Character Interviews: Hunter (The Society)

We’re going back to the character interviews. This should be the last one for a long time since I’ve now gotten the main characters for The Society, and I’m going to be working on that for quite a while. The questions are from the same source as always. As with Layton, Hunter comes in later in the story and this interview takes place right before her first appearance, not right before the beginning of the story.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Being brave enough to be myself.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Living my life how I want and not having people judge me or hate me for it.

What is your current state of mind?
Excited to have Ledia stay with my family for the next semester!

What is your favorite occupation?
I’m quite happy that I’m going to get to work for The Society. It makes me feel like I’m doing something important and making a difference.

What is your most treasured possession?
A doll that I’ve had since I was little.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Myself. I don’t mean that in an arrogant way. Everyone should be their own greatest love.

What is your favorite journey?
Life and becoming me.

What is your most marked characteristic?
I’m not afraid to say things that most people would be

When and where were you the happiest?
I try to be happy as much as I can. I don’t like pinning down just one moment.

What is it that you most dislike?
Closed-minded people.

What is your greatest fear?
Getting murdered. It feels more and more likely every day.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Ice cream. I will eat so much ice cream if someone doesn’t stop me.

Which living person do you most despise?
I won’t name any names…

What is your greatest regret?
I try to live without regrets.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I could paint.

Where would you like to live?
I’m happy here in London, although I do love visiting other places.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Not being open to new experiences and different types of people.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Comfort in their own skin.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Same as above.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Sometimes I don’t take things as seriously as I should.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Closed-mindedness.

What do you most value in your friends?
Their acceptance.

Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Hermione Granger

Who are your heroes in real life?
Anyone who has an identity not liked by society but lives as themselves anyway.

Which living person do you most admire?
There are so many people.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
I’m not sure if I’d consider any of them all that overrated.

On what occasions do you lie?
Whenever I have to pretend like I’m a non-magical.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Does “you can do this” count?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’m working on not wanting to change anything.

What are your favorite names?
I really like Madison, Houston, and Jayden.

How would you like to die?
Having accomplished something.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?
A robot

What is your motto?
“Be the best you that you can be.”

Character Interviews: Layton (The Society)

Yet another character interview, I know. This is the last one I had planned from the beginning, but I have decided to go ahead and do one more relatively soon. This one is for Layton, who doesn’t come into the story until late in the game. For that reason, I’m going to place this right before he makes his first appearance and not before the beginning of the story.

The questions are from the same source as always.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My amazing fashion sense.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Knowing that the people around you truly care about you and feeling like you can be yourself with the world.

What is your current state of mind?
Excited to start college and be independent from my parents more.

What is your favorite occupation?
I’m not entirely sure yet, but I want to do something that involves working with people.

What is your most treasured possession?
My favorite shirt.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
At the moment it’s myself. I’m still looking for someone to replace me.

What is your favorite journey?
The journey to freely being myself.

What is your most marked characteristic?
I’m just the littlest bit brash.

When and where were you the happiest?
Probably when I was an infant and unaware of the majority of the world.

What is it that you most dislike?
People who don’t utilize their assets, whatever those assets are.

What is your greatest fear?
My human parents discovering that I’m really a fairy and their “real” baby got taken by my “real” parents. How do you think they’ll handle that?

What is your greatest extravagance?
Everything. My parents are rich. (Maybe that add on wasn’t necessary, but I felt the need to throw it in.)

Which living person do you most despise?
Probably my fairy parents who decided they’d rather raise a human child.

What is your greatest regret?
As if I’d do anything I regretted.

Which talent would you most like to have?
My powers to be more developed. I missed out on a lot having human parents.

Where would you like to live?
Someday I may like to live in a fairy community instead of the human world. I’m not sure yet though.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
People who don’t feel like they can express themselves however the want.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Confidence.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Also confidence. Insecure people annoy me.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I think I’m pretty great.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Being judgmental.

What do you most value in your friends?
Having people to hang out with.

Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
I’m not really all that into fiction.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Ellen

Which living person do you most admire?
Too deep. I never think about this stuff.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Humility. Flaunt what you’ve got.

On what occasions do you lie?
To my parents obviously. The don’t even know I’m fae.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Please, I use words exactly the right amount of times.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would have been raised by the fae and been able to develop my powers since birth.

What are your favorite names?
Anything designer

How would you like to die?
With people knowing my name.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?
With my connection to the air it would probably be something lame like wind or something. Bird?

