Beautiful People is blog meme that runs monthly. It is hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. Each month there are 10 questions to answer about characters from a work in progress. I think it’s a great way of delving further into a character’s life, and it also gives readers a glimpse into information they may not otherwise know.
This month the questions are about a character’s parents, or the equivalent. decided to answer them about my character Megan from my new story Magic of the Unseen.
1. Do they know both their biological parents? Why/why not?
Megan knows both of them. She grew up with both parents at home in England.
2. Have they inherited any physical resemblances from their parents?
She has inherited her mother’s looks – her black hair and green eyes, they share the same height as well – 5 ‘5″. Within witch families this sort of inheritance is usual. Children tend to take after one parent quite strongly.
3. What’s their parental figure(s) dress style? Add pictures if you like!
Her parents both dress conservatively.
Her mother wears skirts more than trousers, she is a strong believer in females being feminine. She wears lots of jewellery, both gold/silver, and wooden beads etc.
Her father wears suits most of the time, it is very rare he wears casual clothing. He’s not an outdoors type of person, he prefers indoor activities, that “allow him to maintain his dignity”.
4. Do they share any personality traits with their parental figures? And which do they take after most?
She has her father’s stoicism and quiet nature. But not his lack of an adventurous spirit.
Physically, she is more like her mother, but as far as personality goes, she has more of her father’s traits. She also has a lot of her Aunt Allice’s personality traits (her mother’s sister). Megan has her adventurous and open-minded nature.
5. Do they get on with their parental figure(s) or do they clash?
She has had quite a few disagreements with her parents, but less since she’s lived away from home. She has a freer and more open attitude than they do. She doesn’t see her reputation as the most important thing, and they can’t understand that.
6. If they had to describe their parental figure(s) in one word, what would it be?
Traditional. Or possibly irritating. She’d be torn. 😉
7. How has their parental figure(s) helped them most in their life?
The most useful thing she feels they’e done for her is to pay for her education and help her in her move to Paris.
8. What was their biggest fight with their parental figure(s)?
When she came out as gay, they didn’t react well, or approve. She refused to hide it fro the world – she felt, and still does, that it’s bad enough that she has to hide being a witch. She went to live with her Aunt Allice for a few months while her parents came to terms with who she is.
9. Tracing back the family tree, what nationalities are in their ancestry?
English and Scottish, and a bit of Dutch from her father’s side of the family.
10. What’s their favourite memory with their parental figure(s)?
On her 13th birthday the whole family spent the day together – her parents and bother. They had an indoor picnic in the conservatory, as her birthday’s in March it was too cold to go outside. She had a party in the evening, by the memories of the day, a rare family occasion, stick in her mind. she cherishes them. A day of harmony.