Beautiful People #24 ~ Parents ft. Plot Bunnies + Editing


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?

Collin: Yes.

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?

Kamri: Who?

4. How would they feel if they were told: “you’re turning out like your parent(s)”?

Collin: Very, very awkward.

Kamri: Confused.

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

Character Interview With Loyalty

Hello, everyone! Today, I have the joy of “interviewing” Ari and Hinoki from Madi’s novel Loyalty. She interviewed my characters, Kamri and Erin, on her blog, so be sure to check that out!

Here’s her excerpt and synopsis, in case you were wondering what Loyalty is about (hint: it’s awesome).

My heart sank. What? I was grateful to be able to live, but swear loyalty to no one but the government? What about my loyalty to Sensei Kira? And the dead serious oath I had taken?

I had to face the toughest decision of my entire life. With whom would my allegiance reside? Would I die loyal to Sensei Kira, who saved me from the streets as a mere orphan girl and offered me a chance at a better life? Or live under the rule of the advisors who had done nothing but offer rewards for my dead-or-alive capture?

“What will it be, Xiang-Su?” Masatoshi demanded. “Take a mere oath and live, or die a criminal?”

My eyes swept from Hinoki to Masatoshi. I had to make a decision, and I had to make it fast. Who would I be loyal to?


Ari Xiang-Su, an intensively trained ninja living during the time of the Tokugawa shogunate in Japan, has to make some life-or-death decisions regarding her allegiance. It doesn’t help that her arch nemesis, a samurai warrior by the name of Hinoki Ajinomoto, continually surprises her with his questioning actions all the while she undertakes the most potentially fatal missions of her life. When allegations are made and trust is lost, Ari must once again prove her loyalty not to a single human being, but to her very faith.

What is the story behind your name?

Ari: Typically a male name, my name means “lion” “brave” and “eagle” across different languages.

Hinoki: My name is actually the one of a tree here in Japan. I’m sure that’s supposed to mean I’m reliable and stable, like a tree…?

How would you describe each other?

Ari: Oh my. Annoying — but faithful, fearless, honorable, kind…

Hinoki: Brave, strong, cunning, and loyal.

Do you keep any secrets from the other people in your life?

Ari: Yes — that’s definitely part of my job.

Hinoki: That depends on the secret and the person whom I might entrust with it. I have some untold secrets, yes.

What kind of education have you had?

Ari: I was tutored until orphaned. Then I received the basics from my academy with more focus on assassination and ninjutsu.

Hinoki: I was also tutored until orphaned. After coming to my academy, I received very high-quality education along with bushido (samurai qualities and morals).

Do you have any living relatives? What is/was your relationship with them like?

Ari: I do; one long-lost older brother. Though I’ve only known him for a month or so now, we are pretty casual albeit slightly hard on each other. And we both disagree strongly about murder…

Hinoki: No; but before my mother passed away, I had a close relationship with her. She was a very courageous woman who instilled lasting morals in me. And before my little brother died, I was protective of him. I hope I was a good big brother and role model to him as well, though I was only eight when he passed.

How do other people see you vs. how you see yourself?

Ari: Other people mistakenly see me as a notorious assassin, but since I don’t actually do any assassinating, I suppose I see myself as a notorious warrior — though I’m not a very good one.

Hinoki: I’m sure other people see me just as I am; a samurai. And I see myself as someone who wants to do what is right according to a higher standard. I

If you were given one wish to be granted, what would it be?

Hinoki: I’d wish that “I will not marry” was never in the Warrior Code.

Ari: Probably that I could have children.

You can check out Madi’s post here! I’m bad at closing out posts, especially collab ones… I hope you enjoyed this post!

Do you like collabing? What do you think about character interviews?