Welcome to another edition of Beautiful People, hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury & Sky @ Further Up & Further In. They host this awesome monthly feature wherein we explore our lovely characters in our WIPs. Hop on over to either of their posts for this month to join in! 😀
I’ve been doing an awful lot of focus on Razken lately, but in getting ready for Camp NaNoWriMo in April, I figure it’s time to start returning to Taylin, who is my actual main character in the book I’ll be working on next month: The Demon’s Assassin.
And now … the Q&A:
Favorite Book/Movie/Play …
Well, for starters, Taylin is from a world that hasn’t quite gotten around to movies yet, so those are out. She grew up in a very small town in the middle of nowhere, so she didn’t have a ton of access to various forms of entertainment.
But when she was roughly nine or ten, a travelling circus stayed for a couple of nights in their village on their way to the capital. Taylin was so enamoured by the performances of the tumblers that she hunted them down when they were done performing and convinced them to teach her the basics. After they left, she practiced constantly for weeks, and even now will attempt a random trick or two whenever she jumps down from a tree or something.
Taylin has a rule to not look back bitterly on past decisions — her father believed such thinking made people bitter, and for the most part, Taylin agrees with him. But she has had inklings of regret about signing the contract with Razken. It’s gotten her into a world of trouble, but no matter how much she thinks about it, she hasn’t convinced herself that she should have made a different decision.
If they were sick or wounded, who would care for them?
Her cousin, Darren, is a professional doctor! So that one’s easy. He actually plays a fairly prominent role The Demon’s Assassin, and, ironically, he’s the reason Taylin is formerly introduced to Razken in the first place.
An object she can’t bear to part with …
Her father’s knife is always at her hip. He was a butcher, and he used that knife to teach her everything she needed to know to survive if something happened. It wasn’t the right knife for everything, of course, but it would do in a pinch.
When her father died and she was compelled to move, it was pretty much the only thing from her prior life she brought with her.
5 ways to win her heart / friendship:
- Knowing interesting random facts about interesting random things
- Being able to call her out when she’s hiding in the shadows or playing a role
- Humor — she doesn’t laugh easily, but she enjoys doing it
- Dancing — most of her tumbling is very one-person-only, but she LOVES moving in general, and good dancers are a must
- Respecting her independence — nothing will push her away faster than trying to take care of her when she doesn’t want you to
Her typical attire:
Before meeting Razken, she mostly dressed in pale/faded blues and browns that were common in her village. After meeting Razken, she started wearing a LOT of black and grey (survival tactic). And then, when she starts posing as part of his household, she starts wearing very vibrant blue, red, and green dresses. Primary colors. Razken likes her to stand out without looking too garish.
Favorite type of weather:
She really likes dark and gloomy days because she feels she can slip away unnoticed so much more easily. But her favorite time of day is dusk, and that’s best when it’s clear enough out that she can watch the shadows meet the sun.
Worst fight she’s ever been in:
Before meeting Razken, she hadn’t really been in any fights. After that, her worst fight was probably with Razken. Not physically, because he would never harm her (she’s a great asset), but emotionally.
She mostly goes by Taylin, but her friends and family have been known to shorten it to Tay or Tay Tay. There was a boy in the village where she grew up who insisted on calling her Lin, and she now can’t stand that nickname.
In the second half of The Demon’s Assassin, she goes by Elsa, and something about that name feels natural to her, even if the role she’s playing doesn’t.
What makes her heart feel alive?
Using her magic. She didn’t even know she was doing anything magical when she was younger, but once Razken pointed it out and started training her, there was nothing in the world that could give her the same feeling of euphoria. It just makes her feel so alive, as if every time she uses it, she awakens something forgotten inside of her.