BEAUTIFUL PEOPLE is a blog tag thing from Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. It’s for writers to get to know their books and characters better, and for readers to find out about the blogger’s WIP!
I want to write a book – well, start writing it – over the summer (I’ve actually blogged about it before, here). A brief background: it’s about a female centaur (name: unknown) living a realm cross between Ancient Greece and a fantasy place which, obviously, is invented by yours truly. I have no idea what happens but I have a few ideas about the fantasy part of it, which I am sure will be discussed in the future! These questions were all thought up on the spot, and are helping me to plan and prepare for my next novel! (YAY)
- What is their first childhood memory?
Her first gallop with her family. It’s an incredibly happy one.
- What were their best and worst childhood experiences?
Best is definitely being able to run and gallop in the area they travelled in, being able to do whatever she wanted to! The worst… well, that is of course having to look after her alcoholic father whilst her mother was off being shared around the camp. Centaurs are generally aggressive alcoholics but she knew how to stay out of her father’s way.
- What was their childhood home like?
She lived with a group of people who moved around a lot – they didn’t have a permanent home. She enjoys the nomadic life, but doesn’t like what her centaur companions sometimes leave behind.
- What’s something that scared them as child?
When the centaurs would go off to a party, leaving many of the females and the younger ones and come back drunk, sometimes covered in blood, sometimes with extra trophies, and sometimes not all would come back.
- Who did they look up to most?
Her mother, although she didn’t want to turn out like her.
- Favourite and least favourite childhood foods?
Favourite: red berry vines. The berries themselves were poisonous (if eaten in large quantities) but the branches they grew on are chewy, fruity and very tasty, especially on a long hike. Least favourite: nettle soup. She doesn’t like soup much anyway, but nettles? Ew.
- If they had their childhood again, would they change anything?
There wouldn’t be much she could change, but perhaps making herself more known to everyone in the herd would have been better, considering what happened later on.
- What kind of child were they? Curious? Wild? Quiet? Devious?
A quiet child, but also very adventurous. She’d often quietly leave and return with a prize she found somewhere. Her mother always looked out for her, and so did her father when he wasn’t drunk.
- What was their relationship to their parents and siblings like?
With her mother, it was a strong bond, but she always feared she’d have to do the same when she was older. With her father, it was also a close relationship, and he taught her much – she didn’t fear him when he was drunk, but she didn’t particularly like to deal with him. Her brother was a few years older, and she didn’t spend much time with him, but he was always caring and protective.
- What did they want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become?
When she grew up, she wanted to be an explorer. Perhaps with her bond mate [stay tuned dear readers and I’ll tell you about that soon!] or perhaps on her own. Although centaurs are nomadic, she wanted to settle down, make herself someplace to live and thrive in a community. As for what actually happened… I’ll, uh, have to tell you when I find out.
So there you have it! It’s all very undeveloped and some of these answers may change, but YAY.
I’m thinking of trailing back through Beautiful People and answering more of the questions. I might post some of the more interesting ones here… Maybe?
Have you done Beautiful People? Let me know in the comments and I’ll check it out!