I participated in one of these Beautiful People link-ups last November — and I really want to do more of them! This month’s edition is all about characters — we’re to pick one, and answer the following!

For this, I’m picking my main character, Charley.

1. What is their secret desire?
As far as a SECRET desire goes, I think he’d really appreciate taking a sidebar from all the questing, and death-defying, and general STRESS of his life, and go somewhere with endless towers of books where he can just throw himself down, grab anything, read for however long he chooses, and not have to deal with anything beyond finding the right reading snack.

2. What is the best and brightest moment they experience during the story?
As far as the first book goes, Charley’s best and brightest moment probably comes at the very, very end, when he finds what he’s been seeking and accomplishes what he set out to do. (Unfortunately, this euphoria isn’t going to last long.)
In the rest of the series, there’s a scene in a later book where his two closest friends take the time out of the aforementioned death-defying and STRESS to throw him a birthday party he wasn’t expecting, and doesn’t feel he deserves. There’s cake, and hot chocolate, and a fantasy world equivalent of trivial pursuit. 😛

3. What are the emotional places your characters are afraid to go to?

DANG CHARLEY’S ALL OVER THE EMOTIONAL MAP, HE’LL GO ANYWHERE. Maybe though he’s very tentative about putting himself out there romantically, and he doesn’t like facing his own mortality or discussing that subject at all. (is that emotional enough for you????)

4. Is there a place/city/room where they will never go? Why?

I had to really think about this. Charley really loves exploring and is willing to let himself get dragged along just about anywhere. And the places he doesn’t want to go to, he, again, tends to get dragged to anyway. I don’t know! Good question!

5. If they were permanently leaving town, what would they easily throw out? What would they refuse to part with? (Why?)

Charley does permanently leave his town! And you’ve just made me realize he would probably take a photograph of his late mom with him, even if he willfully casts aside everything else. I need to go add that in!

6. What do they want (consciously and tangibly)?

Overall, safety. In Book 1, he’s been thrown into a fantasy world he can’t find an escape from, so he mostly wants to go home. And to get back some control, even just a little teensy bit of control, over what’s happening to him.

7. On the other hand: what do they need (on the emotional, subconscious level)?

To realize that, though he only concentrates on the mistakes he’s made, all the bad things he’s done, he’s done good things too. He’s a good person, and wants to help people — even if he only focuses on all the people he’s failed.

8. If they could change one thing about themselves, what would it be?

He’d probably make himself less rash, less likely to blurt something out without considering the ramifications, less likely to go tearing into dangerous situations without thinking things through.

9.What is the most humiliating event of their life?

OMG I actually have an answer to this from one of the books. An excerpt, if you will:

(on the subject of unbearable, uncomfortable things):
Beyond even his calculus final in high school, when his stomach began to rumble just as he turned over his test paper, and, closed in a roomful of teenagers bent silent over their calculators, Charley proceeded to fart uncontrollably for the better part of ninety minutes. Simon, in the next seat over, kept burying his face in his hands, tears splattering down from his glasses, he was laughing so hard.

10. What things do they turn to when they need a bit of hope?

I think Charley tends to turn to his friends for guidance and reassurance.


AHH! This was so much fun. I’m glad I did it, and I encourage everyone else to head over to the link-up post and fill out one of these for your own character! It’s a great bit of introspection, really makes you think about them!



  1. Cait

    They throw him a birthday part?!! OMG. THAT IS SO SWEET. :’) Caaaaake. I feel like Charley is a super awesome character and I LOVE HIM ALREADY. Although #9 is very very embarrassing. ha!
    Thanks for linking up with us!


  2. Yes, yes, can we also play the fantasy version of Trivial Pursuit and have some hot chocolate and cake? I’d be up for that! 🙂

    Charley sounds like a fun character. Some aspects of him remind me of Harry Potter, though the bookish part of him instantly brought the boy from Neil Gaiman’s “The Ocean At The End Of The Lane” to mind. (I don’t remember his name, though…) Thanks for sharing a little bit about him with us!


    1. Why, certainly! *passes out mugs and breaks out the game board*

      Aw, thank you so much! Charley’s so sweet. And actually, his bookish curiosity totally came from my frustration with how Harry never read outside of his school books — if I was taken to Hogwarts, I’d be ripping that library apart, and I totally want to know what kind of fiction books wizards write! So, I’ve had Charley happily devouring his fantasy world’s libraries and bookstores. 😀

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