Thursday, July 9, 2015

BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE #ONE: JULY

What is Beautiful People? 
Beautiful People is for writers. Every month, they post a list of 10 questions for you to answer about your characters. It’s designed to help you get to know your characters – their quirks, their personality, their flaws, and who they are. Hosted by Cait @ PAPER FURY and Sky @ FURTHER ON UP. If you want to join up, you can find the info, HERE.

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I have two WIPs. One a book I wrote after my first college degree when I was hopelessly underemployed for almost two years (and am now reworking as an MG), and a story I started for my son's entertainment while waiting for new Harry Potter books to be released. The second story is the one I am going to serialize on WattPad, and it is the characters from this WIP that I will be using for Beautiful People. The working title is Hidden Magic: The Adventures of Saffron A. Browne. I am so excited to be starting to share this work!

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JULY'S QUESTIONS

1. What’s their favorite ice cream flavor?
Well, seeing that Saffron is lactose intolerant... pear sorbet. Her grandmother's cook makes it herself in the kitchen of Belfry Manor.


2. Your character is getting ready for a night out. Where are they going? What are they wearing? Who will they be with?
It would probably be out to a symphonic concert with her grandmother, and her grandmother's best friend of the last 99 years, Imogene (known to her friends as, Gi Gi). Saffron would be wearing a satin tea-length dress in aubergine her favorite color.

3. Describe what they are wearing on their feet.
If it is summer, and there are no classes going on at Belfry Academy, probably nothing at all. Saffron loves nature, and in summer likes to catch and release dragonflies by the pond, and record the birds she has seen in the field and at the wood's edge in her birding book.


4. Do they have any scars?
No, but she does have a freckle on her left thumb pad. She likes to tell her four year old brother she can tell if he is lying by pressing the freckle to his tertia oculus (third eye).


5. What kind of music do they listen to?
Before she came to live with her grandmother she, like most kids her age, listened to what her parents listened to; which was 75% her stepfather's semi-famous heavy metal band, Shredded Soul. Since hanging around with her worldly, older, thirteen year old cousin at her grandmother's private academy, she has become a fan of esoteric early 80's punk bands (pretty hip for a ten year old). Besides her huge Audubon Birds of America illustrated book, her favorite possession is a vintage CBGB's t-shirt she secreted from her mother's suitcase the last time she visited the manor.


6. Do they have any musical talent?
Saffron takes lessons on the small pipe organ in Belfry Manor's ballroom/gymnasium every Wednesday afternoon with Professor Paine. She is quite good according to her friend Fig.



7. What kind of a book would you catch them reading?

Besides her ever present birding book and her Audubon's Birds of America: Alice in Wonderland, Peter Pan, A Wrinkle in Time; even Harry Potter, although Saffron knows it is actually a true story.


8. How would they spend their summers, or their holidays?
A month each summer in Mystic Seaport, Connecticut, at Gi Gi's seaside victorian cottage doing beachy things. The biggest holiday of all, Halloween, is spent in Salem, Massachusetts!


9. It's Saturday at noon; what is your character doing?
During the summer? Reading, bird watching, playing with Fig in the attic if it is raining, teaching her little brother card games, helping in the garden, picking blackberries (eating more than go in the pail). If her purple-haired cousin Cyx (real name Belladonna, but hates being called Bella because, well, you know, Twilight) is visiting, secretly snooping in the "secret" annex attic and in her grandmother's office, or sneaking into the woods to spy on the Crone of the Hollow.


10. Is there anything your character wants to be free of?
Having to be a mother to her little brother.





12 comments:

  1. OH THIS WAS SO GREAT TO READ!!! The last question worries me a little bit, XD I want to know the backstory behind that one! But afjdkls I didn't even know you wrote until recently. *commences writer hi five* I'm excited to get to read this when you start posting on Wattpad. YAAAAY!!!

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  2. Ooooh, I so will keep an eye for when this one pops up on Wattpad for sure!!

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    1. Thanks, Pili! As soon as I have three chapters situated and ready to go, I will post the first chapter. :)

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  3. Saffron sounds like a sweetheart! I chuckled at the freckle and third eye bit. Did this "threat" frighten her brother? :) I also like her summer pastimes, especially the blackberry-picking.

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    1. Ha ha, probably not because he pretty much thinks she is an angel on Earth. I would love to go back to my mother's house and pick blackberries, myself!

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  4. Well, Saffron sounds hipper than me, for sure ;) But I am also lactose intolerant.
    That building at the bottom of the post is awesome, is it in Sleepy Hollow, NY? I've never been there, but it's on my list.
    This was a fun post, thanks for sharing :)

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    1. The mansion in the photo is in Germantown, Pennsylvania. :)

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  5. Awwwww, a book with a heroine who has a close relationship with her grandmother! That sounds so lovely and so adorable! I can't wait to read this one, Lala :D I already know it's going to be a killer.

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Thamks, Faye! I have to get back to WattPad and catch up on your and Cait's stories!

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  6. Saffron has better music taste than I do, and she's ten.

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    1. I loosely modeled her likes on my son's preferences at that age. :)

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