What is your motto?
I guess I’ll go back to “if you’ve got it, flaunt it.” That works.

Character Interviews: Miles (The Society)

Time for another character interview. The questions come from the same source as always, and as usual, the interview would take place immediately before the start of the story. This one is for Miles, who is Huritt’s best friend.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
My complete lack of caring about the future.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Having a ton of money but not having to do any work.

What is your current state of mind?
I’m feeling pretty awesome.

What is your favorite occupation?
Don’t have one.

What is your most treasured possession?
This action figure that Huritt asked his parents for when we were ten and then gave to me because my parents said I was too old for those sorts of toys. Mostly I just like to shove it in my parents’ faces.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Myself

What is your favorite journey?
Anything spontaneous.

What is your most marked characteristic?
Everything about me is memorable.

When and where were you the happiest?
With my best friend Huritt when we don’t have to do anything at all, but that’s so rare with how busy he stays these days.

What is it that you most dislike?
School and my parents.

What is your greatest fear?
As if I’m going to reveal any weaknesses.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Video games.

Which living person do you most despise?
My parents.

What is your greatest regret?
Encouraging Huritt’s little crush at first. I had no way of knowing he’d become so insufferable about it.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Get good enough grades to please my parents without actually working.

Where would you like to live?
Los Angeles

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Uptight people

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Going with the flow

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Attractiveness

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Nothing

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Caring too much

What do you most value in your friends?
Huritt knows me without me having to tell him stuff, and I can tell him whatever.

Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Batman

Who are your heroes in real life?
Peyton Manning

Which living person do you most admire?
Huritt I guess

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Most of them are overrated.

On what occasions do you lie?
I don’t know what you’re talking about. I always tell the truth.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
“Yes, ma’am.” or “Yes, sir.”

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d give myself different parents.

What are your favorite names?
Miles

How would you like to die?
Buried in money

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?
A professional athlete

What is your motto?
Have fun.

Character Interviews: Emily (The Society)

I had planned to take a longer break from these character interviews, but Emily rounds out Ledia’s best friend group (although I’ve also done Huritt already who isn’t a part of that), so I wanted to go ahead and do hers. Emily is also the only character who is not a magical being. As a reminder, these take place right before the story starts, which means Emily has no idea that the magical world exists. That means her interview is going to be pretty different.

There are only two other characters I have plans to do these for after this (Huritt’s best friend and a character that doesn’t even come in until late in the story yet I want to do anyway). After that I’ll probably take a longer break before there’s any more of these. There’s another character I just started writing though, and I could possibly do one on her soon too. I’m not sure.

On to the interview…

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Actually passing algebra last year. Math is not my best subject.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being surrounded by people you love.

What is your current state of mind?
Pretty good. I’m feeling really happy.

What is your favorite occupation?
I want to be a nurse. I like the idea of helping people.

What is your most treasured possession?
My scrapbooks filled with all of my memories.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My family and friends. Maybe some day I’ll get to say a boy instead.

What is your favorite journey?
Life.

What is your most marked characteristic?
I try to be optimistic.

When and where were you the happiest?
Anywhere when I’m with my family or friends.

What is it that you most dislike?
People who hate others for no good reason.

What is your greatest fear?
Losing the people I love.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Probably makeup.

Which living person do you most despise?
I’m not saying I don’t dislike some people, but I don’t want to put anyone’s name down and have it there forever.

What is your greatest regret?
I’m pretty sure it’s a mistake that I’m making every single day, yet I can’t make myself stop making it.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I wish I could cook like my dad can. He’s amazing, but I’m just sorta okay.

Where would you like to live?
I’ll probably stay in Rockport. I don’t know though. Maybe I’d live in Evansville or Owensboro. I’m open to the possibilities.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Not having anyone to care about.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Just be a decent human being.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
The same thing in all honesty.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I hate how much of a push over I am sometimes.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Being judgmental.

What do you most value in your friends?
I know that they care about me no matter what.

Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Katniss Everdeen.

Who are your heroes in real life?
There are so many people who have done amazing things, and I don’t want to limit myself to just one hero. I do greatly appreciate those who have struggled for equal rights in the past and today though.

Which living person do you most admire?
My parents.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
I think they’re all important in some way.

On what occasions do you lie?
When I pretend that things are okay when they’re not entirely.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
I texted Devon this question because I wasn’t sure, and he said that I say “hi” more than most people.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I would stand up for myself more.

