Beautiful People #18 : Ana’s Childhood

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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.

I introduced my 18-year-old protagonist Ana, princess of the Elondria Empire, last month. I am still working on the story (which doesn’t even have a proper title at the moment), and I thought I’d use these questions to delve a little further into her past.

  • What is their earliest childhood memory?

Meeting her grandmother, Selene. She travelled down to the Winter Palace, aged 4, for the first time. She has a sketchy memory of the journey, of seeing the trees and rivers that they passed, then catching her first sight of the Winter Palace, then meeting Selene. Her grandmother is an eccentric woman, who has long, unbound, dyed hair, and wears a lot of jewellery. Very memorable!

  • What were their best and worst childhood experiences?

Her best childhood experience was the winter she and her brother spent at the Winter Palace with Selene, their grandmother. It was a really happy time. She was only 8, and still innocent with no pressure and/or responsibility. She felt free.

Her worst childhood experience was when she run away, escaped the Palace, took her horse, and galloped off into the forest that surrounds the city of Elondria. Night fell, and she got scared. She spent the night there, lost and afraid. Fortunately, she was found by the Royal Guard just after dawn. She never ran away again.

  • What was their childhood home like?

She grew up in the Palace in Elondria. It’s large, and she has her own set of rooms – a bedroom, sitting room, and reception room. She used to have a lot of fun running around the corridors and playing hide and seek with her brother.

  • What’s something that scared them as a child?

Some of the stories that were told by the Order in Prayers scared her. They can be a bit bloody, and emphasised the punishments for sinners after death.

  • Who did they look up to the most?

Her Uncle Valya, who’s in charge of the Royal Guards. She used to watch him in training sessions, and want so much to fight like him, and get to play with all the weapons. He paid her a lot of attention, where her father didn’t.

  • Favourite and least favourite childhood foods?

Her favourite food was chocolate (and still is!). Her least favourite was any kind of fruit (she now likes some of it).

  • If they had their childhood again, would they change it?

She wouldn’t change her childhood. In fact, she would go back to it if she could.

  • What kind of child were they? Curious? Wild? Quiet? Devious?

She was a curious child. Always exploring and asking questions. Though she was never interested in her schoolwork. Because it meant sitting still, she thought it was boring.

  • What was their relationship like with their parents and siblings?

She and her father have a distant relationship. He has always been quite busy with governing the Empire.

Her relationship with her mother is fractious. She has always wanted Ana to be more feminine, more like a Lady, but Ana’s never felt comfortable in that role.

She and her brother were close when they were younger, but the older they got, the further the drifted apart.

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

When she was a child she wanted to by a Royal Guard, and one day in charge like her Uncle. She has so far become the Princess she’s always been with the restrictions of being a woman applied to her (though she is learning sword-fighting with her Uncle in secret).

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