Beautiful People - Adamant

Sky and Georgianna Penn have begun a fun exercise in introducing people to characters by posting a list of questions for blogging authors to answer every month.

Once a month Sky and I will be posting a list of 10 questions for you to answer about your characters. You can use the same character every month, or choose a new one for each set of questions. Your call. You can answer all the questions, just one, or however many you have the time and energy to answer. Just go for it and have fun.

Because I missed March I'll go ahead and post March's questions too, to introduce my character. And because I like answering questions. I will do Adamant from my novel Adamantine, because Rhodri has been getting far too much attention recently.


1. What is your characters full name?

Miss Adamant Firethorne

2. Does his/her name have a special meaning?

Only in the sense of dramatic irony.

3. Does your character have a methodical or disorganized personality?

Adamant tries hard to be methodical, and she is, in general, a very tidy girl. She is most tidy when she is being tidy for other people.

4. Does he/she think inside themselves more than they talk out loud to their friends? (more importantly, does he/she actually have friends?)

The term ‘friends’ must be used loosely. She has companions, and she does talk to them, but she is not above conversing with herself, even out loud.

5. Is there something he/she is afraid of?

Failure. Too much hangs on her success for her to fail, but she is still terrified of doing so.

6. Does he/she write, dream, dance, sing, or photograph?

Adamant is quite a dreamer, but she is sensible enough of society to keep it to herself. She is a passable dancer and moderate singer, but she does not often have occasion or desire to excel in either.

7. What is his/her favorite book? (or genre of book)

Adamant is an eclectic reader. She is very fond of the works of the contemporary author Charles Dickens, even though she finds her spirit often depressed by him. She has acquired an interest in the ancient sagas, but unfortunately such stories are hard to come by. (I believe Puck had a thing or two to say about that.)

8. Who is his/her favorite author and/or someone that inspires him/her?

Adamant’s favourite author at present is Charles Dickens, whose works, unfortunately, do not reflect her own life and poorly prepare her for what is required of her in Faerie. This is what comes of reading too much contemporary fiction.

9. Favorite flavor of ice cream?

Adamant has only had ice cream twice in her life, and both times it was raspberry ice cream with a side of lemonade. She is fond of the taste, but not very fond of the extreme coldness of the dish.

10. Favorite season of the year?

Spring, summer, and autumn, but not winter. She enjoys the transitional phases of spring and autumn and the full bloom of summer, but she dislikes the drab aspect of winter, especially coming from London as she does.

11. How old is he/she?

Adamant is seventeen going on eighteen.

12. What does he/she do in his/her spare time.

Being of a wealthy middle-class family, Adamant has plenty of spare time, and spends it most often reading or gardening, or pretending to practice her harp. She is not a bad hand at sewing, though she dislikes the monotony of it.

13. Is he/she see the big picture, or live in the moment?

Adamant tends to live in her own world adjacent to reality and, when returning to reality, has often to sort the bigger picture back out of her immediate emotions.

14. Is he/she a perfectionist?

Not really. As I said before, she is a tidy girl and likes order, but she is not obsessed with it.

15. What does his/her handwriting look like? (round, slanted, curly, skinny, sloppy, neat, decorative, etc)

Adamant possesses a very handsome hand—her mother made sure of that—but unfortunately she does not have anyone to write to.

16. Favorite animal?

Adamant is very partial to cats.

17. Does he/she have any pets?

She has a sort of gargoyle which seems to exhibit a distinctly canine set of traits.

18. Does he/she have any siblings, how many, and where does he/she fit in?

Adamant has no siblings and is an orphan; however, she does have three female cousins, none of which really likes her.

19. Does he/she have a "life verse" and if so what is it?

She does not really have a ‘life verse,’ for there are verses applicable to all walks and moments of life. If she had to choose one, it would most likely be Psalm 28:7: “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in him, and I am helped: therefore my heart greatly rejoiceth; and with my song will I praise him.”

20. Favorite writing utensil?

She does not have a favourite writing utensil. If it does not bleed, does not break, does not overly smudge, and does not keep getting lost, it is an admirable writing utensil.

7 ripostes:

  1. Adamant - what a lovely name! - sounds like a splendid girl that I would like to get to know. :) Raspberry ice cream with a side of lemonade, oh summer, how I miss thee! :) Though like Adamant, my favorite seasons are the 'transitional' ones, spring and fall. Perfect, perfect weather, and so much color! Flowers in the spring, leaves in the fall. Mmmmmm...

    And thank you for your definition of meme, though weird, it made some sense when read very intensely. :) :)

  2. Adamant is a lovely name! I'm slightly jealous that I did not come up with it myself. ;)
    She sounds so proper, for lack of a better word, I laugh at the fact that she has a gargoyle! (I want one...)

    Your comment on my blog post had me laughing. I'm sure Maleck would be mightly offended to have you blessing his sloppy and roguish ways, but I don't mind in the least! Is it insane that I am in love with such a terrible character? He plays a vital role in my novel (one I won't give away) that leaves you hating him in the end, but loving him at the same time.

  3. I prefer autumn, myself, because then you don't have to combat allergies quite so much. But try convincing a Kent girl that autumn is better than spring! Ah, well, characters must be independent in some things.

    As for Maleck, it's always nice to have such villainy types. I greatly enjoyed writing my pooka, the other side of my evil-coin in Adamantine. There are some villains that you simply love to write. So weird or not, I am at least in the same proverbial boat with you, Finvarra.

  4. Oh...Adamant sounds like a endearing character. ^.^ I agree with the others, it is a lovely name.

    I especially like the fact that she's a fan of Dickens, and that she has a gargoyle of all things for a pet. :P

  5. Adamant sounds lovely, and intriguing:)

  6. That was a great post! I really wish I could meet Adamant-- she sounds amazing. I definitely want to hear more about her :)
    Kudos to her for being a fan of Dickens ;)

  7. I'm in the slogging process of editing Adamant's story at present, but in the not-too-distant future I may contrive to post an excerpt up for you, just so you can get an idea of what Adamant is like in her natural habitat.

    Editing! editing! So much editing!