(We are totally going to ignore the hour at which I'm writing this. That has absolutely nothing whatsoever to do with the sarcasm that will follow. Nope.)
I decided to take part in Cait and Sky's Beautiful People link-up once more, because... *sniffs* it's the last one. The farewell edition. At least for now.
Because it's my Camp NaNo project this month (but mostly because I love it so), I'm going to be answering these in regards to A Soldier's Freedom. (Someday I may stop talking about this darling, but I kinda doubt it. Don't hold your breath, that's all I'm saying.)
Favorite genre to write in?Contemporary. *wince* I know, I know. Probably sounds bad coming from a gal who's written as much historical as anything else, but yeah. Contemporary. Historical is fun and I have no doubt I'll continue to write it, but contemporary is my thing.
What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading?I could totally say the Bible on this one, but I'll try to be creative. Although that would be a good and accurate answer. xD
I haven't read them, but autobiographies by wounded warriors like Travis Mills and Noah Galloway would be good for James, I believe.
Favorite piece of dialogue you’ve written?Oohh, snippet time. Here's one of my favorites from this book...
Brian leans back and crosses his arms across his chest. “Guess we’re stuck with you since you’re not exactly welcomed in the seat next to Miss Allie.”
“Alex,” I shoot back.
“You got her name wrong again.”
“Whatever.” He picks up a slip of paper from the seat next to him.
“And what do you mean, stuck with me?” I shift in my seat, scouring the area for Alex. She must not have arrived yet. “Here I thought y’all liked me.”
“Ehh, that was all put-on and little heart,” Brian mumbles, perusing the weekly bulletin like his life depends on it. “We were just trying to make you feel included.”
“Just drop it, both of you.”
I turn back to Lester. “Do you know what he’s talking about?”
“Kind of.” Lester yanks on his earlobe, cocking his head to look at me. “I mean, c’mon James, you’ve got to admit you’ve been a bit ornery lately.”
“Ornery?” I repeat, incapable of imagining the preposterous contortions taking place in my facial features right now.
Lester shakes his head. “I’m not finished.”
Let it never be said again that this guy is quiet and oblivious.
“Just be real be real about it, man. She broke up with you—I get it. But life goes on. Either man-up, apologize to her, and try to win her back, or just get over yourself and quit whining.”
Whining. He called me ornery and whiny within the space of a minute, tops. What does a guy say to that?
“Um, okay. Thanks for the advice.”
Favorite character name(s)?I hadn't really thought about it? I do love the names Sydney and Adelaide though. They're twins and Alex's nieces. ;)
What makes your character feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?(Since James got the second question, Alex is getting this one.)
Her uncle, Joe. Hands down. Joe and his wife Gloria took Alex and her brother, Kellon, under their wing from a young age. They don't have any kids of their own, but they 'parent' lots of young people in need of love.
Favorite character you’ve ever written?Ever?! Well, let's see... I love James. And David from War Tears is such a dear. But Ryder and Charity from Dandelion Dust will always be extra special. So...I don't know. One of those. xD
Which story has your heart and won’t let go?Currently, A Soldier's Freedom. (Obviously. That's why I'm talking about it and working through all it's muck.) But all of my stories have my heart, each in their own way.
Favorite relationship between characters you’ve written?Ohh, tough one. Besides James and Alex (that's nearly a given...), I love Lester and Brian, especially Lester. (He's getting his own story! <3) And anything that has to do with Uncle Joe is bound to be #gold.
When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with?Hope. Encouragement. Freedom. With the reminder that God is bigger than all their struggles. <3
So what did you think? :D Have you ever taken part in Beautiful People?
P.S. Did y'all notice that I didn't number the questions so no one would notice if I skipped around?