Well, this is already late because it was the May topic, but whatever – this is the latest Beautiful People post from Cait and Sky. This month is all about the parents, so instead of looking at biological parents of my many, many characters, I decided to look at unofficial parents, since found families can be so rewarding and interesting.
Rain, the protagonist of Forgotten, is an amnesiac who doesn’t know where she came from or who her family is, but she’s quickly welcomed into the home of Mr. and Mrs. Norton. So far, I’ve been lazy and kind of hand-waved the whole legality of fostering her, but that’s because I’m focusing more on their relationship, like this post. I’m doing my best to craft genuine parents who treat Rain like their own daughter, which leads to some heartwarming moments for a girl who actually likes it when she gets in trouble with them because it reminds her that people actually care about her.
1 » Overall, how good is their relationship with their parents?
As I just mentioned, she has a very good relationship with Rick and Melissa Norton. They both welcomed her in with open arms, and like any good parents, they try to be helpful but they aren’t her friends. Since this is a paranormal story about teenagers, they often take things into their own hands, even when it’s not super-smart, and the Nortons will lecture her and ground her if she disobeys them because they want to keep her safe. Rain never resents them for it, though – in fact, when she’s being lectured, that tends to be the point when she feels the most like she’s really part of the family.
2 » Do they know both their biological parents? If not, how do they cope with this loss/absence and how has it affected their life?
Since she doesn’t remember anything, she’s not affected by the personal loss of parents, just the general loss of her whole past. She sometimes wonders about her parents, but because she’s so happy with the Nortons, her biological parents aren’t her biggest concern. The more she becomes part of the family and starts to remember bits of her past, the more biological parent angst she’ll encounter.
3 » How did their parents meet?
She doesn’t know all those details – she’s just learning about the family now, not five to ten years before she was even born.
4 » How would they feel if they were told “you’re turning out like your parent(s)”?
She would be so happy because they’r genuinely good people who care about their family and other people, from Rain to the new friends she’s made over time.
5 » What were your character’s parents doing when they were your character’s age?
Leading regular lives? I really need to think more about these characters and get into their heads. I guess I can do that now – Rick was a mediocre baseball player for a school whose best sport was girls volleyball and definitely not baseball, but he had fun and made some great friends, so he was happy; meanwhile, Melissa was a volleyball player at a school whose best sport was not volleyball, but she had fun and she was more focused on getting good grades and helping out at her family business, a local pizza joint. They were both happy teenagers who had bad days but good lives.
6 » Is there something they adamantly disagree on?
Just like they were regular teenagers, they’re a regular couple – they have their little arguments and disagreements, like what to watch on TV at 9:00 on a Tuesday night or if they should save their money up for practical things or blow it on that nice vacation to Hawaii (who’s kidding – they don’t disagree on that, just one always feels obligated to be the practical adult who plays devil’s advocate). There isn’t anything they really disagree on, not bringing Rain into their family or helping her with her powers (remember, this is a paranormal story).
7 » What did the parent(s) find hardest about raising your character?
The fact that she was a complete stranger that they let into their home who turned out to have powers based on her emotions – and she’s a pretty emotional girl? Yep, that was a bit difficult for them to wrap their heads around.
8 » What’s their most vivid memory with their parental figure(s)?
Hmm, a girl who hasn’t lived with her parental figures long and has no memories ahead of the beginning of the story? I guess meeting them for the first time was pretty vivid – after all, it made her feel wanted to know that complete strangers would still welcome her into their home.
9 » What was your character like as a baby/toddler?
I can’t really give any spoilers because, while I’m slowly crafted Rain’s backstory, it’s all spoilers during the first book. She had a very unusual childhood and was extremely docile and began to rebel when she was a little older.
10 » Why and how did the parents choose your character’s name?
I really should have chosen a different protagonist and set of parents… Oh well, it’s done now, and this is helping me get to know all of them nicely. Anyway, Rain chose her name because she woke up with no memories in the middle of a field while it was raining. However, this could work – Rain chose to use the Nortons’ last name when she enrolled at the local high school because they really were her family, even after such a short time.
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