What are your favorite names?
I really want to name a daughter Michelle.

How would you like to die?
Happy.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?
It would be really awesome to be some sort of bird.

What is your motto?
Treat others how you wish to be treated.

Character Interview: Devon (The Society)

It’s time for yet another character interview. (I think I’ll be taking a bit of a break from these after this before I do the rest of The Society‘s characters.) The questions are the same as always, and once again, this takes place right before the story starts.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
I’ve had a job on my favorite fansite for a couple of years now, and I feel really proud of how we’ve managed to grow the site just since I’ve been there.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
It would be not having any worries about what others think about you, not having any financial problems, and having a really supportive group of people around you.

What is your current state of mind?
Stressed over this test I have tomorrow, but I’m trying to distract myself with this.

What is your favorite occupation?
It would be cool to do something kind of nerdy, but I doubt it’ll happen. Whatever I do has to have time for me to take over for my mom on the werewolf council once she retires.

What is your most treasured possession?
I have a few signed books, so I’m going to cheat and say that all of them count as one possession.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Um, maybe it’s best if I stick to “what.” I think it would be the fandoms I’m in.  Both for the works themselves and everything surrounding them. They’re such great communities.

What is your favorite journey?
Do journeys in books, movies, etc. count? Can I say going to Hogwarts?

What is your most marked characteristic?
To people who first meet me, it’s probably my shyness. To my friends, it’s that I’m a nerd.

When and where were you the happiest?
When I’m doing fandom related things.

What is it that you most dislike?
Bullying and putting people down for what they enjoy. It’s not just disgusting, it’s stupid.

What is your greatest fear?
Public speaking, but I’m working on getting over it.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Books, movies, CDs, and all of that.

Which living person do you most despise?
Have any of my friends said anyone other than Mr. Brown? I’ll probably go with him. I don’t despise all that many people. That involves too much effort.

What is your greatest regret?
Probably that I didn’t speak up about something when I should have.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I’d want to be able to do something cool and creative, but I’m not all that sure what.

Where would you like to live?
In theory living in a city would be really cool, but I think I’d end up back in Rockport within a year.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Not having anything that you genuinely care about.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Non-judgmental.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
The same, but if we’re talking specifically about romantically here, then I’ll expand and say someone who would be willing to let me talk about what I like without judgment.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
My shyness.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Judgment or just thinking they’re better than others.

What do you most value in your friends?
Kindness. (Believe it or not, this even applies to Greta once you really get to know her.)

Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Does it sound a little less cliche if I say Neville Longbottom as opposed to Harry Potter?

Who are your heroes in real life?
J.K. Rowling

Which living person do you most admire?
Also J.K. Rowling. Plus other creators.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
I don’t really think any of them are overrated. They’re all good in moderation.

On what occasions do you lie?
Mostly around Emily since she doesn’t know we’re magical, but also around any other non-magicals.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
DFTBA? I don’t know.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d be more okay with myself and willing to put myself out there.

What are your favorite names?
This is embarrassing, but I really want to name my future children after fictional characters.

How would you like to die?
Old age.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?
Can I come back as a fictional character or does that not count?

What is your motto?
DFTBA

Character Interviews: Greta (The Society)

This is another installment of my character interviews feature. (I promise I’m going to post something else eventually. I just really want to do all of these.) This one focuses on Greta. Again, this takes place immediately before The Society starts.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Putting up with my mother. And sometimes just tolerating the idiots in my life.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being able to do something I really love and just be independent and on my own.

What is your current state of mind?
A little bored. I don’t even know why I’m doing this. It was Ledia’s idea, and she’s making me.

What is your favorite occupation?
I’ve thought about cosmetology school, but I’m not sure yet. Being some really cool business woman would also be awesome, but I don’t think college is for me. I’m still trying to figure it all out.

What is your most treasured possession?
I don’t really have one. I think the idea is kind of cheesy actually.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
My three best friends? Maybe? They’re definitely the most important to me.

What is your favorite journey?
I think it would be so awesome to go on a road trip all across America. Maybe when one of us gets our license.

What is your most marked characteristic?
I like to speak my mind and work towards what I want. Some people don’t like that, but I could really care less.

When and where were you the happiest?
I can’t really come up with a specific time.

What is it that you most dislike?
Boys trying really, really hard to get me to date them when I’ve already told them I’m asexual and aromantic. They’re the worst.

