So, a few months ago, I discovered the joy of having multiple characters from multiple novels. (You can see the weirdness here. I must say, it was fun to write.) Anyway, here’s one of the more… interesting topics in YA: parents!
Ft. Kamri Taylor and Collin Jones, who I chose because they have the most interesting situations in the story dealing with parents.
Ignore the fact that I’ve used Kamri many times but I’ve never used Collin
1. Overall, how good is their relationship with their parents?
Collin: My mom and I have a good relationship, I guess. From what I can remember, my dad and I did too.
Kamri: I haven’t met them; at least, not since I was little and couldn’t remember much.
Collin: What about Kait?
Kamri: She’s my sister, not my parent.
Collin: But she’s your guardian.
Kamri: Fine, Kait and I have an okay relationship. Happy now?
2. Do they know both their biological parents? If not, how do they cope with this loss/absence and how has it affected their life?
Kamri: See? You could have waited for this question!
Collin: We didn’t know they were going to ask that. Anyway, I don’t know my biological parents. I was adopted when I was a baby. I guess it affects my life. I mean, it feels like I’m not a part of the family sometimes. Before I came, it was Mom, Dad, and Mason, and it probably would have been the perfect family.
Kamri: Long story short: My parents had a hard time with custody over me, but I was sent to boarding school for three years after the divorce. I spent the summers in foster care. When I finished school, my adult-aged sister, Kait, won my custody. I dunno how it affects my life. It’s just… my life.
3. How did their parents meet?
Collin: Um… they were in the same college class or something.
Kamri: Kait won’t tell me anything about them.
Collin: Shouldn’t Josie answer, then?
4. How would they feel if they were told: “you’re turning out like your parent(s)”?
Collin: Very, very awkward.
5. What were your character’s parents doing when they were your character’s age?
Kamri: Legally, they’d have to be in school.
Collin: What she said.
6. Is there something they adamantly disagree on?
Collin: I mean, there’s the whole not-feeling-like-part-of-the-family thing, but we never talk about that.
Kamri: Kait and I don’t talk much, but when we do we don’t really disagree on things.
7. What did the parent(s) find hardest about raising your character?
Kamri: Probably trying to raise someone who’s only ten years younger than you.
Collin: Trying to make me be social?
8. What’s their most vivid memory with their parental figure(s)?
Collin: Sheesh, why are these so hard? Um… back when we had the family camping trip.
Kamri: The last I saw of my mother.
Collin: I think you’re supposed to go in detail.
Kamri: I don’t wanna go in detail. You didn’t.
Collin: Yes I — never mind.
9. What was your character like as a baby/toddler?
Kamri: I’ve been told I was very stubborn.
Collin: I’ve been told I was quiet. No one could get me to talk, ever. See, I do go in detail!
Kamri: Uh-huh. Sure…
10. Why and how did the parents choose your character’s name?
Collin: Well, I already had a name when I was adopted, so I have no clue.
Kamri: Well, there were the twins, Kyle and Kait, and then they had to have another “K” name, so Kamryn it was. Who’s going into detail now?
Collin: Not you.
Ta-da! Do you like doing Beautiful People? Do you like character interviews so much you don’t mind I’ve done two in like, the same week? No? Do you even write?!!??! ‘
Ahem. That’s my weary traveler brain.
Okay so I promised plot bunnies and editing so HERE THEY ARE. SORRY MAY.
Plot Bunnies: I got a plot bunny from a street name (XD) but now I have a story for May Twilley and Aubri Evergreen that will be written in the next year.
Editing: Okay so “Death by editing” is in my notes?? Let’s just say draft two is taking a number on me. But I’m excited about the edits I have planned for Draft Three and Four. BUT DRAFT TWO. X_X