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

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, 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?

Ask Your Characters – Part 1

One of the best ways to get to know your characters, is to ask them questions. Can you answer all the questions for your main character?

  1. What’s the cruellest thing they’ve ever done?
  2. What’s their favourite childhood memory?
  3. Do they drive? If so, do they own their own vehicle, and what is it?
  4. Do they have any bad habits?
  5. Do they have trust issues?
  6. Who are they closest with and how did they first meet?
  7. Are they more prone to flight or fight responses?
  8. Do they have any dark secrets?
  9. How do they spend their spare time?
  10. What’s their worst nightmare?

Daydreaming

I need to learn to write down more from my daydreaming. There are so many ideas always swimming around.

“Novels begin not on the page, but in meditation and daydreaming—in thinking, not writing.”
—Joyce Carol Oates

“You get ideas from daydreaming. You get ideas from being bored. You get ideas all the time. The only difference between writers and other people is we notice when we’re doing it.” —Neil Gaiman