What is your greatest fear?
As irrational as it seems, I think it’s the possibility of Emily finding out I’m a vampire and being so scared that she never speaks to me again.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Clothes and makeup.

Which living person do you most despise?
I either like people or just don’t care about them generally speaking, but I guess I’ll go with Mr. Brown just for solidarity with Ledia.

What is your greatest regret?
This terrible haircut I didn’t fight harder against when I was about nine.

Which talent would you most like to have?
Get straight As in school without ever having to study.

Where would you like to live?
Romania would be cool just for the inside joke. Probably somewhere like LA though if I could choose anywhere.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
When people are so caught up in what others think about them that they can’t just live their life however they want.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Why’s it even different for a man or a woman. I just want them to not annoy me.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
Already answered.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I could maybe have just a tad bit more patience.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Caring far too much about what other people do with themselves.

What do you most value in your friends?
They don’t annoy me too much.

Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
Elle Woods, I guess. That’s my favorite movie.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Hillary Clinton.

Which living person do you most admire?
My grandmother is pretty awesome.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Gentleness.

On what occasions do you lie?
To anyone who doesn’t know I’m a vampire, especially Emily.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Does “I’m awesome” count?

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’d have more money.

What are your favorite names?
I don’t really care about names.

How would you like to die?
Out on the beach or somewhere impressive, preferably from old age or something painless.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?
A really awesome looking piece of jewelry.

What is your motto?
Do what you want.

Character Interviews: Huritt (The Society)

This is the second post in my character interviews feature where I interview characters. This interview is of another character from The Society. You can also read my interview with the main character of that story: Ledia. The questions are the same and came from the same source, and again, this interview would take place right before the story starts.

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
As long as he doesn’t see this, I’ll say putting up with my father. And maybe just being able to survive the amount of stress it takes to keep up with everything expected of me.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Being able to do something that I really want to do instead of what is expected of me just because of my birth, and also having people around who I know actually care about me.

What is your current state of mind?
The same state of mind I’m always in. I’m worrying about everything and trying to get through it all with as little damage done as possible.

What is your favorite occupation?
I don’t like talking about this because my job has been determined for me since birth, and I don’t want anyone to think I’m ungrateful for it. And I do enjoy some aspects of it. If I really got to decide what I could do, I’m not sure what decision I would make. Like I said, I try to avoid thinking about it.

What is your most treasured possession?
This is kind of embarrassing, but my best friend Miles wrote me this letter when we were twelve that’s the most honest thing anyone has ever said to me. I’d never in a million years tell anyone what it said, but it meant a lot knowing he trusted me enough to tell me all of that.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
I’m still trying to figure that out.

What is your favorite journey?
I don’t know if this is a “journey” exactly, but I really like being outdoors. It’s the only time when my mind actually feels calm.

What is your most marked characteristic?
To most of the world it’s that I’ll have a regional head position some day.

When and where were you the happiest?
Definitely when I was little. I’m not really sure when that all went away and I figured out that the world wasn’t perfect.

What is it that you most dislike?
As long as he never sees this, then my father.

What is your greatest fear?
Probably what my father is capable of, but in a more existential sort of way, I’d say I’m most scared that I’ll always be unhappy with my life.

What is your greatest extravagance?
Allowing myself to have feelings for someone who I know is never going to like me back and who I couldn’t possibly be with anyway.

Which living person do you most despise?
My father.

What is your greatest regret?
That I don’t have more courage to take a stand against what my dad is trying to do.

Which talent would you most like to have?
The ability to be a really great leader.

Where would you like to live?
I think I’d be comfortable staying in either Newburgh or Evansville.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
My father.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
The ability to stand up for what is right.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
The same thing.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
I keep coming back to this, but I hate the fact that I’m basically a coward.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
The inability to look past their own selves and see how they’re affecting others.

What do you most value in your friends?
Their willingness to support me even when it can be really hard to do.

Who is your favorite hero in fiction?
I really like Batman. I think it’s mostly because he chose to be a superhero without being given supernatural powers.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Really great leaders who did what was right even if it was difficult. I have quite a few.

Which living person do you most admire?
This is embarrassing, but I actually think it would be Mr. Vesirishvili. My dad would kill me if he found out I’d said that.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Detachment. Why would you ever want to detach yourself from what’s happening in the world?

On what occasions do you lie?
I lie to my father all the time.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Probably variations of words like “okay” or “yes” in order to agree to stuff people say.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
I’ve already said this multiple times, but I would be braver.

