Hey peeps! Welcome to another edition of Beautiful People, a monthly writer’s meme that delves into the world of writing where you get to answer some questions about your characters. It’s hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up & Further In. If you want to know more about Beautiful People, you can check out the FAQs page here.
This month is all about your characters and who they are, how they’d react to things, and what they’d do if they had a rough day.
Today I’m going to talk about my character Abigail, aka Abby. She’s my main female character in my fantasy romance novel, and I love her to bits. She’s smart, brave, and fun.
- What first inspired this character? Is there a person/actor you based them off? I think what first inspired her was just this intense vision/scene I had of her and Maddock together, and I just knew I wanted to have her as a character. She’s not based off of an actor or anything. She did develop and grow a lot more as the story went on, and she changed bit by bit, but I think that’s a very cool part of the whole process: learning about your characters and watching them grow.
- Describe their daily routine. Well, as she’s a maid in a palace her day consists of: waking up and getting ready for the day ahead (bathroom, clean hair &teeth, clean outfit, etc), have a quick breakfast in the servants’ quarters with the others that she works with, then gets started doing her set of chores for the day. After completing those tasks she gets to spend some time with the other servants and talk and catch up, and then goes to bed. Though, in the story, her daily routine is anything but a routine. But if nothing was happening, that’s what she’d do.
- If they joined your local high school, what clique would they fit into? I can see her fitting into the drama kids clique, for sure. I don’t think she’d be an actress, but rather a stage hand and help set up the sets and all of that. She’s very handy with her hands and her imagination, so she’d definitely be an asset.
- Write a list of things they merely tolerate. Ex: certain people, foods, circumstances in their lives… Being treated as less than who she is. The Chancellor. Not having enough cleaning supplies at her disposal to get a job done. Cold drafts. Spiders.
- How do they react in awkward silences? She’d just kind of stand there, blush rising on her cheeks, as she looked around at anything to try to find something to say and break it. I can see her swaying back and forth on her feet a little before she catches herself.
- Can they swim? If so, how did they learn? No, actually! She’s never been taught because she’s always lived inland and so she’s never really had the opportunity before. She’s not afraid of the water, though, but she knows she won’t be particularly useful in those situations.
- What is one major event that helped shape who they are? Her mother’s passing definitely shaped her because her mother had cancer and was the closest person to her in the world. After losing her, Abby fell into a depression that she occasionally still has to battle through, but at the same time it also made her stronger because she knows how fragile life can be. She doesn’t take death or joking of death lightly.
- What things do they value most in life? Her family, for sure, as well as her friends. She’d put her life before another’s at any moment in order to make sure that they survived if need be.
- Do they believe in giving other people second chances? Do they have any trust issues? She believes in giving second chances, but she’s wary of that person afterward, unsure of what to really think about the whole situation at hand. She has a few trust issues after a certain event happens in the novel that I don’t want to spoil, but otherwise she’s very trusting of others.
- Your character is having a rough day…what things do they do to make them happy again? Is there anyone they talk/interact with to get in a better mood? If she were having a really rough day (which she’s had in the novel), Abby would try to find someone to talk to about it and try to work things out about it. Her best friend, Morgan, is one she would definitely turn to to get back into a better mood. Otherwise, she would wallow and think and overthink about the situation, causing a downward spiral. But she doesn’t try to push through and keep her head high, hence her bravery.
There you have it! There’s a little more information about Abby. I still haven’t continued to write in a long time and I really, really need to get back to doing it. I’m most of the way through the story, I just need to finish it! I think I’m putting it off because I don’t want it to end.
How would you answer these questions based off of one of your own characters? Do you find that you got to know them a bit more because of it? What I really want to know is how YOUR character would react if they’re having a rough day. Let me know!