If you don't know what Beautiful People is, you can learn more here Basically, it's a way for writers to dive deeper into their characters by answering a set amount of questions every month and linking up with other writers to talk about it! For this month's (May) questions and link-up, go here.
This month some of the questions are more deeper in regard to the character's secrets, psyche, and past. I debated for a long time which character to answer the questions about. The one character that kept coming back to mind as I read over the questions was Leezander from my sci-fi, cyberpunk, something else novel (tentatively titles Glimpses of Stars). Thus, I will answer them about him. Leezander is a space pirate captain and that's about all you need to know. :)
(P.S.: I don't have a good face-cast of Leezander yet. I've gone back and forth with multiple actors, depending on what they're wearing, how they're positioned, etc.[ i.e. I just spent too long looking at pictures of Grant Gustin trying to figure out if he would fit. I don't know!!!] So these pictures above reveal something close to what I picture. The one guy isn't exact, but his clothes and some aspects of him fit [like the dark hair and sad look]. The other picture is a cool sketch that fits the clothing and world Leezander is a part of).
1. Do they get nightmares? If so, why or what of?
Yes, occasionally (especially if he gets sleepless dreams through a serum). Most of the time it’s about his mother dying—re-living the moment kind of thing, trying to save her, etc.—but sometimes, he dreams about drifting off into space, weightless, free, silent.
2. What is their biggest guilty pleasure/secret shame?
Getting real sleep. He could just inject himself with something that will make him feel awake or help him get to sleep (without dreams) but he craves real, natural sleep. So despite it taking more time when he should probably be doing something else, he finds the time to get sleep when he can.
3. Are they easily persuaded or do they need more proof?
He definitely needs proof. It’s not easy to persuade him, perks of having a father who was all science and beat the idea of evidence and proof into his brain.
4. Do they suffer from any phobias? Does it affect their life in a big way?
Yes. I know he has phobias—and some that affect his life somehow—but I don’t actually know what they are. Yet. But they’re there. I can sense them.
5. What do they consider their “Achilles heel”?
His loyalty. His friends. His dreams. His love for stars. I don’t know which would be the absolute worst for him, but all of these would factor into why he could be ruined—why he is ruined in his story.
6. How do they handle a crisis?
With a clear mind. He thinks fast, he moves toward fixing the situation as best as possible. His mind is very calculating and observant, so he pieces together solutions easily and fluidly and then he acts—despite the opposition he might face.
7. Do they have a temper?
He can. When he gets extremely angry, the temper rises up. But usually he’s laid back and cool, or perhaps he appears that way and is hiding his true feelings. He can be very agitated or irritated, but he doesn’t always say anything about it.
8. What are their core values and/or religious beliefs?
He’s fond of the stars and believes there must be something bigger than himself and everything he looks at, but he’s not sure what that is. He’s come across many types of religions and ideas and nothing has felt right to him. He feels a lot of them are hokey or over the tope; ridiculous. But he has ideas and he’s working it out. In addition, his core values are about helping people and doing what he loves: flying through space.
9. What things do they value most in life?
His friendships, being in space every moment he can, and being in control. He wants to have confidence that the situation will turn out fine. And he wants to make sure it turns out fine in order to keep his friends and home turf (space) safe and intact
10. What is one major event that helped shape who they are?
The death of his mother. The events that occurred that killed her were partially his fault (or so he believes and tells himself every day), thus getting him and his best friend kicked off the spaceship his father worked on. And since he was kicked off and kicked out of any chance of going to the Academy for training to be a captain, his future looked bleak. Thus, he did what he was good at: stealing and controlling ships and he became a space pirate.
Interested in linking up with Beautiful People? Check out this month's questions here. I'd love to hear about your characters; let me know if you've linked up too.