Meet Tom and Christy

You met Ava and Mack in my last blog post. Now, I’d like to introduce you to Tom and Christy, the other two characters in the new book I’m writing.

  1. Name: Tom Dunken
  2. Nicknames:
  3. Age: 47
  4. Height: 6’1
  5. Physical appearance: Long blond hair, long beard, always wearing an old pair of jeans, and a Carhartt jacket.
  6. Occupation: None.
  7. First thing people will notice about this character: He’s homeless.
  8. Defining gestures/movements: Plays with his beard a lot, nods at people.
  9. Problems this character faces: Homelessness, Ava problems, personal demon.
  10. What is the character’s home like? Nonexistent.
  11. Family? Lost touch with all his family, his wife is dead.
  12. What are the character’s hobbies? Taking pictures.
  13. What are your character’s positive traits/greatest strengths/skills? Wise, cares a lot for Ava, street skills, taking pictures, smiles through all the bullshit, honest.
  14. Negative traits/weaknesses: Smoking, blunt, selfish, Ava.
  15. What does he/she want most? Ava to get out of this life, and he wants to be with his wife.
  16. His/her fears: He fears for Ava’s future.
  17. What is something this character doesn’t know about him or herself? How good of a photographer he is.
  18. Religion:
  19. Key phrases this character uses: Calls Ava “Quickie” Uses 70’s slang.
  20. Proudest moment: Marrying his wife.
  21. Regrets: Ruining his life.
  22. Does the character have any habits? Smoking, touching his beard, staring off into space, taking pictures.
  23. Enemies: Himself
  1. Name: Christy Fleming.
  2. Nicknames:
  3. Age: 42
  4. Height: 5’11
  5. Physical appearance: Medium length blonde hair, blue eyes, scar on her neck, wears business clothes.
  6. Occupation: Owns a graphic design company.
  7. First thing people will notice about this character: Her confidence.
  8. Defining gestures/movements: arms crossed, fixes her clothes a lot, biting her lip. Look at question 22.
  9. Problems this character faces: Problems with her past and problems with Ava.
  10. What is the character’s home like? Two-story, modern home.
  11. Family? Siblings in another country.
  12. What are the character’s hobbies? Shopping, cooking, graphic design.
  13. What are your character’s positive traits/greatest strengths/skills? People skills, cooking, caring, stubborn.
  14. Negative traits/weaknesses: Bossy, private, too proud to admit when she’s wrong, work.
  15. What does he/she want most? To help Ava.
  16. His/her fears: Her past catching up to her, fear of failing to help Ava.
  17. What is something this character doesn’t know about him or herself?
  18. Religion:
  19. Key phrases this character uses: “No way.” “Because I said so.”
  20. Proudest moment: Breaking away.
  21. Regrets:
  22. Does the character have any habits? Waking up early, tapping her fingers, always checking her phone, jumpy.
  23. Enemies: Her ex.

In other news, the Coffee Courier is back in business! The editor, for whatever reason, stopped replying to emails and stopped posting our articles a few months back. But there’s a new editor, and I’ll be writing for the Coffee Courier again. Check it out!

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