As usual, it took me a while to decide which character (or characters) to answer the questions about. Since I'm trying to get back to writing-editing A Girl and Her Dragon, I knew I had to choose a character from the novel to get my creative juices flowing. The only problem is a few of my characters don't have parents--or don't know who they are. Thus I was left with choosing between Killian and Brielle again. They've appeared a lot for Beautiful People. (In fact, this month is the anniversary of when I introduced Killian to the blog and the world through my first Beautiful People post!)
I decided to answer the questions about both! (Who's surprised? Really? Who?) I will be answering questions in regard to the beginning of the novel and not later into the story in case of spoilers.
1. Do they know both their biological parents? Why/why not?
Brielle: She knew them when she was a child. Her mother died when she was young and she only sees her papa every once in a while (and his visits have been lacking as of late).
Killian: Yes, he knows both of his biological parents as he lives with them.
2. Have they inherited any physical resemblances from their parents?
Brielle: Yes. She looks mostly like her mother with a fair, pale complexion, dark hair, and moon-shaped eyes. However, she inherited the striking green shade of eyes that matches her papa's eyes.
Killian: He inherited the darker hair, tan skin, and dark gaze of his father. There is little resemblance between Killian and his mother.
3. What's their parental figure(s) dress style? Add pictures if you like!
Brielle: Her mother was very traditional and wore long, simple skirts and dresses with shawls.
Her papa wears the typical button-down with suspenders when he's conducting business but on board his pirate ship he dresses a little looser.
Killian: His mother is also traditional but wears elegant gowns and outfits fit for the queen she is. His father is strict and traditional, wearing the fitted suits and kingly attire of Greene.
4. Do they share any personality traits with their parental figures? And which do they take after most?
Brielle: She has the quiet demeanor of her mother on the outside, but inside she rages and dreams like her papa. If the opportunity arises, she will stand for what she believe is right--something her papa does. Brielle may look like her mother, but she's definitely her papa's daughter.
Killian: He takes after both of his parents in different ways. He has the stubbornness of his father, which is why they butt-heads a lot. But he has the heart of kindness and compassion and acceptance from his mother.
5. Do they get on with their parental figure(s) or do they clash?
Brielle: She remembers only happiness with her mother. While her papa has hurt her by abandoning her, she still loves him dearly and would do almost anything to help him.
|Killian's father: King Xavier of Greene|
6. If they had to describe their parental figure(s) in one word, what would it be?
Brielle: For her mother, she'd say lovely. For her papa, she'd say gifted.
Killian: For his mother, he'd say gentle. For his father, he'd say stern.
7. How has their parental figure(s) helped them most in their life?
Brielle: Her mother has instilled hope in Brielle. Because of the happiness she remembers in the first five years of her life, Brielle clings to the idea of finding that happiness again. Her papa has taught her many things, but most of all, he taught her to believe in fairy tales.
|Brielle's papa: Emmett|
8. What was their biggest fight with their parental figure(s)?
Brielle: She can't recall any fights with her mother, but she fought against her papa abandoning her on the farm.
Killian: He fights with his mother only over his relationship with his father. She urges him to listen to his father, perhaps mend the rift between them. But Killian only shrugs off her advice. He fights with his father constantly, but his biggest fight comes through his more rebellious actions, which warp his reputation. His father thinks Killian should conduct himself like a future king, but Killian doesn't want to be king.
--The story isn't technically set in our world, but I'm going to use the modern nationalities to help describe the characters family backgrounds--
Brielle: Her mother is Asian (specifically Japanese) but her blood is so-called tainted according to the Crimson Kingdom's race rules in that her mother isn't wholly Asian. There's some Western in her. Her papa is Caucasian, specifically from the western side of Europe.
10. What’s their favorite memory with their parental figure(s)?
Brielle: She remembers making flower crowns with her mother while her mother sang beautiful songs. Her favorite memory with her papa is when he first showed her the meteor shower and told her about the dragons' souls yearning to fly again.
Killian: He remembers visiting a farm every summer with his mother and siblings. They'd climb trees, pick peaches, and enjoy the summer sun. He remembers when his father would comfort him after a nightmare. These moments his father taught him he did not have to be afraid of monsters because he held the power within himself to tame the monsters.
Thanks for reading. If you want to know more, feel free to ask in the comments below.