So, I’ve mentioned Beautiful People and their absolutely amazing character questions before, but I’ve never posted them because I missed the months when they were doing it. However, I’ve gone back and done them bit by bit until I’ve done almost all of them. And since none of my other post ideas are ready, and I need to post something, here you are.
What is their full name?
A. Zissa Sidony Amelia Churchill
Does his or her name have a special meaning?
A. It was derived from her mother’s sister’s name, Zara.
Does your character have a methodical or disorganized personality?
A. She’s a little of both, depending on both her mood and her level of stress.
Does he or she think inside themselves more than they talk out loud to their friends? (more importantly, does he or she actually have friends?)
A. Zissa has more acquaintances than she has friends. She has a tender heart(hidden well), so she tends to help people in all the places she goes, but she almost never lets them past the wall. She has only a few true friends.
Is there something he or she is afraid of?
A. Water. She’s utterly terrified of water. She was there when her young cousin drowned at age three and she’s had a few unpleasant experiences with it herself, from being tipped out of a Venice gondola to tripping into a horse trough.
Does he or she write, dream, dance, sing, or photograph?
A. She invents and—when she’s sure she’s totally alone, she sings.
What is his or her favorite book? (or genre of books)
A. Adventure and mystery and occasionally a dime novel.
Who is his or her favorite author and/or someone that inspires him or her?
A. Her big brother inspires her constantly because he is able to do what he wants without completely offending people the way she seems to do.
Favorite flavor of ice cream?
A. French Vanilla
Favorite season of the year?
If your character’s house burned down, and they were left with nothing but the clothes on their back, what would they do? Where would they go?
A. She would start over, probably heading for Prilla or Enola, depending on who is closer. She hates to go to her family for help because it tarnishes her independence and gives them a hold on her.
Are they happy with where they are in life, or would they like to move on?
A. She thought she was, but she is beginning to wonder whether living life alone or hanging with a best friend for all of eternity is what she really wants.
Are they well-paid?
A. That all depends on who buys the latest prototype.
Can they read?
A. Of course. Not only is she a noblewoman and expected to know the classics, she sneaks in less approved manuscripts.
What languages do they speak?
A. English as her first language, followed by Latin, French, Spanish, German, and Italian.
What is their biggest mistake?
A. Self-reliance, except when she trusts the wrong people.
What did they play with most as a child?
A. Her brother’s toys.
What are their thoughts on politics?
A. “A bunch of arrogant, self-serving imbeciles talking too much and doing too little.”
What is their expected life time?
A. She’s too stubborn too die.
If they were falsely accused of murder, what would they do? How would they react?
A. “Oh, blast. Not again…”
If your character could be played by any actor, who would it be?
A. The woman who plays Jadzia from DS9 at the appropriate age.
Does your character have a specific theme song?
A. Not that comes to mind…
What’s their worst childhood memory?
A. Continually being told to stop doing the things she loved. Having her true self suppressed as she watched the rest of the family follow their dreams.
If your character had a superpower, what would it be?
A. Time-travel. Zissa is the curious type and would positively adore being able to see what could and will be.
If your character crashed on an island with a bunch of other people, how would your character help the group survive?
A. Most likely by getting them off said island, using her scientific knowledge to make sure the majority of the survivors continue surviving, etc.
Are they married? If not, do they someday wish to be?
A. Not as of yet. And, until Alec, she never wanted to be(because of James). Now, she’s not entirely sure.
What is a cause they would die for?
A. Her faith. Her friends. An innocent life.
Would they rather die fighting valiantly, or quietly at home?
A. Given the choice, she would choose a calm death, but she won’t back away from a fight that she knows she’s justified in.
If someone walked up to them and told them they were the child of the prophecy, would they believe them?
A. She would wonder what prophecy they meant, why they were telling her, and, if convinced they weren’t purely insane, would go research said prophecy.
Do they prefer the country or the city?
A. She is somewhat terrified of the country. It’s big and open and full of animals and nothing particularly interesting to the mechanically mined. Why go there?
What is his/her biggest secret?
A. She wants to be normal. But she can neither become normal, nor tell anyone she wants to be.
Has he/she ever been in love?
A. Several times. James was the first, and he didn’t work out so well. Alec was the second, and, at least in Zissa’s mind, the jury is still out.
What is his/her comfort food?
