The Beautiful People meme, created by Cait at Paper Fury and Skye at Further Up and Further In, is a way for writers to get to know their characters better. This entry is my first time actually linking to the meme, but be on the lookout as I fill out older questionnaires from the site.
Join me and get to know Quill and the other characters from my 398.2 novels…
How often do they smile? Would they smile at a stranger?
Quill finds himself smiling almost daily at the antics of his owl-friend, Des. He tries to be kind to strangers and hopes that by sharing a smile with someone, he can make their day a little better.
What is the cruelest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?
The cruelest thing Quill was ever told was that he was an abomination and that he needed to be cured of his sickness. Even with the support of his friends and family, Quill continues to struggle with the memory of these harsh words. He has never reconciled with the Uncle who said these things.
What is the kindest thing they’ve ever been told? And what was their reaction?
What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
The most memorable event of Quill’s childhood is his sister, Elizabeth’s first birthday. He remembers being confused (and frustrated) that he wasn’t allowed to have a piece of cake… even though ‘Lizabet was too little to have any. Ransom got some and he was only a little bit older than Quill. It just wasn’t fair to a seven-year-old Quill.
The reason he remembers this so well, is because it is one of the first times he was allowed to hold his sister without one of his parents helping him.
What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading?
“The Wisdom of the Shire: A Short Guide to a Long and Happy Life” by Noble Smith.
Have they ever been seriously injured? How severely? How did they react?
No, Quill has never been seriously injured. He was accident prone as most children can be and experienced his own fair share of scrapes and bruises, but hasn’t broken anything nor has he needed any surgeries.
Do they like and get along with their neighbors?
Back home, yes, Quill gets along with all of his neighbors. He grew up with many of them, so they are long-time friends of his family.
Quill hasn’t had the chance to get to know many of his new neighbors in the apartment complex in Montana. Some of them keep odd hours and others seem to party long into the night, so he isn’t sure if they will get along when they finally meet.
On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being easy and 10 being difficult) how easy are they to get along with?
Those who have met him would say that Quill is fairly easy to get a long with. He can be a little withdrawn and quiet until he gets to know someone, but after that first hurdle is passed things tend to go smoothly.
If they could travel anywhere in the world, where would they go?
If he could travel anywhere, Quill would choose to go to Alaska. The landscapes are amazing and both the people and animals that call the area home are resilient. He would love the opportunity to spend time exploring and learning about the culture of the area.
Who was the last person they held hands with?
Excluding handshakes, the last person Quill held hands with was Ransom.