Beautiful People Linkup #3

This post is in place of my usual Writerly Post Wednesday.

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This post is part of the Beautiful People monthly segment, hosted by Sky and Cait. Pretty much, this is where we interview our characters. Exciting!

It occurred to me, as I was contemplating which character I should do this month’s Beautiful People segment on, that I haven’t yet done a male character. My first two Beautiful People link-ups consisted of females only… so why not shake things up a bit? Today you get to meet James Bradford from my (possible NaNoWriMo 2014) novel, The Surreal, Lovely, and the Strange. I realized I didn’t know much about him — so I thought this would be a good way to flesh out his character better.

1) What does your character regret the most in their life?

He regrets not getting along, or spending enough time with his older brother, who joined the Defence Force and was sent to Afghanistan, where he was killed in action.

2) What is your character’s happiest memory? Most sorrowful memory?

Happiest memory? The day he received a college scholarship. Most sorrowful memory? The day he learned his older brother died.

3) What majorly gets on your character’s nerves?

Not so much as a what as a who — his younger sister, Mia. She’s a typical teenager; he’s a nerd. They clash a lot.

4) Do they act differently when they’re around people as opposed to being alone? If so, how?

Pffft, nah. James isn’t the kind of guy who’s going to change himself for other people. He does not, at all, attempt to keep his nerd-ism (totally a word…) hidden to try and be “popular”.

5) What are their beliefs and superstitions?

Atheist. Atheist all the way. He believes in science and fact — not (as he would put it) “stories and bullshit.” In other words, James believes in what he can see, in what has been proven. His faith is little to non-existent.

6) What are their catchphrases, or things they say frequently?

(Yikes! This is a hard one.) Catchphrases, I’m not so sure about. However, he is likely to sprout off random scientific facts here and there.

7) Would they be more prone to facing fears or running from them?

Facing fears — he simply does not see the point in running away from them. He knows that his fears are just going to catch up with him eventually.

8) Do they have a good self image?

Oh, definitely. James can be so confident sometimes that it boarders on arrogance. Unlike my other main character, Eloise, who is insecure and uncertain compared to him.

9) Do they turn to people when they’re upset, or do they isolate themselves?

Isolation, most certainly. What with his dead older brother, depressed mother, James doesn’t want to dump his problems on someone else. He works out his issues himself and himself alone. When he’s upset, James is likely to turn to science, to fact, to the one tangible thing he can understand.

10) If they were standing next to you would it make you laugh or cry?

Laugh. Even when he’s sad or upset, James is the sort of person who would cover their issues with humour and/or sarcasm.

That’s my Beautiful People’s link up done for this week! Tell me: what do you think of James? Personally, I’m super-super-super excited to dive into this novel! Also, link me to your Beautiful People posts below. I’d love to read them.

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