A. Peppermints. Lots and lots and lots of peppermints.
Does he/she play a musical instrument? If so, what?
A. No. Absolutely not. Benedict tried to force her to learn to play the flute, but she rebelled, and has refused to be musical ever since as a point of pride.
What colour are his/her eyes? Hair?
A. Gray eyes. Auburnish hair.
Does he/she have any pets?
A. At the moment, no, but later in life, she’s going to have to contend with Alec’s dog.
What is his/her favorite place to be?
A. Home. Wherever that may be.
What are some of his/her dreams or goals?
A. Become a successful female inventor of the 19th century.
Does he/she enjoy sports?
A. She took up archery when she was young(it was the only proper sport for young women at the time) and rather enjoyed that. And she gets to do a lot of sprinting when she’s running for her life. Oh, and she jumps off trains.
What is his/her favorite flower or plant?
Either roses or orchids.
Do they have any habits, annoying or otherwise?
A. Zissa’s entire personality can be annoying to some people.
What is their backstory and how does it affect them now?
A. She’s the only daughter from a prominent English family of the 19th century. But she intends to be an inventor, a vagabond, and an independent woman. And it did not go over well with her brother, the current head of the family.
How do they show love?
A. Quietly, without a lot of demonstration for anyone besides the person she loves. When she does love someone, she would do absolutely anything. If they asked for the moon, she would find a way to provide it.
How competitive are they?
A. Extremely. Zissa. Hates. Losing.
What do they think about when nothing else is going on?
A. She considers her current projects. Unless she gets distracted.
Do they have an accent?
A. Being British, very much so.
What is their station in life?
A. Well, she started as the youngest child of a Lord, but was eventually disowned. So, it’s debatable.
What do others expect from them?
A. That depends on who those others are. Some expect nothing, but trouble. Others expect help.
Where were they born, and when?
A. She was born in the family mansion in 1849.
How do they feel about people in general?
A. “Hello. So nice to meet you.I believe I shall retire to my lab now.”
How old is he/she?
A. That depends on which novel we’re talking about. She’s twentyish in #1.
What does he/she do with his/her spare time?
A. Spare time? What spare time? She’s always running around traveling or inventing things or running for her life. Oh, fine. When’s she’s not doing that, she’s reading or getting bugged by her numerous eccentric acquaintances or fixing things about the house.
Does he/she see the big picture or live in the moment?
A. She definitely lives in the moment most of the time.
Is he/she a perfectionist?
A. Exceedingly so.
What does her handwriting look like? (round, slanted, curly, skinny, sloppy, neat, decorative, etc.)
A. Harried, decisive, scrawling.
A. Horses. They remind her of home.
Does he/she have any pets?
A. Absolutely not. They wouldn’t last a week around all of her explosives and acids and otherwise deadly substances.
Does he/she have any siblings? How many? Where does he/she fit in?
A. She has two elder brothers. The eldest, Benedict, hates her for impugning the family honor, and Flynn, the middle child, has always been and will always be her dearest friend and fiercest protector.
Does he/she have a ‘life verse’ and if so what is it?
A. Probably Jeremiah 29:11.
Favorite writing utensil?
A. Writing utensil? She’s an inventor.
What kind of music does he/she like?
A.Well, there wasn’t as much variey in the 1870’s, but she loves Vivaldi and rather enjoys the gypsy music she heard at the circus in book #2.
Does he/she like to go outside?
A. As long as she doesn’t have to stay there.
Is he/she naturally curious?
A. Oh, yes. Very much so. She’s always poked her nose into everything, much to the chagrin of everyone around her.
Right, or left handed?
Where is he/she from?
A. London England.
A. Oh, boy…tons. Her brother, Benedict. James Ainsley, a former love interest. Warren Churchill, an estranged uncle. Enrique Guapo, a chap she met in her travels, and many more.
What are his/her quirks?
A. Erm…She chews on the left side of her lower lip if she gets really nervous. If she’s holding a pen, she twirls it. All of the artwork in her lab must hang perfectly straight or she can’t concentrate.
What kinds of things get on his/her nerves?
A. Arrogant people. Crowds. Repetitive noise. Slowness.
Is he/she independent, or needs others to help out?
A. She is extremely independent, especially for a woman of her day.
Well, that’s most of the questions. As you can see, it really does help for establishing character. I would recommend you go check out the site for yourself and try it out on your own characters.