If you want an idyllic relationship or some semblance of a tame, peaceful life in general, then don’t date or marry a writer, whether published or aspiring. We’ll overthink and overanalyze every structure of text messages and emails and yes, the captions in your Instagram posts are included. We love words. We eat them for breakfast and then gobble them up some more throughout the day. We juggle and dance with words, be it conversational or archaic. When someone says “Shopping!” our minds immediately envision a huge library where there are thousands of bookshelves that are floor-to-ceiling (a high ceiling, mind you), crammed full with a wide assortment of books. (Bonus if there’s tea or coffee around.) And then there’s that thing we do, where we watch a book-turned-movie and mostly always say, “The book was better.” Don’t fight us on this. We know what we’re saying and we have formed attachment to a character or two or more. We just know the story. Okay?
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With that said: Welcome to this post that talks about one’s very own characters! Have you written a novel? In the middle of writing one? Cait and Sky have unleashed this month’s Beautiful People round-up. What is it? To quote them:
It’s aimed at writers so they can answer the questions about their characters and their books. It’s designed to help you get to know your book better! (And also give your followers a sneak peek of your works-in-progresses.)
They do this every month and it’s really fun. Here is the post where I participated in Beautiful People for the first time. It’s where I introduced my novel’s main characters for the first time. *gasp!* Now, months later, I talk about the two main characters’ take on marriage and children, their choices for breakfast, and more.
* Note: Alex and Jason are the two main characters to my still unnamed novel. (Oh, the shame!)
1. Do they want to get married and/or have children? Why or why not?
Jason does. Surprisingly. The story was started with him being your typical playboy and I originally wanted him to not even think that far. But then things happened in the story and it made total sense for him to want to eventually settle down.
Alex, on the other hand, has her apprehensions. Her family background contributed to that and given her line of work, she just doesn’t see much future in the whole marriage and kids thing.
2. What is their weapon of choice? (It doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical weapon.)
Jason’s weapon of choice is his head and words. He’s a real charmer, this one. What he lacks in physical training for battles he makes up for it by being keen and quick-witted.
Alex relies on her own strength. She actually gets a rush out of her missions. She’s a very skilled fighter, in spite of her doubts about herself. She just loves throwing around punches and giving an assortment of kicks to her enemies.
3. What’s the nicest thing they’ve done for someone else, and why did they do it?
Jason actually has a soft spot for the woman he is currently dating. (Whoever that is, depending on the moment!) The nicest thing he’s done is actually sticking with Skye (heiress / model) even though they both know their relationship is a goner. Jason felt like he needed to be there for Skye and perhaps if he tried just a little more, then they could still fix things. (No, I’m not going to say what happened between them when Jason decided to stick around. Although, hint: A supernatural creature comes barreling in between them. But of course! This story is partly horror, after all.)
Since she is generally nice to everyone, Alex thinks being polite to Skye, Jason’s insufferable girlfriend, should be counted as being the “nicest thing” she has ever done in her entire existence. She puts up with Skye only because she doesn’t want to cause some trouble with Jason, because then trouble with him would mean getting in trouble with Blue. And, well, no one really wants to get in trouble with Jason’s uncle, right? He’s, like, the equivalent of a king in Maroon Island. Plus, he’s her mentor in The Council. (A secret society who takes care of the supernatural occurrences all over the world.)
4. Have they ever been physically violent with someone, and what instigated it?
Jason has gotten into his fair share of fistfights while growing up, either because of women or the stubborn, I-know-better-than-you-so-shut-it side of him. However, he has never gotten into a serious fight.
Well, due to the nature of Alex’s job the answer here is a resounding YES. Yes, she had flipped supernatural creatures with her bare hands. Yes, she had used guns and knives for finishing off those… things. She had to because it was her mission and because she had to live. It was either her or the villain.
5. Are they a rule-follower or a rebel?
Jason defies rules when he feels his personal space is being cramped. And when that happens, you can be sure he’s bound to ruffle some feathers and raise some eyebrows. His uncle, Blue, hates it when this happens. The media, however, practically waits for it.
Alex is more of a rule-follower type of person. She has her spontaneous and rebellious streak but for the most part, she’s a stickler for rules.
6. Are they organized or messy?
Both are organized. It’s one of the few things these two have in common, actually.
7. What makes them feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?
Jason feels loved when the attention is on him. And he doesn’t want the half-assed type of attention. Skye used to make him feel that way but then again, having a celebrity girlfriend can get tiring at some point, right?
Alex feels loved when a person goes out of his / her way to do something for her. She wants to see efforts all the time. Words are wasted on her and will fall on deaf ears. She’s a woman; hear her roar.
8. What do they eat for breakfast?
Jason usually eats a full meal of pancakes, bacon, two pieces of toast, and a huge mug of black coffee. He’ll cap that off with a slice of apple pie.
Alex is not a morning person. Hence, she wakes up late and rushes about. She’ll only get to pick up some coffee and a sandwich or chocolate bar. (She’ll make up for it when lunch time rolls in, though. She’ll really make up for it.)
9. Have they ever lost someone close to them? What happened?
Jason lost both his parents when he was younger. Although he has no memory of them, losing both father and mother and not growing up with either one affected him in many ways. Case in point: Commitment issues.
Alex lost one of her high school best friends due to a mysterious incident involving camping, a rumor about a coven, a ritual, and the full moon. It’s what made her thirsty for vengeance on the supernatural. And made her swear off camping.
10. What’s their treat of choice? (Or, if not food, how else do they reward themselves?)
Jason’s would be any kind of sweet pie but his favorite is apple pie.
Alex’s choice of treating herself comes in the form of a vacation, preferably alone.
And that’s where Beautiful People for this month ends. Jump in here if you want to join the link up. Join the par-tay! It’s always interesting and fun to see fellow writers talk about their characters. Happy writing, folks!