Thursday, June 5, 2014

Beautiful People Linkup--June

The "Notebook Sisters" are co-hosting a linkup called "Beautiful People." Each month they announce a new set of questions to answer about your character so you can learn more about them. Should be fun! :)

I chose Raven as my character for this month. She is the protagonist of my 2013 NaNoWriMo novel, a dystopian called Flightless Birds.

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

She only has a first name, Raven, which was given to her by the Flock. They found her in the forest as a baby and have sort of raised her since then.

2. How old are they, and when were they born?

16, born on April 11, 2083.

3. Describe their physical appearance. 

Short, black-as-coal hair, brown eyes, tanned skin, heart-shaped birthmark on her right shoulder. She's forced to wear raggedy clothes that are several sizes too large.

Bonus questions:

1. What is their race/nationality/ethnicity?

She never knew her parents, so she's not sure.

2. Do you have a picture of them? If so, include it!

I have three:

Erica Durance as Raven
This is the actress I "cast" as Raven, Erica Durance. Though she is much older than Raven--she's 35--she looks young enough to play her.

Raven, if she were a fantasy character.

Raven gone dark.
This is Raven when she's going through a dark spell.

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

Loyal. Raven often puts the needs of others before her own and always sticks by her friends, no matter what. This is usually a good thing, but sometimes she lets her fierce need to protect her friends get so out of control that she ends up hurting herself in the process. This is where characters like Liam, Flynn, and Toby help her to stop being so "suicidal" and make her realize that sometimes you have to take care of yourself first.

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

"What You Wanted" by OneRepublic. Like I said above, Raven would do anything to save her friends, even if it means endangering herself.

"Where the Streets Have No Name" by U2. Never once has Raven had a real home. She's always running from place to place, barely surviving in the wilderness, sometimes not even knowing what state she's in.

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

Fire. Raven is full of energy and love and deep, strong emotions. She's always on the move, always going somewhere, doing something, saving someone.

7. What is their favourite word?

She has a few: Blue, home, love, family.

8. Who’s one person they really miss? (It could be someone who’s passed away, or someone they’re not close to anymore, or someone who’s moved away.)

Blue, an eight-year-old girl who was a member of the Flock from the time she was a baby. She was like a sister to Raven, but she was killed by an Officer in the dead of night.

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

The sky, blue waters, baby birds or giggling toddlers. Anything that's innocent and pure reminds Raven of her.

Feel free to answer the questions about your own characters! :)


Anonymous said...

Ooh, Raven seems awesome! Now I want to read Flightless Birds!

Emma said...

This is really cool. Raven sounds so awesome, and complex! That's sad about poor Blue, though... :(

Melody said...

Now I'm so intrigued and I really, really want to read the story (too)!

The Magic Violinist said...

@nevillegirl Thanks! :) Ha ha, you can if you want to. ;) I could always use more beta readers.

@Emma Oh, good! That's exactly what I was going for! :) Yeah, little Blue plays a huge role in the story.

@Melody Thank you! :)

Cait said...

*sniffles because your Blue died* (Blue is a seriously awesome name, right?! XD) Raven sounds fantastic and I love those pictures of her! Mysterious and just a little eerie. Sounds like an epic book you're writing. ;)

The Magic Violinist said...

@Cait *sniffles with you because I loved my Blue* (Totally! XD) Thank you! Those pictures were actually my main point of inspiration for her. :) I was looking up something else (can't remember what right now . . . ) and I found those. I thought, yup. That's her. That's Raven. and ta daaa.

Carly Meyer said...

Raven sounds like a really fascinating character. I really want to read Flightless Birds now! Can't wait to hear more about her and your story! :)


The Magic Violinist said...

@Carly Thank you! :) Like I said before, you can read it if you want to. I'm working on edits right now, and beta readers would be really helpful!

Boquinha said...

Love it! Cool pictures, great descriptions. These posts are fun! She sounds complex and well fleshed out. Nice job!

The Magic Violinist said...

@Boquinha Thanks! :) She was definitely complex, but surprisingly easy to get to know. I got into her head with no problems at all. I didn't want to stop writing her story. Maybe that's why the book was so long!