So this week, I've decided to do another of these things. I should probably do these more often, but I keep forgetting they exist.
So this is a link-up hosted by Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In in which you answer the questions then put your blog-link into the post in question. Something which, incidentally, I forgot to do last time.
So this month, I've chosen to answer these questions for one of my characters from The Gatekeeper Chronicles. Specifically the main character, Hubert Herrman.
What first inspired this character? Is there a person/actor you based them off?
I don't really remember who he was originally inspired by, it was a few years ago that I first had the idea. But I can tell you that his name was originally Ivo and he was a World War Two veteran with a missing leg. Now he's Hubert and he's never been in a war and will probably start crying as soon as I throw him into one. And he has both legs. Yeah, things have changed an awful lot.
I think I took a lot of inspiration originally from the trailer for Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters. But I don't remember that well and literally nothing from that has stayed in the story it is now, so I don't really know.
Describe their daily routine.
It really depends on which point in the story. If you're talking pre-story, then he'd wake up around seven-ish, head to work at the newpaper for about half-eight then come home for tea at six. That's a fairly regular thing. And he'd spend far more of his free time than is actually healthy at the library.
During the story, basically trying not to die. And that is really a harder task than it sounds.
If they joined your local high school, what clique would they fit into?
Okay, so I'm not in school, so I'm probably not the best person to ask. I'll probably just go with film-stereotypes here. Hubert would be the weird nerd who always hangs out in the library and hides from everyone. But who is actually super-nice and is probably also pretty popular. He'd have an unreasonable amount of friends for someone who never talks to anyone.
Write a list of things they merely tolerate. Ex: certain people, foods, circumstances in their lives...
His little sister, being the centre of attention (or any attention at all), mashed potato.
How do they react in awkward silences?
He'd get out of the situation as soon as possible. Whether he'd pull out the book he's inevitably been carrying, sneak away or loudly announce that he wants to become a librarian, he'd find someway to escape.
Can they swim? If so, how did they learn?
I'm pretty sure that he can, but it's not something he does an awful lot, so he's not very good at it.
What is one major event that helped shape who they are?
The murder of his other little sister was a big thing that changed him. It's impacted a lot of his actions throughout his life and the story.
What things do they value most in life?
Majorly, his family. Hubert loves his family and would do anything for them. The same is true for the few friends that he starts out with and the friends he later finds.
Also, he really values historical artefacts and monuments. He gets really annoyed when people hurt them. And books. Books are important in life.
Do they believe in giving other people second chances? Do they have any trust issues?
Yes, Hubert believes very firmly in second chances. He's always the first to forgive. He does have some major trust issues, but he doesn't let them get in the way of forgiving people.
Your character is having a rough day...what things do they do to make them happy again? Is there anyone they talk/interact with to get in a better mood?
He'd read. Definitely. But spending time with his alive-sister would rate pretty high on the list. And spending time with his best friends. And also his girlfriend. He just likes people. But not necessarily a lot of people.