About few days ago, I wrote a post about my writing projects for the year. I’ve officially decided that idea #1, The Skeleton Queen, is my…well…#1 writing project. I still love Lifeblood, my other project, but A) the Skeleton Queen will take longer to write, and B) I don’t actually plan on trying to get Lifeblood published, but I DO want to try to get The Skeleton Queen published.
And, before we start we Beautiful People, a few quick details about TSQ:
- Main character is Queen Rose Marvel Bouvet, a newly crowned queen who didn’t realize she was a necromancer and accidently reanimates the entire graveyard during her father’s funeral.
- This causes a panic, because it is understandably very upsetting to see your half-decomposed Great Aunt Maggie pull herself from her grave and go stumbling off across the graveyard along with three centuries worth of skeletons.
- While Rose is the narrator, there’s also Sabine Charlier, the daughter of the local woodwitch, the love interest, and Prince Yu Huan, the visiting son of the emperor and emperess of a neighboring kingdom, who really, really wants him to marry the now extremely powerful Queen Rose.
- Which is a problem for two reasons: 1) He’s asexual, and 2) He’s secretly dating his royal guard.
Beautiful People is a monthly writing link-up, hosted by Cait @ Paper Fury, and Sky @ Further Up and Further In! This month is all about couples, in honor of Valentine’s Day! In this case, Rose and Sabine! I love writing romances, because, honestly, most of the romances I read aren’t really relationships I want to have. But I’m all for the cute, squishy, emotional-based relationships instead of ones all about the sexual side of it. And while I do realize to 98% of the population, the sexual side of a relationship is important, to me it isn’t, so I try to…y’know…balance it out when I write romances.
But I’m getting mildly off topic, so, onward!
How and why did they meet?
Remember the whole reanimating the graveyard thing? Rose goes hunting to find someone to explain why this happens, finds the local woodwitch, and therefor, meets the woodwitch’s daughter, Sabine.
What were their first impressions of each other?
Rose about Sabine: She thought Sabine seemed relatively…unconcerned that the person people are now calling “The Skeleton Queen” just walked into her storefront.
Sabine about Rose: She thought Rose looked extremely lost, mildly scared and very, very tired. Upon talking with her, she realized that her first impression was right.
How would they prove their love for each other?
Both girls are somewhat uncomfortable with sharing their emotions: Rose just because she’s an awkward person in general, and Sabine because her previous romantic relationships have all ended horribly for various reasons.
Rose proves her love by opening up. She’s been brought up her entire life to appear queenly in front of people who aren’t her immediate family, so sharing her emotions with someone is a major show of trust for someone, so she doesn’t use the word “love” lightly.
And Sabine proves it in a round-about way. She loves you, so she makes you food. She puts her time and effort (yes, and love) into whatever she makes, and if she makes it especially for you, you know she put that much effort into it.
What would be an ideal date?
Getting coffee and a pastry, then going somewhere were they just be together and enjoy each other’s company.
Is there something they emphatically disagree on?
Rose believes that magic is a curse. She doesn’t believe that it’s a way of the gods punishing people, like some do, but she does believe that it causes more problems then it solves, and the world would be better without it. Sabine, on the other hand, believes that magic does make the world a better place, and that it should be celebrating.
List 5 “food quirks” they know about each other. (Ex: how they take their coffee, if they’re allergic to something, etc….and feel free to mention other non-food quirks!)
Rose, about Sabine:
- Sabine drinks black coffee because everyone else drinks black coffee, but she really does not like it.
- Her favorite street food is crepes with chocolate and strawberries.
- She could eat Gougères all day/.
- She’s allergic to shellfish, but sometimes will still eat it and deal with the discomfort because she adores oysters.
- She likes the taste of pastry cream, but the texture weirds her out so she only uses creme mousseline (which is a mix of pastry cream and whipped cream).
Sabine, about Rose:
- Rose’s favorite comfort food is raclette and potatoes.
- She could eat macarons and Paris-Brest until she feels sick. And she has, before.
- Every time someone from another country visits, she secretly hopes that they bring her candy from that country.
- She likes to have a vanilla meringue instead of a marshmallow on her hot chocolate.
- She doesn’t care for it, but her father loved Matelote, so that’s why she requests it for every feast.
What’s one thing they know about each other that no one else does?
Rose, about Sabine: Sabine actually has no magical powers. Her mother has been so excited for Sabine’s powers to manifest, and has been insisting that Sabine is just a late bloomer, but Sabine got herself tested and she has no magic. But she doesn’t want to disappoint her mother, so she hasn’t told her.
Sabine, about Rose: Rose started reading poetry when she was eleven so she could impress visiting dignitaries, and now she’s so deep into it she can’t back out, but she really does not like poetry.
What’s one thing that they keep a secret from each other?
Rose: Her mother left when she was about two years old, and Rose has just been contacted by her for the first time in almost eleven years. She knows that Sabine would encourage Rose to meet up with her mother, but Rose isn’t sure she wants to, so she’s not telling Sabine.
Sabine: When she was sixteen, contracted a fatal illness. Her mother has been keeping the illness staved off with her magic, but Sabine now gets crippling migraines, and sometimes will spend days in bed. She’s not going to die any time soon, but she’s not exactly sure how to broach the subject with Rose.
How would their lives be different without each other?
Rose: Rose would have absolutely no idea how to handle her magic. She’d just keep bottling it up and it’d get worse and worse and worse, until one day she exploded there would be dead people wandering all over the kingdom and spilling into others.
Sabine: It would be less dramatic. She’d just…keep living the life she’s living, but it’s a life she doesn’t necessarily want to be living.
Where do they each see this relationship going?
Neither of them are quite sure. Rose is a queen, and Sabine is a daughter of a woodwitch. There’s a major difference in status, there.
So, blogglings, what are you currently working on? If you did Beautiful People, give me a link and I’ll come see your WIPs!