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Writing | Beautiful People #1

The Beautiful People meme, created by the Paper Fury blog, is a way for writers to get to know their characters better.  When I found this meme, it looked really interesting and (though it took awhile to get started) I decided to start with the first edition.

Join me and get to know Quill and the other characters from my 398.2 novels…

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What is their full name and is there a story behind why they got it?

Quinton Caldwell. His nickname is “Quill,” which he received from classmates due to the first and last letters of his name… Qui-ll.

How old are they, and when were they born?

Quill is 27-years-old and was born on December 21 during the winter solstice.

Describe their physical appearance. (Bonus questions: 1. What is their race/ nationality/ ethnicity? 2. Do you have a picture of them? If so, include it!)

Quill is happy to claim that he is five feet and eight inches tall, just a little shorter than his best friend Ransom. He has green eyes. If he could ever decide just what he wants to do with it, Quill would get his hair dyed anything other than the mouse brown it is now. He thinks it is boring and one-note in both color and texture.

Though they’ve lived in the United States for the last four generations, Quill’s family is of both German and English descent.

Describe your character’s personality first in one word, and then elaborate with a few sentences.


When excited, Quill does tend to speak on the too fast side, but he is normally soft-spoken and is careful to enunciate his words clearly. Quill’s favored form of exercise is yoga and running. He wakes early in order to perform sun salutations each day and runs three times a week, weather permitting.

What theme song(s) fit their personality and story arc?

For the first book in this series, Adventures in Solitude by The New Pornographers fits best with both Quill’s personality and the arc of the story.

Which one of the seven deadly sins describes your character?

If pressed, Quill might admit to being greedy about his books.

If they were an element (fire, water, earth, air), which one would they be?

If Quill were an element, he would be air because it is able to move through and around things.

What is their favorite word?

Quill’s favorite word? That is certainly a difficult question, since all words are just a combination of 26 letters (in the English alphabet).

Who’s one person they really miss?

His best friend since childhood, Ransom Sanders.

What sights, sounds, and smells remind them of that person?

Being outdoors, in the woods, always reminds Quill of his friend. In their youth, Ransom and Quill often camped in their backyards, spent time in their tree-house, and explored the nearby forest.

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