Know Your Characters with Beautiful People – August 2017 Edition

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Beautiful People is a writing blog meme, each month they post questions for writers to answer about your characters. I shall answer the questions for my current main character, Clara Marsters, from my Tarot Cards series.

What are they addicted to/can’t live without?
Drawing, diet coke and manga/anime.

Name 3 positive and 3 negative qualities about your character.
Positive: Spunky, creative, loyal
Negative: Martyr, impulsive, stubborn

Are they holding onto something they should get rid of?
Misplaced blame.

If 10 is completely organized and 1 is completely messy, where do they fall on the scale?
6

What most frustrates them about the world they live in?
Thoughtless cruelty and selfishness.

How would they dress for a night out? How would they dress for a night in?
She hasn’t really had any nights out like that; too busy with school and magical adventures. If she had to dress up, probably a need length flare dress. And for a night in, either whatever she was already wearing, likely jeans and a tee, or pyjamas.

How many shoes do they own, and what kind?
Four: Hiking shoes, winter boots, sandals and a pair of low heels.

Do they have any pets? What pet do they WISH they had?
Nope, and they don’t want any. If they ‘had’ to choose, probably a turtle.

Is there something or someone that they resent? Why and what happened?
Clara tries to not hold grudges, but kind of hard not to hold something against Vex, who will use any means to get a hold on her powers, and her. Even after having been attacked by Eidan, and not fearing him, something holds her back from completely hating him.

What’s usually in their fridge or pantry?
Vegetables (she selectively eats), diet cola and ice cream.

Hope you enjoyed learning about Clara. Why not try out Beautiful People for yourself? Head over to check out more Beautiful People answers.

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Know Your Characters with Beautiful People – July 2017 Edition

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Beautiful People is a writing blog meme, each month they post questions for writers to answer about your characters, well normally they do; this month they’ve changed it up to be questions for the authors!

How do you decide which project to work on?
I only have one main project, and then a comic spawning off from the same story that I’ve been working on.

How long does it usually take you to finish a project?
After writing, doing my regular artwork at the beginning of each chapter, and going over it five or so times, it ends up taking more than a year… I think… I’m a slow writer, with lots of time spent on the story while it plays in my head.

Do you have any routines to put you in the writing mood?
Nope, I try to sit down around the same time everyday and do a little writing.

What time of day do you write best?
In the evening.

Are there any authors you think you have a similar style to?
Not particularly, I tend to go light on the descriptive, or whimsical, side and try to avoid too much fluff. It is what it is though.

Why did you start writing, and why do you keep writing?
Originally started writing because I had a lot of spare time in class and wanted to make a comic book using my persona.

What’s the hardest thing you’ve written?
I’ve only written two books so far, and a story that’s on fictionpress from a long time ago, but I guess the first book was the hardest.

Is there a project you want to tackle someday but you don’t feel ready yet?
The rewrite of my original story.

What writing goals did you make for 2017 and how are they going?
My only goal is to keep writing. I’d like to finish a book within a year, not sure it’ll happen. Currently at 21k words out of the expected 45-50k.

Describe your writing process in 3 words or a gif!
While watching tv.

 

Hope you enjoyed learning about me. Why not try out Beautiful People for yourself? Head over to check out more Beautiful People answers.

Know Your Characters with Beautiful People – June 2017 Edition

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Beautiful People is a writing blog meme, each month they post questions for writers to answer about your characters. I shall answer the questions for my current main character, Clara Marsters, from my Tarot Card series.

What’s their favourite place they’ve ever visited?
She loves the park near her house, specifically the sunflower patch, where she shares a lot of memories with her closest friend.

What’s one mistake they made that they learned from?
She didn’t trust her instincts, or her friends and ended up captured. Listen to the warning from your subconscious.

What was their favourite subject in school? Or favourite thing to learn about?
Clara’s favourite subject was art. Although, if allowed to choose it as a subject, she’d choose lunch.

What’s their favourite flower/growing thing?
She loves red roses and sunflowers.

