This post is in place of my usual Writerly Post Wednesday.
Today I am introducing you to Eloise Richardson. I planned on interviewing my Camp NaNoWriMo novel main character, but I already know her pretty well. Eloise is going to be from my NaNoWriMo 2014 novel (I know, already planning ahead! For once, I’m organized!) called The Surreal, Lovely, and the Strange. I’m uber excited for this novel because it’s nothing like I’ve ever written before. It’s a YA Quirky Drama. Here is a blurb-ish/description of the novel:
Sixteen-year-old Eloise Richardson isn’t afraid of being different. Heck — she’s a dyed blonde with a pet sheep called Avery, who listens to punk-rock, and has severe OCD. And not the cute kind. The medication-is-essential kind.
Life turns surreal when she moves from the farm to a big city and enrols in high school so her mother can peruse her dream of modelling. Eloise is left with the burning question: What am I supposed to do with my life? Forced to explore her future, Eloise sets aside her passion for sketching and aims for a more plausible career . . . like working at Target.
Enter James. Cocky, gorgeous and smart, he knows exactly what he wants to do with his life. So naturally, she takes an instant dislike to him. But as he’s forced to tutor her in the subject she dislikes the most — science — a strange, surreal and sometimes lovely relationship is struck up between the two.
1) What’s their favourite food? Chocolate, duh. Eloise would tend to go for a caramel flavour.
2) What do they absolutely hate? Big cities.
3) What do they enjoy learning about? Cars — she loves cars. You know, old ones. Something like this. She’s totally into mechanics and is learning to drive during the novel.
4) Who is the most influential person in their life? Her mother. She likes that her mother is brave enough to know what she wants, and is willing to take risks for her passion . . . Something Eloise wishes she could do.
5) What is their childhood fear? Moving away from her farm, which eventually happens. (Eloise moves from the farm to a big city when her mother is given a new job opportunity.) It’s always been a childhood fear of hers, but when she became older she realised it was something that just had to happen.
6) What is something they have always secretly dreamed of doing, but thought impossible? She’s always wanted to be an artist — sketching is her passion, but she’s too afraid to take risks, and really go for it.
7) What is something she is impractically afraid of? Eloise has a selective form of OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder). I say “selective” because she’s totally okay with working in the dirt on a farm with animals . . . But when it comes to a big city, and things that are unfamiliar and uncertain, she becomes very OCD about germs and cleanliness. And locked doors. And lights. And rearranging pillows. Her OCD with the city is her way of coping with change.
8) Are they a night owl or morning person? Definitely an early morning person. She’s used to waking up early on her farm before she moves to the city, and she’s never quite gotten out of that habit.
9) Do they say everything that pops into their head, or leave a lot unsaid? Eloise so does not have a filter. She blurts things out without thinking, which gets her into trouble a lot.
10) What are their nervous habits? Counting and biting her fingernails.
That’s all for today! What do you think — does Eloise seem like a person you’d get along with? Link me to your Beautiful People meme below. I’d love to read them!