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Multiples of five on that worldbuilding ask thing.
I like how you asked thhis, haha :)
Since I realised I have veeeery little info on my characters on my blog, or even pictures, I chose one myself. Andrea Jane Delaney! Behold my two year old drawing of her:
5.) Is Andrea lucky in love? Can you describe any of their past relationships?
Hmm.. Well. I’m not 100% sure how to answer this so I’ll just ramble a bit. She isn’t super interested in relationships at first, or at all until she has a major crush on this one cute guy and realises “oh wait okay maybe I am interested in getting with someone?”. She’s pretty damn shy though and it takes a long while and a lot of pushing from her friends to take the first step and ask him out. Does it go well? Does she get harshly rejected by bakery boy? FIND OUT IN THE DISTANT FUTURE OR AN ALTERNATE TIMELINE WHERE THIS IS ALREADY WRITTEN
10.) Is there anything you can talk about from Andrea’s childhood or younger years that was significant to their development?
This is kind of funny because her childhood/teen years are what I’ve developed most, when her story is supposed to happen during her teens/twenties!
Andrea can turn into an owl, an ability passed down to her from her mother. However she didn’t show any signs of having inherited her mother’s abilities by age twelve, and most animal children go through their first change before then, most commonly around 6-9 years of age. Her mother feels bad and this and other things lead to her leaving her daughter and husband. She kind of just disappears without explanation and the stress of caring for her now heartbroken father and missing her mother postpones Andrea’s first transformation even longer, and when she is a teenager she finally changes for the first time and it’s pretty traumatic and she has no idea what’s going on since the whole thing was kept as a secret from her because of a slowly disappearing “don’t tell the muggles about magic” cliché tradition.
15.) How long have you been working on this story?
Since… 2009 at the earliest? I know I drew her first 2009ish, but probably started working on her story properly around 2010 or 2011.
20.) Tell about a significant location in your setting - it can be a city, a country, or even a specific venue, home, etc.?
Her high school/boarding school/animal person school. I haven’t developed this part very much, mostly because I’m debating the inclusion of magic users. It’s most likely it will turn out to be a purely animal person (therianthrope) school. It’s most likely to be small and deal with mostly late bloomers like Andrea or those who have trouble shifting or keeping their abilities secret etc., etc… It also offers normal classes to give the students a good education along with more control over their powers. Some parents send their children there if they’re busy with work and cannot take the time to teach their kids about their therianthrope heritage, because you know, there’s bound to be a few of those.
25.) Do your characters travel around the world or to a different place at any point in the story?
Yep! Andrea’s dad Oliver moves to England where he meets Andrea’s mum, Olivia (there is a silly reason behind the name similarities but it’s also kind of a cute reason so I want to keep it). They raise Andrea in England, but the boarding school is in America because of… reasons…
30 and 35 are not applicable to this specific character/story!
40.) What are the main differences between your setting and the real world?
The existance of therianthropes and magic! For many years they’ve tried to keep their existance secret, more after the times when people feared magic and witch hunts and stuff happened. This world has more legends of animal people, or even things like mermaids or harpies often turn out to be therianthropes who stop halfway through transformation. Further into Andrea’s story, some members of her generation start thinking this is stupid, they’ve got awesome powers why can’t they be SUPERHEROES or something? Of course this has happened before but more and more people start thinking that it shouldn’t be a secret and that’s as far as I’ve gotten. The story still needs a LOT of work and an ending and stuff, but thanks for sending me this so I can ramble on about my characters :D
SO… I’m going on a weekend holiday with no internet access for a couple days!
Just a heads up.
(remind me to post pictures also pictures of my summer trip to England because I haven’t done that yet for some reason)
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