Have they ever made someone cry? What happened?
When she dropped to the ground bleeding, because of something in the story, a couple of them cried. I doubt he would ever admit if a tear fell though.

Would you consider them a reliable or unreliable narrator?
She sways both was a bit much. She’s… Sort of reliable.

What do they dream about at night?
Her dreams are normally adventurous. Sometimes she’s plagued by nightmares of a certain villain.

They’ve gone out for a “special meal.” What would they eat?
She doesn’t really need too much special. Give her pizza and ice cream and she’s good to go.

What’s at least one thing they want to do before they die?
Clara would want to visit Japan with Alex. Although it’s not on her mind right now, she would like to get married one day.

Do they have any distinguishing or unique talents?
Aside from the magical tarot cards she wields, she’s good at drawing.

Hope you enjoyed learning more about Clara. Why not try out Beautiful People for yourself? Head over to check out more Beautiful People answers.

Know Your Characters with Beautiful People – May 2017 Edition

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Beautiful People is a writing blog meme, each month they post questions for writers to answer about your characters. I shall answer the questions for my current main character, Clara Marsters, from my Tarot Card series.

Overall, how good is their relationship with their parents?
Clara is on good terms with both her parents, despite being left behind when they went on vacation that summer.

Do they know both their biological parents? If not, how do they cope with this loss/absence and how has it affected their life?
Yes, she does.

How did their parents meet?
Met at school. They’re high school sweethearts.

How would they feel if they were told “you’re turning out like your parent(s)”?
Clara already looks like her mom, and has taken on a lot of her qualities. It wouldn’t surprise her if she was told that.

What were your character’s parents doing when they were your character’s age?
Going to high school and spending every holiday they could together.

Is there something they adamantly disagree on?
Not really. Her parents are relaxed, for the most part.

What did the parent(s) find hardest about raising your character?
They didn’t like that she had a habit of vanishing. Most of the time it was just to the neighbour, because that’s where Alex was. They were inseparable for years.

What’s their most vivid memory with their parental figure(s)?
When they went out searching with her to look for Alex after he disappeared. They looked for him as vigorously as they would  if he were their own.

What was your character like as a baby/toddler?
Cried a lot. She didn’t want to be away from her mom.

Why and how did the parents choose your character’s name?
After vetoing each others choices for names, they eventually found one they both liked.

Hope you enjoyed learning more about Clara. Why not try out Beautiful People for yourself? Head over to check out more Beautiful People answers.

Minor Arcana Tarot Card – Short Description – The Suit of Swords

As I did with my first book, I researched the minor Sword arcana cards for my second book. Here’s what I boiled each Sword card down to:

  • Ace: Courage, mental awareness, epiphany.
  • Two: Agreement, compromise, blindness.
  • Three: Sorrow, disruption, betrayal.
  • Four: Rest, deep emotional issues, healing.
  • Five: Mixed feelings, conflict, distance.
  • Six: Escape, resolution, accepting help.
  • Seven: Stalk, stealth, unstable.
  • Eight: Restrain, victim, setback.
  • Night: Nightmares, anxiety, suffering.
  • Ten: Careful about trust, overkill, ruin.
  • Page: Message, merciless, mentally unstable.
  • Knight: Desirable, good news, planning.
  • Queen: Forceful, honest, instincts.
  • King: Power, opinion, forceful energy.

 

Kick Ass Girls of YA Events

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I’ve had to keep this under wraps for nearly two months. For the record, I am not good at keeping secrets. I have to regularly warn friends not to tell me anything in confidence. It’s embarrassing. And yet, I’ve managed to keep this one!

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I’m excited to announce that my publisher for Welcome to Sortilege Falls is hosting a series of events in April to celebrate strong female characters in young adult fiction. Strength comes in many forms. We’re not only celebrating the super girls who are able to slay dragons or defeat alien invaders (though we love them and will definitely gush over them), but also those who possess a quiet strength that often goes unnoticed: the girl who stands up for her friends, the girl who has the inner strength to walk away from a bad relationship, the confident girl who works hard to make a better life for herself.

