This is the last day of July and I’m actually going to make it for once! Make what, you ask?
Why the Beautiful People monthly blog meme hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In of course! Basically, these brilliant ladies devise ten questions each month designed to help writers tap into the quirks and qualities of their characters. Then writers link up their posts and jump around the blogosphere discovering the ‘Beautiful People’ that have been created.
Sounds like fun, doesn’t it? 🙂 I’ve been meaning to join the link-up for a while, but never managed to make the time to do it! But I’m done with delaying.
As many of you know, I’m currently working on submitting my current WIP Pirate Eyes to #PitchWars. While I work through polishing my first chapter and query, I thought it might be a good idea to give you a bit more insight into my main character. Keira.
So, let’s get to it, shall we?
Do they want to get married and/or have children? Why or why not?
At ten-and-eight, getting married or having children is not at the forefront of Keira’s mind. Living among pirates, her idea of family is not a normal one She’s in no rush to relinquish the freedom piracy has promised her and trade it in for a more traditional life.
What is their weapon of choice? (It doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical weapon.)
Keira’s weapon is her stubbornness. She wields it against naysayers and those who would seek to control her.
What’s the nicest thing they’ve done for someone else, and why did they do it?
One day, while wandering the streets of Lorantha, Keira stumbled across a vendor selling birds. Their cries sounded like appeals for help and Keira could not stand for it. When the merchant was distracted, she set to unlocking the cage that held them all and set them free. She was ten-and-three at the time. Five years later, she still considers that to be the nicest thing she’s ever done.
Have they ever been physically violent with someone, and what instigated it?
Keira has been physically violent, but I don’t want to say more than that because then we risk crossing into spoiler territory. And I take my cue from River Song in that matter.
Are they a rule-follower or a rebel?
Rebel. All the way.
Are they organized or messy?
There’s not much that Keira has in her life to worry about being organized or messy. That being said, she does prefer order in her life, though she herself is a source of chaos.
What makes them feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?
The last people to truly make Keira feel loved were her parents. She knew she was loved because they told her every day, and held her with a tenderness that always made her feel safe and cared for. They died when she was only eight. And though she has friends, they can’t convey the same love her parents did.
What do they eat for breakfast?
Depends on what’s available. Living on the seas presents a limitation on choice for food. Sometimes fresh fruit. Sometimes cooked fish. Sometimes bread and butter. If Keira could choose, she would start off every morning with a bowlful of Nell’s–the Diamond Heart’s cook–hearty porridge.
Have they ever lost someone close to them? What happened?
As was mentioned in question 7, Keira lost both her parents when she was young when the ship they were traveling on was attacked. The account of this traumatic incident is included in Pirate Eyes.
What’s their treat of choice? (Or, if not food, how else do they reward themselves?)
Keira loves to treat herself on especially hot days with a dip in the ocean. She could spend hours drifting alongside the Diamond Heart, delighting in the refreshing waters that promise endless possibilities.
Well that’s it for this month’s Beautiful People. I’ll be more on point for next month’s installment. If you’ve partaken in July’s edition, please share your link and I’ll hop on over.
May inspiration flow like ink upon your quill,