Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Character Interview: The Princess of Positivity.

What is your character’s name?
Sarah Elizabeth Peterson. 
Does the character have a nickname?
What is your character’s hair color? Eye color? 
Sassy has blond hair and blue eyes. 
Is there something special about your character?
Sassy’s superpower is her charm and positive attitude.  Think Elle Woods from Legally Blonde.

Who are your character’s friends and family?
Sassy is one of the Petersons, one of the richest, most influential families in Behr County.  She was raised in Fairhope by her mother and has never had anything to do with the Hannah Petersons . . . until now. She comes to Hannah to sell the family timber mill, and chaos ensues.
Who does she surround herself with?
Her friends and social set in Fairhope. Sassy’s mother is a pickle heiress and her stepfather runs a chain of chicken finger restaurants.
Who are the people your character is closest to?
Her mother and stepfather. 
Who does she wish she were closest to?

Her big brother Trey, now deceased.  But no worries.  She’s getting to know him as a ghost.  Trey follows her around in the form of a Dalmatian.
Where does your character go when she’s angry?
Sassy doesn’t get angry.  Anger is a negative emotion.  Sassy is terminally perky.  When she’s a little unsettled, she goes shopping.
What is her biggest fear?
She hates it when her mother is sad.  She’ll do anything in her power to avoid it. 

Who has she told this to?
Grim, a Dalvahni demon hunter. 
Who would she never tell this to and why?
She would never tell her mother, because she’s spent her life trying to keep her mother happy.
Does she have a secret?
Sassy is a demonoid, a fact so secret that even she doesn’t know it!  Her demon blood is the source of her wellspring of feel-good.  That and the fairy infusion she gets zapped with upon arriving in Hannah.
What makes your character laugh out loud?

Grim, especially when he’s drunk on chocolate.
When has your character been in love? Had a broken heart?
Sassy is engaged to a nice man from the right sort of family and connections, but she’s never been in love.  She’s been too busy nurturing and taking care of others.
What is in your character’s refrigerator right now?
Nothing.  She’s bunking in her brother’s empty house and there’s no food in the fridge. That’s about to change with a demon hunter in the mix.  Demon hunters are all about the chow.
On her bedroom floor?
Shoes.  You can never have too many pairs of shoes.  Shoes are VERY important. Sassy’s pretty sure things started to go south for her when Grim ‘swiped’ her shoes and left her in a pair of hiking boots.  Admittedly, boots are more sensible for gallivanting through the woods, but these were really, really ugly boots.  Demon hunters, it turns out, have little or no fashion sense.
On her nightstand?

A big jar of Skittles, a copy of Gourmet Pickle Magazine, and Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen.
In her garbage can?

An empty container of chocolate syrup.  Grim drank it all.
Describe Sassy’s feet.   
Sassy is five feet two and wears a size six shoe.  Right now, she is badly in need of a pedicure, because she’s been running through the woods trying to escape a flesh eating wicked old witch.
When your character thinks of her childhood kitchen, what smell does she associate with it?
Sassy’s mother doesn’t cook and their temperamental chef won’t allow Sassy in the kitchen. Sassy has her first experience with Hamburger Helper when she comes to Hannah, and she thinks it’s pretty darn tasty.  Or maybe she was just hungry from running around in the woods. 
Your character is doing intense spring cleaning. What is easy for her to throw out? What is difficult for her to part with? Why?
Anything that smacks of last year’s fashion goes to Goodwill, with the exception of shoes.  Sassy has a hard time getting rid of shoes.
It’s Saturday at noon. What is your character doing?
Sassy is having lunch at the Sweet Shop Café enjoying some of Miss Vi’s Southern cooking.  Sassy’s mother wouldn’t allow fried food in the house, so Sassy is pigging out on fried chicken, fried okra, fresh field peas, and cornbread. 
What is one strong memory that has stuck with your character from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
When Sassy was four, she found a picture of her mother with a man who was not her stepfather.  Her mother’s head was thrown back and she was laughing.  She looked so young and full of joy that Sassy almost didn’t recognize her. Sassy showed the picture to her mother, who told her the man in the photograph was Sassy’s father, Junior Peterson, who died before Sassy was born.  Sassy’s mother looked so sad and brittle, that Sassy never asked about her father again.  She has spent her life trying to keep her mother happy.



Suzanne Johnson said...

Ah-ha-ha! I love any man who'd leave a perky woman in the woods with only ugly hiking boots! What a fun character interview....I might have to steal these questions!

Lexi said...

Steal away. I found them on the web and shamelessly lifted them when I realized (last night!) that I had missed my blog. Bad Lexi.

Meda White said...

So Fun! I'm looking forward to reading Sassy and Grim's story. I'm suddenly craving chocolate syrup.

Lexi said...

Thanks, Meda! She's different from any character I've tried to write. So darn perky!

M.V.Freeman said...

I love how she deals with problems--shopping.

And when she laughs--seeing Grim drunk on Chocolate. :)

Lexi said...

Thanks, Mary!