Can you believe it?
You see, I haven’t been blogging that long – I mean, two years or something, but who’s counting? – and sometimes feel like I haven’t made too much headway into the blogging world.
When I saw this “tagging” thing going on, I thought that it looked fun and secretly wished someone would “tag” me. But since no one knew I existed, well… I will leave you to imagine how that went.
This is turning into a bit of a pity-party for me, but that wasn’t the point. Several people were actually generous enough to say that anyone who wanted to participate were welcome to. But I resolved that I would wait until someone tagged me, specifically.
I am so flattered to have tagged by the lovely, um, well, the lovely young mystery person at Swords And Quills.
Let’s get to it, shall we?
Allow me to preface the photographs by saying that I don’t actually believe in basing a character off of a photograph. It feels too much like I am limiting myself to that picture, relying on it to know what my character looks like.
I would actually rather just draw them myself? Unfortunately, all my characters have remained elusive in this respect.
However, I have done some looking around for pictures that remind me of a character, or have certain similarities, just to serve as a reminder or an inspiration.
So, without further ado…
Keira looks something like this.
And Saint looks like this.
Who inspired this character?
No one. They simply sprung into my mind and haven’t left yet.
Okay, so maybe that isn’t entirely true?
I suppose that all my characters have a little of me in them somewhere. I know that I draw largely from my own emotions in order to write theirs.
However, I honestly don’t know anyone like Keira or Saint. Perhaps that’s a bad thing…?
What is their weapon of choice?
What a fun question! Let the killing begin!
Keira has no fighting skills. She doesn’t know how to use weaponry. She doesn’t have any martial arts prowess or neck-snapping talents.
Not because she isn’t athletic, mind you. She’s six feet tall and powerful. She simply has no interest in learning.
So. Her weapon of choice? Her words. Keira is reserved, a woman of few words. But when she chooses to speak, her words carry a lot of weight – to heal or destroy.
Oh. Yeah. Did I mention that she can kill people by singing? I may have forgotten that bit.
Saint, as an assassin, is proficient in all methods of killing humans. I admire him.
He can use a longbow, knives, or his own bare hands. Though he likes using his hands best.
Have they ever been physically violent with someone else? What instigated it?
As aforementioned, Saint is an assassin. He kills people on a regular basis. So.
Keira gets in more than a few tangles with Saint himself. Originally, I had these be verbal fights, but decided emotions were volatile enough that things actually become physical.
They do not like each other. At all.
Are they more of a rule-follower or a rebel?
Neither Keira nor Saint has ever been all that great at following the rules.
Though for much of her life, Keira lived in perfect submission to Edmonde’s wishes, it was not fear, but lack of opportunity that made her so obedient.
Saint has been a rebel all his life.
What kind of child were they? Curious? Wild? Quiet? Devious?
Saint was spoiled as the oldest male child. Keira was… unnoticed. They were incredibly close, Saint in particular was extremely protective of his “little sister.”
Where would they go to relax and think?
Keira’s refuge was the other side of the Wall she was forbidden to beyond. Saint loves water.
Do they have a temper?
Yes. This might be part of the reason why they are always attempting to murder one another?
Would they be more likely to face their fears or run from them?
Both of them would rather face the inevitable. Though I suppose to be fair, I would have to admit that the reason they are together is because both of them were running from something.
When they are upset, do they turn to other people or isolate themselves?
I think that they would prefer to isolate themselves. But when they are together – and circumstances force them to remain together always – they are also forced to turn to each other.
Both suffer from nightmares, but don’t know it. Saint has a seizure-like episode. Keira is dying, and so suffers from intense hallucinations. These things force them into each other’s arms – literally – and so forces them to open up to each other, even though it’s the last thing they want to do.
Say 3 things about where your character lives (as broad or specific as you’d like).
Keira has moved around a lot. She was born among the Guardians, inside their domain. She was immediately taken by her guardian to live in the desert with a Fallen pack. When that pack was attacked, Edmonde saved her from being killed and took her to live with him in The Empire. Years later, he sent her to live with the Nomads in the desert.
Saint, like Keira, was born among the Guardians. When he was about four, though, he went to live with his mother – Keira’s guardian – in the desert. Miraculously, he was not killed with the rest of the pack. He wandered on his own for many years, picking up new languages and meeting new people. He is something of a nomad himself, you could say.
The end, I guess?
Thank you, Writer Of Swords And Quills, for tagging me.
And, of course, feel free to do the Dual Character Inquisition Tag yourself. All you have to do is link back to the person who tagged you – that would be me, my dear – pick two of your characters, include a picture for each, answer the ten questions, and tag three more people. And don’t forget to include a link to your post in the comments so I can come read it!
Do you have any questions for or about Keira or Saint? If you do, list them in the comments, and, if I get enough questions, I will do my first ever character interview! I know, I know. Calm down. We got firsts going on all over the place here. Sheesh.