Name – Idris Brandon Williams (aka Dre or Dresandar)
Age – 17
Gender – Male
Nationality – American
Race – Biracial (African American/Caucasian) – and 100% Livran
Orientation – Straight
Parents – Janice Williams and Brandon Williams
Best Friend – Marek Lakewood
Girlfriend – Catrin (Cadi) Rhoswen (aka Cadalonea)
One of the two principle characters in the Chameleon Effect series is Idris, and the series follows his character arc through the first three books. He’s good-looking, popular and appears to have everything going for him. He’s a good friend to Marek, but at times, Idris can self-absorbed and selfish. He’s got a witty, sarcastic sense of humor, which he unleashes on himself as much as anyone.
Idris is definitely a pleaser, a young man who wants to keep his authoritative father, Brandon Williams, happy.
Because Idris believes he owes his dad plenty for adopting him. So much so that Idris hides his passion for music, which creates a huge inner conflict for him.
Idris was made to make music. He has perfect pitch and hears music playing in his head all the time. He can pick up any instrument and play. His ability is in his genes, which happen to be rather unusual. They’re genes that cause an unexpected change in his physiology just as he reaches adulthood.
It is around this outward, rather horrifying change, that we discover who Idris really is on the inside. He’s an extrovert forced into hiding. It drives him nuts, but he does have a chance to make music. And when his bond-mate comes knocking, Idris beings his journey to discovering who he really is and everything he was meant to do.
Idris was the first character that came to me as I developed the Chameleon Effect series, and I imagine him looking a little like Jordan Fisher. I wanted to write a “Beauty and the Beast” tale with a twist similar to but different from “Shrek.” And as the Beast is traditionally similar to a lion, I decided to go the other way, more toward scales. I also loved the idea of turning the whole “judge a book by its cover” theme on its head.
By creating characters who can conceivably turn into any form and look any way they choose. They just don’t know that. Yet.