It’s aimed at writers so we can answer the questions about our characters and our 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.)
I’ve decided to take part in Beautiful People this month because a) I just finished the first draft of my newest WIP, in April’s Camp NaNoWriMo after not writing anything in 2015 due to personal issues, and b) I realised I used to be quite involved in the writing community a few years ago but I seem to have lost contact with everyone. I’d love to make some new friends and find like-minded people to help encourage and console.
My WIP is called Winter Witch and it’s ‘Frozen meets Throne of Glass’. It’s about a young woman called Tally who has the ‘cursed’ power of causing instant death by touch, but who can also secretly bring the dead back to life, and as a valuable magician she is forced to become the Crown Prince’s bodyguard of sorts. But people are being murdered in the palace and everyone thinks Tally is to blame, because prejudice.
1. How often do they smile? Would they smile at a stranger?
Tally’s not really the smiling sort, I don’t think. She smiles gratefully at people who understand her, because she’s terribly misunderstood and suffers from a lot of prejudice. I don’t think she would smile at a stranger unless that stranger was a child who was unafraid of her.
2. What is the cruelest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?
That she’s a monster, and she ran away. This is after accidentally bringing her dead grandmother back to life as a child. The whole village tried to murder her so she had to leave.
3. What is the kindest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?
“You don’t have to pretend to be strong with me, Tally.”
Prince Ford said this to her just after she’d nearly died saving his life.
4. What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
Because of Tally’s power, when she was young it was untrained and uncontrollable. The first village she was living in turned against her when she accidentally brought her dead grandmother back to life, and tried to bury her alive by throwing her down a well and trying to cover her with earth. She escaped, but the memory of being buried alive rises up when she is caught by the snare poles the military use to capture and control winter witches without them being able to touch their captors (you know, like dog catchers use on dangerous dogs), and whenever something tightens around Tally’s neck, like a rope, or a snare collar, or even a necklace, she can taste the earth of being buried alive and her stomach rebels and makes her throw up. It’s a very powerful memory that affects her physically, and it’s something that makes Prince Ford take pity on her when they first meet.
5. What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading?
The Hunger Games. I think she’d like Katniss and the book would help her to understand ruthlessness and survival and compassion.
6. Have they ever been seriously injured? How severely? How did they react?
In the WIP her throat is cut and she bleeds almost to death, but a summer witch heals her just in time. Her reaction is to take a bath and go to bed. She’s practical like that.
7. Do they like and get along with their neighbours?
No. The other people who live in the palace are suspicious of her, and she keeps her distance.
8. On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being easy and 10 being difficult) how easy are they to get along with?
Tally’s standoffish and doesn’t trust easily due to a history of people turning against her. On the other hand, once she’s decided to trust you she’s fiercely loyal. So I’d give her about a 5.
9. If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go?
Far south to try to find more winter witches that haven’t been forced to fight the king’s war.
10. Who was the last person they held hands with?
Prince Ford, but I can’t give the context because it’s a massive spoiler.