So today I’m linking up with Notebook Sisters and Further Up and Further In. I’m interviewing Charlie Kim, who is the brother of my protagonist in the Alice in Wonderland retelling I’m writing (have you heard enough about it yet???).
Charlie is a very interesting character to write, because he’s very different to Alice. Alice is very airy-fairy, vague sometimes and often unaware of any danger she (or her family) is in. Charlie, meanwhile, is very determined, logical and loses his temper easily. He’s great.
1) What’s their favourite food? (Bonus: favourite flavour of chocolate!)
Probably something REALLY BORING like tomato soup. Favourite flavour of chocolate…plain. Definitely plain. This is to START with. Charlie does develop quite a lot, and I like to think that his favourite food will change once he discovers some of the yummy things in Wanderland 🙂
2) What do they absolutely hate?
Anything that doesn’t make sense. Which is why he hates Wanderland so much to begin with. He likes order and precision in his life, not madness.
3) What do they enjoy learning about?
Anything he feels will be useful to him. He doesn’t see the point of algebra but would gladly listen to lectures about taxes for hours on end (crazy, right?). He’ll try and pin down every detail of the world around him so that he can navigate his way through it (which becomes problematic in Wanderland because NOBODY KNOWS WHAT IS HAPPENING).
4) Who is the most influential person in their life?
Ooh, good question. I think he relies on himself a fair bit, but really he admires Alice a lot. She’s younger than him, but he’d like to be as carefree and imaginative as her.
5) What is their childhood fear?
The dark. He still has this fear (it turns up in the land of Tramautumn). Because, you know, the dark IS scary. Who knows what might be lurking in the shadows? For someone who doesn’t like uncertainty, the dark is a scary thing.
6) What is something they have always secretly dreamed of doing, but thought impossible?
He’s always wanted to let go a bit. Not try so hard to always be the best. He’d like to be more like Alice, who doesn’t worry so much, but it’s impossible for him. He just can’t do it – he can’t lose control because then everything will slip away.
7) What is something he is impractically afraid of?
Pumpkin. I’ll say no more.
8) Are they a night owl or morning person?
Definitely a morning person. He’s one of those crazy people who is bright-eyed at seven in the morning.
9) Do they say everything that pops into their head, or leave a lot unsaid?
He thinks a fair bit, but he’s not afraid to say what’s on his mind, either. So a bit of both, I guess.
10) What are their nervous habits?
A hard one to finish off, huh? Okay. I have to think about this one. I think that Charlie, when he is nervous, starts losing his temper and becoming even louder to compensate for how he feels. That sounds about right.