during this summer production? Or will she find that she is best suited to stand at a distance from other people and accept that? Find out this summer in Flowers of Dionysus.


  1. Laura W.

    That sounds like a good story…sort of a coming of age plot, yes?

    I would imagine her parents to be astronomers or some kind of scientists or something. How do they feel about theatre?

  2. Not sure if her part of the story would qualify as “coming of age” or not. Perhaps, in certain contexts it would.

    As for her parents, (who I will say get only a brief mention in the novel itself) she was raised in a tolerant, creative environment as an only child, so I am sure they attended theatre frequently.

  3. Laura W.

    I guess it might if that was the focus of the plot or the takeaway.

    Nice that her parents support her creative activities in the theatre.

  4. It’s one of the subplots, I’d say.


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