What are your favorite names?
I’ve never really thought about it.

How would you like to die?
In the least painful way possible.

If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what do you think it would be?
Hopefully someone who has a bit more freedom to do what they want with their life.

What is your motto?
You have the power to change your life.

Character Interviews: Ledia (The Society)

In order to kick off this blog, I’ve decided to make my first post part of a feature that I want to post here. The only feature, as of now, that I’ve fully decided I want to do on a regular basis. And that feature is interviewing characters that I’ve written/created. How often I do these will vary depending on what project I’m working on at the time (i.e. what characters I have to “interview”), but for now I want to start off with all of the main characters of a story I’ve been working on for quite a while (tentatively) called The Society.

Why am I doing this? Well, I love the idea of writers interviewing characters in order to flesh them out and really understand them. Plus, it’s just fun. Since Ledia is a character from an unpublished story that people may or may not ever get a chance to read, I’m not sure if this will be as fun for anyone else as it will be for me, but I’m excited about it.

In order to give you some background information, The Society is a young adult urban fantasy story centered around Ledia, who is set to lead the magical government in her world after her father’s death. Within that government, all of the highest positions of power are occupied by witches, with Ledia’s father being in the highest position of all, but these witches govern all magical beings. There’s about to be some serious political unrest within that government due to this, but since this interview occurs immediately before the events of the story, Ledia has only experienced the very beginnings of what is about to happen.

All of the questions I’ve “asked” Ledia here come from a character questionnaire that I got from Gotham Writers (second questionnaire on the page) although they note that it is a questionnaire created by Marcel Proust, a French author.

Now, on to the interview…

What do you consider your greatest achievement?
Hopefully I haven’t had my greatest achievement yet, since I haven’t done anything particularly exciting. I mean, I’m heir to the National Head position, but that didn’t involve achieving anything. I’ve made honor roll. I guess I could say that.

What is your idea of perfect happiness?
In a perfect world I’d be able to tell all the non-magicals about us. It’s really hard sometimes having to hide away like we do. Plus, being able to use magic in public would be so useful! I’d really like to be able to at least tell Emily since she’s one of my best friends, and it kills me that she doesn’t know. It’d also be nice if I could be with Caden and not worry about losing my powers. That’d be nice.

What is your current state of mind?
Busy. Between school work and helping out at Headquarters, I’m busy a lot. Especially now that I’m in an AP class. I guess frazzled is a good word to use for it, and whatever Mr. Brown seems to be getting up to is only making it worse.

What is your favorite occupation?
Hmm. I never have to think about that much since I’ve had my job laid out for me since birth. Whenever I have to lie to non-magicals about my future though, I usually say I’m interested in politics since it’s actually true. And I do actually like government. Maybe because I was raised with so much respect for it.

What is your most treasured possession?
My ancestor Circe left a book that’s been passed down in my family ever since. As the heir, it was given to me when I was still little, and I’d guard it with my life. It recounts Circe’s history from her point-of-view, and it also records various spells and things. It’s a really beautiful book, and it could be dangerous in the wrong hands. No one outside our family has ever been permitted to read it.

What or who is the greatest love of your life?
That’s a bit of a tricky question for me. I like Caden. I like Caden a lot actually. I don’t think it can be called love when you’re not in a relationship though, and since we can’t get married, it all seems rather useless. I mean, he’s a non-magical, and if I marry a non-magical, then I lose my powers and The Society has no heir. Not that I’m thinking about marriage. I’m only a high school sophomore. I’m definitely not thinking about marriage. I’m just going to focus on the “what” because I think The Society could be considered a, if not “the,” great love of my life. It has to be if I’m going to do my job well.

What is your favorite journey?
Moving to America was definitely a journey. I was scared about seeming strange, and even though I’d been learning English for most of my life, I wasn’t sure how speaking it every day would be. A lot of important things have happened to me here in Indiana though, and I’m glad I’ve had these past several years.

What is your most marked characteristic?
Everyone calls me bossy. I’ll admit I like knowing how things are going, and maybe I prefer doing things myself, but I’m not sure “bossy” is warranted. Personally, I would like to think how hard I work is my best characteristic, but sadly, most of the people at school don’t even know about work.

When and where were you the happiest?
Things were definitely calmer back in Georgia (the country, not the state). I was also only twelve when we moved, so it’s not like I had to deal with “adult” problems. My family’s still back there other than my parents, so it’d be nice being with them too. Georgia will always be home first and foremost. Mainly I just miss not having to worry about Mr. Brown every day like we do now. That was nice.