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Know Your Characters with Beautiful People

Get to Know Your Characters with Beautiful People by Paperfury.com and Furtherupfurtherin.net

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Beautiful People is a writing blog meme, each month they post questions for writers to answer about your characters. I shall answer the questions for my current main character, Clara Marsters.

What’s their favourite book/movie/play/etc.?
Four main movies: 10 Things I Hate About You, Just Friends, Project A and Sailor Moon R

Is there anything they regret doing?
Yes, saying it would spoil part of the book though. To make it vague, she regrets how a certain person got pulled into her chaos.

If they were sick or wounded, who would take care of them and how?
Both Alex and Klancy would help her. Alex would do anything he can with what’s available, and Klancy would probably use magic.

Is there an object they can’t bear to part with and why?
Her sketchbook and tarot cards.

What are 5 ways to win their heart (or friendship)?
Be brave, honest, loyal, give her your respect and go to the same lengths she would for you.

Describe a typical outfit for them from top to bottom.
Plain or graphic blue, black or red tees and blue jeans.

What’s their favorite type of weather?
Sunny with some clouds and a nice, light breeze.

What’s the worst fight they’ve ever been in?
She gets into various fights in the first book and even more in the next one (soon to be released) Going from the first one, the long fight as they try to get to Vex is probably the worst.

What names or nicknames have they been called throughout their life?
Alex always calls her Clary, but he’s the only one. Felix has also taken a liking to calling her Kitten.

What makes their heart feel alive?
Drawing, anime, everything otaku, Alex, Klancy and her tarot cards.

Hope you enjoyed learning more about Clara. Why not try out Beautiful People for yourself? Head over to check out more Beautiful People answers.

Major Arcana Tarot Cards – Short Description

I did quite a bit of research on tarot cards before, and in the process of writing my book. Technically, I was trying to learn about the cards well before even wanting to write about them. In the end, I still tried to boil each down to only a few words and played with more literal meanings as well.

0. Fool – New beginnings, innocence, openness.
1. Magician – Action, manifestation, elements.
2. High Priestess – Intuition, wisdom, mystery.
3. Empress – Motherhood, compassion, abundance.
4. Emperor – Authority, virility, structure.
5. Hierophant – Tradition, learning, organized.
6. Lovers – Choice, connection, commitment.
7. Chariot – Will, ambition, self-discipline.
8. Strength – Control, courage, power.
9. Hermit – Solitude, guidance, hidden truths.
10. Wheel of Fortune – Change, karma, chance.
11. Justice – Balance, fair, law.
12. Hanged Man – Sacrifice, suspension, enlightenment.
13. Death – Endings, transformation, separation.
14. Temperance – Moderation, co-operation, patience.
15. Devil – Temptation, bondage, helplessness.
16. Tower – Sudden change, ruin, upheaval.
17. Star – Hope, wishes, renewal.
18. Moon – Illusions, caution, dreams.
19. Sun – Illumination, contentment, optimism.
20. Judgement – Revelation, spiritual awakening, rebirth.
21. World – Completion, freedom, conjunction.

Ask Your Characters – Part 3

More questions for your characters. Can you answer them all?

  1. Have the travelled?
  2. How do they express discontent?
  3. What would it take for them to betray their friends?
  4. Do they believe in fate?
  5. Where do they live?
  6. What are they scared of?
  7. What’s their biggest regret?
  8. Do they play any sports?
  9. What motto do they live by?
  10. Who do they admire?

Ask Your Characters – Part 2

Get to know your characters better by asking them questions. Can you answer them all?

  1. What would their Halloween costume be?
  2. What’s their best and worst trait?
  3. Do they have any dreams?
  4. What inspires them?
  5. What three things can they not live without?
  6. Have they saved anyone?
  7. Do they have a favourite film or book?
  8. What’s the nicest thing they’ve ever done?
  9. Do they have any phobias?
  10. Do they believe in the afterlife?