Character Questionnaire: Spencer

Continuing what I did last week, here’s another character questionnaire! Like I mentioned last week, I was inspired by Miranda Kulig at Miranda Writes to do these questionnaires, so be sure to visit her blog too! She gives awesome writing advice. And don’t forget, you can find all these questions for yourself here.

Today, I’m featuring Spencer Rose, the other main character from my Camp NaNo story, “The Show Must Go On.” Spencer is the newcomer in this story, having just met the band when she finds out they’re looking for a drummer. She fits in with the others pretty easily (well, most of them at least). But enough about that – on to the questions!

What is your character’s name? Does the character have a nickname?

Spencer Rose Mitchell. She usually lists her name as Spencer Rose unless it’s a legal document. Most people call her Spencer, a few (*cough* Riley) call her Spence.

What is your character’s hair color? Eye color?

Naturally, her hair is brown (almost black), but she colors it dark red. Her eyes are hazel.

What kind of distinguishing facial features does your character have?

She used to have a lot of freckles, but they’ve mostly faded as she’s gotten older. She has dimples when she smiles. Contrary to Chey, she rarely wears makeup, and when she does, it’s not very noticeable.

Does your character have a birthmark? Where is it? What about scars? How did she get them?

Spencer has a little tiny scar on her left thumb. She didn’t get it from anything exciting – she was chopping vegetables when her roommate accidentally surprised her.

Who are your character’s friends and family? Who does she surround herself with? Who are the people your character is closest to? Who does he wish he were closest to?

Spencer is an only child and lives away from her parents. She is still very close to them, however, particularly her dad. She has a handful of friends from college, but she only sees them occasionally. She often wishes she were closer to them.

Where was your character born? Where has she lived since then? Where does she call home?

Spencer was born near Canton, Ohio and grew up in that area. She began attending Queensview College (which I totally made up) in Pennsylvania after high school, and has stayed in that area since. She considers it her home (though Canton always holds a special place in her heart).

Where does your character go when she’s angry?

In an ideal world, Spencer would love to retreat back to her apartment whenever she’s angry or frustrated about something. However, that isn’t always possible, so she usually looks for the quietest/emptiest place nearby until she can calm down.

What is her biggest fear? Who has she told this to? Who would she never tell this to? Why?

Spencer’s biggest fear is being an inconvenience or useless. She’s never told anyone this, partly because it’s a hard thing to put into words, but also because she tries to avoid dwelling on those thoughts.

Does she have a secret?

Yes, but I can’t tell you. It’s a spoiler. I will say that it’s not the type of secret that she keeps out of shame or anything, it’s just the type of thing that doesn’t really come up in conversation.

What makes your character laugh out loud?

Despite her serious resting face, it’s not that hard to make Spencer laugh. She finds other people the funniest, though – she’s amused by all the quirks that different people have.

When has your character been in love? Had a broken heart?

Spencer was pretty heartbroken when she found out one of her favorite bands was breaking up, but other than that, she’s never really experienced a broken heart.

What is in your character’s refrigerator right now? On her bedroom floor? On her nightstand? In her garbage can?

Spencer’s fridge is appropriately stocked with water, Capri Sun pouches, strawberries, chocolate milk, and deli foods for making lunches. She always has a meal plan for the week (it’s easy when you live alone).

Considering it’s a studio apartment, the whole apartment is her bedroom, haha. Still, she keeps her space pretty neat. She has an alarm clock and a lamp on her nightstand, with the occasional book.

Look at your character’s feet. Describe what you see there. Does she wear dress shoes, gym shoes, or none at all? Is she in socks that are ratty and full of holes? Or is she wearing a pair of blue and gold slippers knitted by her grandmother?

Spencer wears a pair of black Converse All-Stars, though the fabric is so faded they look more gray than black. She’s had them for years, and they’re really worn down, but she’s too attached to them to part ways. When she’s at her job, however, she wears dress shoes.

When your character thinks of her childhood kitchen, what smell does she associate with it? Sauerkraut? Oatmeal cookies? Paint? Why is that smell so resonant for her?

The smell of freshly baked bread (or any baked goods, really). Though Spencer’s mom cooked most of their meals, her dad is a baking enthusiast, and Spencer always loved being the “taste tester” for his latest creations.

Your character is doing intense spring cleaning. What is easy for her to throw out? What is difficult for her to part with? Why?

Spencer gets attached to the randomest things, like ticket stubs and thank-you cards, so she would have a hard time throwing out some of the things that would be the first to go for most people. It would be easier her to get rid of things she clearly doesn’t need, like extra pencils or old clothes. Those things don’t usually have sentimental value to her, so it’s an easier decision.

It’s Saturday at noon. What is your character doing? Give details. If she’s eating breakfast, what exactly does she eat? If she’s stretching out in her backyard to sun, what kind of blanket or towel does she lie on?

By Saturday at noon, Spencer is already up and about, reading a book, playing her drums, or working on a project (sometimes she even brings work home, which she’s not technically supposed to do. Or, she might be taking a break and talking to her friends or family.

What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?

Spencer distinctly remembers getting separated from her parents in Costco when she was about eight years old. Granted, she might’ve been old enough to figure out a solution, but she completely panicked. Everything was okay when she found her parents again, but it still haunts her sometimes – she hated that feeling of helplessness.

Your character is getting ready for a night out. Where is she going? What does she wear? Who will she be with?

Spencer isn’t really a “going out” kind of person. If she does have evening plans, that usually means she’ll be watching TV or reading a book in her apartment. When she does, on rare occasions, actually have a night out, she might go see a movie or something else that doesn’t involve much effort. She doesn’t wear much different than her everyday wardrobe, and she usually goes out by herself (maybe one or two friends).

Thanks for reading! I’m finally coming down the home stretch for my Camp NaNoWriMo project, and I’m excited to see everything wrapped up. I’ve had a lot of fun exploring my two main characters, and I hope you’ve enjoyed learning more about them too.

Until next time!

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