What is it that you most dislike?
The Brown family. Mr. Brown and his son Huritt mostly. They’re the cause of all of the madness in our lives right now. I’m basically convinced Mr. Brown is pure evil, even though Mama says I should stop treating him like he’s some movie villain. “He’s just a politician with terrible ideas,” according to Mama, and obviously that’s true, but those terrible ideas are pretty borderline evil to me. As for Huritt, he just goes along with his dad, but in addition to that, he has this annoying habit of trying to befriend me. Me, the girl who is completely politically opposed to everything he stands for. I wish he would just stop.

What is your greatest fear?
If we were talking to non-magicals here, I’d go with something like “failure,” which is true, but that doesn’t bring up everything that’s happening in The Society recently. Really I’m mostly scared about what Mr. Brown’s going to do in the future. He’s freaking me out more and more.

What is your greatest extravagance?
I don’t really think I have one? I don’t know. Greta would be a better person to ask this question too. She’s the definition to extravagant.

Which living person do you most despise?
Mr. Brown and Huritt. I can’t choose, but the hatred toward Huritt is more personal since he bothers me. Mr. Brown is just a terrible human being, and anyone should be able to see that.

What is your greatest regret?
I wish I’d kept up with my friends back in Georgia better. I hardly talk to them anymore. Actually, maybe I’ll send them a message or something once I’m finished here.

Which talent would you most like to have?
I’ve always been so jealous of people with photographic memories. It’d make school so much easier.

Where would you like to live?
I have to go back to Georgia once things with Mr. Brown are settled. That’s where my family has lived since before The Society was even founded. It would cause a huge uproar if we permanently moved Headquarters I think. People just allow it now because everyone knows Mr. Brown would be dangerous unchecked. It does kind of suck though since I’ve gotten so used to Indiana and America in general, and all my friends are here now.

What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
Probably Huritt Brown’s life. That was mean I know, but it’s so true that I can’t even feel guilty. For me though, it would definitely be losing my magic like I would if I married a non-magical. I can’t even imagine how excruciating that would be.

What is the quality you most like in a man?
Intelligence. I have to be able to have a conversation with someone.

What is the quality you most like in a woman?
I’ll go with niceness just so I don’t say intelligence twice in a row, which I guess is funny when I have Greta as a best friend. She really is nice though once you get past the rough edges. I do really admire how tough she is too, so maybe I could say that. She never backs down.

What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?
Sometimes I wish I was a bit less of a perfectionist. I’d probably be a lot less stressed out.

What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Laziness. Maybe it’s because I work so hard, but I can’t stand when other people don’t do as much as they could.

What do you most value in your friends?
It meant a lot that my friends were so welcoming of the “new girl” when I moved here. Emily especially is great. As the only non-magical of the group, she has to think that some weird stuff is going on with her best friends, but she’s never actually questioned us about it. It’s kind of amazing how trusting she is of us.

Who is your favorite hero of fiction?
If I was talking to non-magicals, I’d say Circe, but since I know she existed, I have to pick someone else. There are so many to choose from too. I really admire strong women who are in positions of power, both in fiction and in history. My favorite book of all time is The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare though, and I love Kit in that book.

Who are your heroes in real life?
Definitely my dad. He runs an entire government. How could I not find that amazing?

Which living person do you most admire?
My dad again. And also Emily for the reasons I mentioned earlier.

What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
Humility or modesty. They’re good to an extent sure, but some people take them way too far. You should be proud of things you manage to accomplish and not sell yourself short.

On what occasions do you lie?
Almost every single time I interact with non-magicals.

Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Greta made me erase what I had, and instead wants me to tell you that I use variations of “did you know” too often, which leads to me talking about things that no one cares about. She finds it annoying, and now I have to listen to her grumble about it.

If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
It’d be nice to have less responsibility but just for a day or two. Also, the perfectionism thing. I should work on that.

What are your favorite names?
I love names that come from Greek mythology. That’s probably where all of my kids’ names will end up coming from. I really want a girl named Athena.

How would you like to die?
I would like to not die due to something Mr. Brown ends up doing… That’s about the only place my mind can take that question these days.

If you were to die and come back as a person or thing, what do you think it would be?
It’d be cool if I could become a book. I’m not sure which one, but hopefully it would be a good one.

What is your motto?
“Hard work will pay off.”