Beautiful People – Farewell (For the Present)

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Today is a somewhat sad day. My favorite blog meme from Cait and Sky is going on a long hiatus for the rest of the year 😦 I’ve loved playing a part in this meme over the passed year and will miss it, but I’m glad they are not planning on ending it forever.

If you have no idea what Beautiful People/Books is, it is a blog meme where writers answer questions about themselves and/or their stories.

Now, *grabs tissues* let’s begin.

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Favorite genre to write in?

I haven’t really experiment a lot with many genres, but currently I am enjoying fantasy very much. I love being able to creative anything. And dragons, duh:)

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

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I think my main character Alaine could benefit a lot from reading Queen of the Tearling by Erika Johansen. The main character in that book, Kelsea, is a 19-year-old girl who, after spending her entire life away from society, must journey with her late queen mother’s guard to her kingdom to take up the crown. Kelsea needs to do a lot of growing up, try not to get killed, and protect her people from the evil in the east. I don’t want to give too much away, but Alaine is sort of in the same position but not exactly. She could definitely learn a thing or two from Kelsea about being brave, confident, taking charge, and adapting into this kind of lifestyle.

If you haven’t read this series, it is definitely worth checking out:)

Favorite piece of dialogue you’ve written?

Ooooh. I don’t want to spoil anything. Most of my favorite dialogue probably comes from the conversations between Alaine and another character named Portia.

Here’s a little snippet:)

Alaine: I feel like a puddle.

Portia: Have you ever experienced the life of a puddle before?

Alaine: No.

Portia: Then how do you know what it feels like?

Alaine: I just do, now shush. I need to concentrate.

What did your character want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become?

Alaine didn’t really have an idea about what she wanted to be when she grew up. When she was little, she wanted to be a princess, like most girls do I guess, but she grew out of that dream. I suppose she’d like to be a taste tester or perhaps be involved in the movie industry.

What does she actually become? Bit of a spoiler if you are new to my blog, but she ends up being queen of a rather large continent. Wasn’t what she expected or really wanted, but it happened and she’s trying to adapt to her new life.

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Favorite character name(s)?

I’ve always lived the name Michael (Mikael) and Alaine is a close second. I’ve actually discovered a new favorite name, Larae, and will be using it in a short story I’ve currently writing for Camp NaNo. I also like Maven, Matthew, Elinor, Marik, and Aldrich. I could go on.

What makes your character feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?

Hugs and tacos. Alaine loves to be hugged by the people she loves most in the world. The last person to make her feel that way (including the tacos) was her dad. In the story, she has kind of a bad day, and he brings her tacos and holds her close.

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Favorite character you’ve ever written?

Definitely my main male character Mikael. He’s been with me since this story idea first appeared in my head and I’ve loved writing his portion of the story, even though I torture the guy and put him through hell. He’s probably the one character I am emotionally connected with. During scenes that break him, I’m shaking as I’m writing, on the verge of tears, I want him to be safe and out of harms way, but that’s not where the story is leading me. I am hoping that however this series ends, he gets a happy ending. He deserves one.

If your character was permanently leaving town, what would they easily throw out? What would they refuse to part with? (Why?)

That’s hard…hmmm… Alaine could throw out old knick-knacks, most of her clothes, and old posters. She’d have a harder time parting with her books, old childhood things, and her glass figurine collection. They hold a special place in her heart.

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Favorite tropes to write!

Concerning a bit of romance, I like the couple hating or not liking each other when they first meet, trope, and then they slowly fall in love, like Pride and Prejudice. I do have a set of characters who have a bit of a bad start but there’s room for growth:)

Medieval fantasy world trope, I guess? I love the genre, the stories I’ve read, and I love writing it.

Which story has your heart and won’t let go?

Is this referring to books or movies, because there is one movie that currently has my heart and won’t let it go. Not that I’m complaining or anything:)

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Favorite relationship between characters you’ve written?

Oh, definitely the friendship between Alaine and her best friend Matthew. They’ve known each other since they were 5-years-old, but they didn’t start becoming best friends until they were 7. They pretty much know everything about each other and they hang out nearly all the time. Their relationship won’t ever turn into a romantic one. It leans heavily more on the side of brother and sister.

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Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” What are the books that you want to see more of, and what “holes” do you think need filling in the literary world?

I really want to read a story where this guy or girl comes across this “hero” who is supposed to save the world and defeat the bad guy, but they actually kill them or the heroes dies suddenly, and the guy or girl takes their place and has no idea what to do, and the “fellowship” who have been following the hero take charge and make it look like the guy or girl is the “hero” to the world but they are in fact doing all the work.

I don’t know, to me it sounds like a fun idea:)

Favorite Pinterest board / aesthetic for a book?

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Favorite time periods & settings to work with?

Presently, medieval or Dark Ages.

When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with?

Good question. The feeling I’d want them to have would be based around a yearning to want to read more. I’m writing a series, so I’d like it if they felt excited, a little satisfied, and overly eager to check out the next installment (when it’s finished).

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*Sets tissues aside* That went better than I thought! I hoped you enjoyed the post and check out Cait’s blog Paper Fury and her blog meme! Again, I will miss this participating in this blog meme. It’s been a blast! Looking forward to next year:)

13 thoughts on “Beautiful People – Farewell (For the Present)

  1. Aww, goodbye for now, Beautiful People! *wipes away tear* Actually I haven’t participated in quite awhile…but I shall miss it all the same.

    I love the dialogue between Alaine and Portia so very much. 🙂

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  2. Love your snippet of dialogue 😀
    I really like the sound of your story so far, especially a female and male best friend who don’t get together in the end. We need more of that in stories 🙂

    Did somebody say dragons? How to Train Your Dragon is still my favourite film ever, and I can’t find anything worthy of taking it’s place!

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  3. It’s so good that Alaine and Mathew remain friends! I love that!!

    And you should definitely write the book where the girl accidentally kills the hero and has to take his place 🙂

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    1. Me too! I’ve always wanted to write a set of guy/girl characters who were platonic.

      It’s on my list of stories to write!

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  4. Aw, the dad story with the tacos and the hugs is really sweet. 🙂 I like that your book has (from the sound of that story at least) a good dad. So many are sadly lacking in that department, due to tragic death or the idiotic/sadistic parent trope, so I am happy for Alaine’s dad who brings her tacos! Seriously, I don’t know why that tiny glimpse of the story struck me so much, but it did. Tacos and hugs. Brilliant.
    Also I love your answer to the final question! Leaving people with a thirst to read more is always an excellent idea.
    Great post!

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    1. Thank you!
      He is a good dad:) I’ve noticed that too, or that the parents just aren’t involved in some way, which was kind of weird to me, cause there are good parents out there in the world that care about their kids and what’s happening in their lives.

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      1. Yeah, I know! I guess in a practical sense it works best for YA and children’s books to have the parents “out of the way” so that the kids have to make everything happen and solve all the problems? But I still don’t think it needs to be that way. We need more parent representation!

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