Hi Virtually Readers! So I am currently VERY excited because I’m about to graduate from high school. You’ll definitely hear a bit more about that in the next few weeks. Anyway, because apparently I’m not busy enough, I’ve been working on my current WIP, Lighter Places, during May. It’s currently at about 10k words, but hopefully I can give it lots of time this summer. Lighter Places is about Elaine, who does lighting at her school in Thailand. She’s in her last year, and trying to figure out what it means to pursue a passion and also serve others. I’m linking up with Beautiful People (thanks Cait and Sky) to tell you a little more about her parents (but if you want snippets, go look at my twitter feed, ‘kay?)
1. Overall, how good is their relationship with their parents?
Elaine really admires her parents, who are divorced, but is a little intimidated, particularly by her mother, who does so much. Her dad works as a businessperson in Singapore, and is always giving her gifts, like a scooter–but she really wishes that he was around more.
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?
Elaine does know both of her parents, and lives with her mum. She doesn’t see much of either of them, because her mum is so busy, and her dad only comes when they have holidays. This means that Elaine has to deal with a lot of the daily issues with her siblings.
3. How did their parents meet?
I actually have no idea, haha. Let me see…. I think they were both in an international club in university (Elaine’s mum studied International Development and her dad studied International Business Management), and went on a trip together, and fell in love. But they divorced basically because they were too busy, and had high expectations of the other to manage that busyness.
4.How would they feel if they were told “you’re turning out like your parent(s)”?
Elaine would be gratified, but she’d be thrown into a bit of an existensial crisis, because she sees her chosen direction of work, managing lights, as not being able to serve others or make a difference like her parents have.
5. What were your character’s parents doing when they were your character’s age?
Pakpao, Elaine’s mum, was studying hard to get into a university in the UK, but also giving a LOT of time to soccer–she was co-captain of her team. James, her dad, was managing his friend’s band, dealing with their money.
6.Is there something they adamantly disagree on?
I assume this is Elaine and her parents? They don’t disagree so much as get into trouble over what they perceive each other’s expectations are–Elaine worries that her mum thinks she spends too much time and money on lights stuff, but her mother doesn’t really care.
7.What did the parent(s) find hardest about raising your character?
They don’t really understand why she loves lighting so much, and she doesn’t explain it to them. They wish that she was friends with their friends kids, but she isn’t, because she’s still figuring friendship out.
8.What’s their most vivid memory with their parental figure(s)?
Elaine remembers when her dad took her to the theatre when she was about twelve. She had loved film lighting before, but after that she fell in love with the interactive nature of lights in a live production. She also remembers meeting some of the women who her mum worked with, and how much her Mum cared about them. That’s what compelled her to look into serving others somehow with her job.
9.What was your character like as a baby/toddler?
She was very stubborn and very loud, and consequently had lots of friends. Her dad is always asking her why that isn’t the case any more.
10.Why and how did the parents choose your character’s name?
I don’t really know, because her name was initially Elissa, then it changed to Elin, and now it’s Elaine. Her dad liked it because it sounded old-fashioned and sweet, and her mum liked how it sounded, and meant ‘bright shining light”. But it took quite a while to settle on a name!
So are you engaged in any writing endeavors? Would you like to hear more about this one? how do you feel about parents in stories? let me know in the comments!