Beautiful People: May 2016


Beautiful People is a monthly writing meme hosted by Cait @Paper Fury and Sky @Further up and Further in in which writers answer a series of questions about one of their characters.

This month I will be focusing on Dex, a major secondary character from my current work in progress. It’s epic fantasy, and I’m currently around 70,000 words or about 3/4ths of the way through my rewrite of it.

How often do they smile? Would they smile at a stranger?

Dex is a very serious person. He does not smile often. He probably would not smile at strangers unless he is trying to use them to get what he wants.

What is the cruelest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?

It’s unusual for someone of Dex’s background to live in the places he chooses to. As a result, he faces frequent prejudice. I could make the argument that one of these prejudice statements was the cruelest thing he has ever been told, but Dex would not see it as the cruelest thing he has been told.

Dex would probably say the cruelest thing he has ever been told is something my protagonist confirms for him at the end of the first of my work in progress’s four parts. I can’t get into details because of spoilers, but he is more upset than he is at any other point in the story and reacts very strongly.

What is the kindest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?

The kindest thing he has ever been told is probably something his sister, Catrine, has told him with regards to him being an awesome brother. Catrine and Dex are very close, and he holds any compliments she gives very dear. Dex’s reaction was probably to smile, hug her, or both.

What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?

Dex’s mother and father were never officially divorced, but might as well have been. His father is gone for lengthy, sometimes year long, voyages while his mother stays in the city-state where Dex spent most of his childhood. His mother is an immigrant to the city where he grew up, and his father is also from elsewhere, and somewhere entirely different from his mother.

The memory of this time that has stuck with him most is of one night when Dex and his sister, Catrine, were traveling with their father on his ship and Dex found Catrine crying in their cabin. Dex asked her what was wrong, and she said that it was the realization that even after visiting all these places she still hadn’t found one where she belonged. Dex replied that sometimes he felt the same way, but promised they would find out where they belonged together.

He has been trying to keep that promise to her ever since. That’s what makes it lasting.

What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading?

Dex would probably get the most benefit the most practically from non-fiction books about surviving in the wilderness. I haven’t read any or I would include a specific book.

If this question is meant to ask which book he would benefit the most as in what he would enjoy the most then Dex would love books about characters going on quests. I’d probably give him The Lord of the Rings.

Have they ever been seriously injured? How severely? How did they react?

Dex has had several near death experiences. Most of these did not involve injuries, but living in a world where antibiotics are not widely available as he does he has almost died of an infected cut before after accidentally  grazing his forearm with a knife. After weeks of suffering and almost dying he made a full recovery. This occurred long before the story takes place.

Do they like and get along with their neighbours?

This depends. Dex has had many neighbors over the years, but generally speaking no.

On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being easy and 10 being difficult) how easy are they to get along with?

6, it really depends upon the personality of the person in question, but he leans slightly more towards being harder to get along with than easier.

If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go?

By the end of book one Dex has gone to almost all the major regions of his word, or at least the regions he knows of, but he really likes visiting the city where he grew up. If Dex was familiar with our world he wouldn’t be able to pick a place. He would want to see all of it.

Who was the last person they held hands with?

This depends on what time this question is being asked about. If it’s anytime during the story probably my main character, Yuliana. If it’s anytime before the story probably someone he is trying to use to accomplish is end goals.

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