Beautiful People: March Edition

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.

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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.

The Questions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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!

Love-a-Thon 2016

 

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Hey guys! So I signed up for this cool little event called “Love-a-thon.” It’s an event hosted by Alexa (AlexaLovesBooks),  Cee (The Novel Hermit), Hazel (Stay Bookish) & Mel (The Daily Prophecy) who are all wonderful bookish ladies. Love-a-thon is all about spreading the love in the book community and taking the time to recognize a lot of people whether they blog, Booktube, bookstagram, booklr, are an author, or whatever platform they may share their love of books on. It’s all about positivity and love.

So for this first post of love-a-thon, I’ll be posting my answers to a questionnaire! Here we go:

QUESTIONNAIRE

  1. What’s your name? Rayna!
  2. Where in the world are you blogging from? Massachusetts~
  3. How did you get into blogging in the first place? I’ve had other blogs before, but this is my first real blog that I’ve actually stuck to for longer than a year. I got into it because I stumbled upon Booktube. I actually made a Booktube channel before starting this blog here, but I’m so much more a blogger than a Booktuber. It’s much easier for me to write words than to speak them. And honestly, I just wanted to share my love of books and make friends who also love books along the way.
  4. How did you come up with your blog name? I was trying to come up with something clever and “Reader Rayna” just stuck with me. It rolls off the tongue, right? Alliteration~
  5. What genre do you read and review the most on your blog? I mostly read Young Adult books as well as review them. I’m branching out more and introducing more adult titles, but my primary focus is definitely young adult.
  6. What other types of posts do you do on your blog, apart from reviews? I do various types of discussion posts each month, as well as recommendations, book hauls, tags, memes such as Top Ten Tuesday and Top 5 Wednesday, wrap-ups & TBRs, as well as other fun things like movie and TV show talks and reviews. I also started to introduce writing topics on my blog as well.
  7. Best blogging experience so far? I think when I really started to notice people looking at and actually liking my content. I recently just got the most views on a blog post and it made me overjoyed to know people actually want to know my opinion on a topic. It makes me feel loved and welcome in this community.
  8. Favorite thing about the blogging community? Everyone’s wicked friendly and supportive! People are always willing to talk to you and the best part is being able to find other blogs and people with the same interests.
  9. Name the 5 books you’re most excited for this 2016! The Rose & the Dagger by Renee Ahdieh, The Raven King by Maggie Steifvater, TOG 5 by Sarah J. Maas, Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor, and A Torch Against the Night by Sabaa Tahir.
  10. Name the 5 books you want to read this 2016 that you didn’t get to in previous years! The rest of the Harry Potter series by J.K. Rowling (I’m on book 4), Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, Carry On by Rainbow Rowell, the rest of The Mortal Instruments & Infernal Devices by Cassandra Clare, and the Grisha trilogy by Leigh Bardugo (totally cheated because of series, heheheheeheh).
  11. What’s an underrated book or series that you think everyone should read? A Certain Slant of Light by Laura Whitcomb. It’s one of my favorite books of all time and I don’t know if it was popular back when it came out about ten-ish years ago, but I think that it’s a beautiful story and one everyone should read.
  12. Which book boy or girl would be your book BFF? Kenji from the Shatter Me trilogy by Tahereh Mafi. He’s sooo funny and goofy, but he really loves and cares for his friends. I think he’d make a great BFF.
  13. Which book boy or girl would be your book boyfriend/girlfriend? Kaden from the Remnant Chronicles by Mary E. Pearson is just… *sigh* I love him. He’s cunning, sure, but he’s smart, kind, strong, multilingual, and just an overall badass. I love him. Again.
  14. Who would you recruit for your apocalypse squad (5 characters max)? Ooh, this one’s a toughy… I think I’d choose Aelin from the Throne of Glass series because she’d kick butt, Juliette from the Shatter Me trilogy because she could protect us long range, Vin from the Mistborn trilogy by Brandon Sanderson because if we have metals she could catapult us away, and Hermione from the Harry Potter series because we need some brains for this operation.
  15. Apart from reading, what are your other hobbies or interests? I enjoy playing video games, particularly first person shooter and role-play types like Final Fantasy, Call of Duty, Assassin’s Creed, etc.; I also enjoy writing (I mean, I graduated with an English Professional Writing major, soooo…); I like hiking, but not hardcore or anything, just for relaxation and exercise purposes; I love whale watching – so fun!
  16. Apart from book shopping, what else do you like shopping for? Nothing, really… Unless it’s essentials that I need, I try to not shop. Or food. Food is good.
  17. At a party, the DJ suddenly changes the song – and it’s your song. What song would be playing? Oh God. Um. Well, recently I became quite the fangirl of the K-pop group EXO, so I’d choose them and their song “Call Me Baby.
  18. Pick out either a book you want turned into a film/TV show, or a film/TV show you want turned into a book. Too many to choose from… But, I think I’d love to see the Starbound trilogy by Amie Kaufman and Meagan Spooner made into films. I think it would be so neat to see these characters come to life and to see them try to fight to survive and stuff.
  19. What would your dream library look like? Books. Books as far as the eye can see. Honestly, I’d be happy with a full wall of bookshelves.
  20. Author you want to meet and sit down to tea with? It’s too hard to choose just one, but if I had to pick, it’d be Sarah J. Maas.

That’s it for now! Let me know which author you would sit down to tea with and what song is your song that you’d be jamming out to. I’d love to know! See you for the rest of love-a-thon!