These are a recap of some favorite questions over the years, so some pertain to characters, some of them don't. James, from my largest current writing project (the science fiction story I occasionally yell about on this blog because my CHARACTERS WON'T FREAKING LISTEN TO ME), is the character I'll answer for when that comes up.
Favorite genre to write in?
Hmm...Science fiction, especially sci-fi/horror, and contemporary. Which is odd because I am not actually a massive fan of contemporary novels. I also really like writing psychological horror and magical realism. My favorite short story I've ever written is in that genre, and I'm really proud of it. Really any way I can mess with my readers' heads is awesome.
What book (a real actual published book!) do you think your character would benefit from reading?
Probably any book, to be honest. James needs to read more in general. If I had to pick a specific book though, it would probably be The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams, because that kid needs some imagination in his life.
What did your character want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become?
James originally wanted to be a poet. He's a barista and musician.
Favorite character name(s)?
Orion, Jasmine, Damian, Engilram, Larkin, William, Flynn, Raven, Canon, Summer.
Really, I like these names because of the characters who have them, and less because of the names themselves. They are pretty awesome names though.
What makes your character feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?
James feels loved any time someone pays him for something.
Kidding, obviously, but that's what he would say. Quality time and listening to his problems is probably James' love language, as well as writing him things. He would rip the writing to shreds in front of you and then treasure it forever. The last person to make him feel that way was not a person, but his cat, when he was having a bad day and she curled up on his lap and fell asleep.
Favorite character you’ve ever written?
This is so hard to answer, because I love them all and they are my babies. There's two though who I really enjoy writing (they're a challenge, though). Addie, who is pretty much the Gryffindor house on steroids and espressos, is the polar opposite of me in personality. It makes her a challenge to write, but it's a ton of fun once I get into the character, and she's a great plot driver, since she's pretty much guaranteed to find some kind of disaster and say "yo watch this I'm gonna do something" in situations where you should ABSOLUTELY NOT SAY THAT. Flynn is my other favorite, they're a sassy hot mess, and will probably die young simply because they, like Addie, don't have self control. They will deliver some serious insults your way, rip your fashion taste to shreds, and call you "honey" about ten times in the first five minutes of conversation. Unlike Addie, Flynn is great at consoling people after breakups and dealing out questionable life advice.
If your character were permanently leaving town, what would they easily throw out? What would they refuse to part with? (Why?)
James would throw out his roommate, Orion, and refuse to part with his guitar. It's pretty much the only thing he actually cares about (besides maybe his cat on a good day), and was given to him by his father for his birthday as a boy.
Favorite tropes to write!
Grumpy character paired with a literal ray of sunshine!!! I LOVE THIS ONE SO MUCH!!
ALSO SOFT SWEET BOYS WITH FEELINGS AND POETRY!!!
I also have a guilty soft spot for dark and handsome and overly emo dudes but shhhhhh mine aren't toxic they're just quiet and listen to a lot of music.
Which story has your heart and won’t let go?
James' story, absolutely. Sci-fi/Horror, amazing lead characters, and James is pretty much the personification of all the jobless, cynical people in my generation.
Favorite relationship between characters you’ve written?
ALL OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!
But in reality, Addie and William's friendship. William is one of my soft and sweet babies who has been hurt too much, and Addie is, well, a Gryffindor explosion. They have a really interesting dynamic.
Toni Morrison once said, “If there’s a book that you want to read, but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.” What are the books that you want to see more of, and what “holes” do you think need filling in the literary world?
I think there should be books where romance just, isn't really a thing. Small and insignificant side stories are fine, but in nearly every novel the protagonist is involved in some kind of romantic relationship. Friendship exists!
Favorite time periods & settings to work with?
I've been working a lot with modern settings, but I enjoy playing with them and adding a little Gothic horror feel into a 21st century atmosphere. So mysterious thunderstorms and questionable old houses with weird owners, but also cell phones.
When people are done reading your book, what feeling do you want them to come away with?
I have a lot of fun making people question reality and making the world seem more mysterious and strange. I want people who read my stuff to come away with a more creative method of looking at things around them.
There are my answers. If you want to have fun with these questions yourself in the comments, have at it!