Beautiful People #18 – June 2016

Here I am again, participating in this month’s Beautiful People! If you’ve been staying up to date with my blog, I first participated in this linkup last month, and I’m excited to try it again!

For those who are unfamiliar with it, Beautiful People is a linkup for writers that’s hosted by the blogs Paperfury and Further Up and Further In. Basically, each month they post a set of 10 questions for you to ask one of your characters. Once you post it on your blog, you share the link so that other people can read about your characters! It’s a lot of fun, so if you want to learn more about, click here.

Last month, I wrote about Riley Taylor, one of the main characters of my novella, Summertime. This month, I thought I’d take some time to introduce you to Leslie Summers, the other main character. It’s a little different than last month since it’s the “Childhood Edition” of BP, but I wanted to give it a try anyway. Besides, I learned some new things about her, and I’m excited to share with you.

So what are you waiting for? Click on to read the questions!

What is their first childhood memory?

Leslie’s first distinct childhood memory is getting lost in a Costco when she was three. She was terrified until someone helped her find her mom, and she learned to never wander off (until she was old enough to find her way around, that is).

What were their best and worst childhood experiences?

The good experiences definitely outweighed the bad. Her best experience was the time they went to Virginia Beach when she was ten. As for her worst experience, it was probably the time that her brother’s friends wouldn’t let her play street hockey with them because it was “boys only” (keep in mind they were pretty young at the time). In the grand scheme of things, it wasn’t that big of a deal, but it upset her a lot at the time. On the bright side, it did motivate her to become better at her hobbies.

What was their childhood home like?

Leslie actually spent most of her childhood years in Virginia until they moved to Pennsylvania when she was thirteen. They lived in a quiet area, not quite in the middle of nowhere but not really in the suburbs either. They had a decent-sized house, but Leslie’s favorite part about living there was the wooded area in the backyard. When she was younger, her dad built a treehouse for Leslie and her brother, and she was sad to leave it behind when they moved.

What’s something that scared them as child?

Leslie wasn’t scared of much. Not the dark, not thunderstorms, or anything like that. One thing that did frighten her for a while, however, was reading out loud. Because of her dyslexia, she struggled with reading and became very self-conscious of reading aloud. As she’s grown older, she’s pretty much overcome this fear, and usually jokes when she makes a mistake.

Who did they look up to most?

Her older brother Aiden. They definitely had their disagreements and they didn’t always get along, but Leslie grew up wanted to be just like her big brother. So he taught her how to skateboard, how to play ice hockey, and was often willing to include her in whatever shenanigans he and his friends were up to (usually to the annoyance of his friends).

Favorite and least favorite childhood foods?  

Strangely enough, Leslie didn’t hate vegetables like most children. Her favorite childhood food was pepperoni pizza (she still loves it, but her favorite now is homemade fries). Her least favorite food was watermelon, but now that she’s older, it’s growing on her.

If they had their childhood again, would they change anything?

Leslie would never admit it out loud, but if she could change anything, she’d probably be nicer to people. She wasn’t really a bully or anything, but she held grudges against some people (especially Riley), and didn’t really resolve things with them until years later.

What kind of child were they? Curious? Wild? Quiet? Devious?

Definitely wild, adventurous, and energetic. She loved (and still loves) trying new things, which occasionally got her injured or in trouble, but she would enjoy every second of it.

What was their relationship to their parents and siblings like?

As stated above, Leslie has a very close relationship with her older brother. Her relationships with her parents are also pretty close. She was homeschooled until eighth grade, being taught mostly by her mom, although since her dad worked from home, he often helped as well. As a result, she also has a strong relationship with both of them, although she’s slightly closer to her mother.

What did they want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become?

When she was a kid she’d always say she wanted to either the first woman in the NHL or a professional skateboarder. Now she’s studying to become an athletic trainer. Funny how plans change.

And there’s this month’s edition of BP! I hope you enjoyed reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. If you’re participating in the linkup this month, feel free to drop a link to your post below! I’d love to read about your characters as well!

See you on Friday!



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