June means summer holidays for me, but also time for another Beautiful People!      In case you're not sure what Beautiful People...

     June means summer holidays for me, but also time for another Beautiful People!

     In case you're not sure what Beautiful People is about, it's a link-up hosted by the wonderful Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In, designed to help you get to know your characters better. 

     As last Beautiful People I talked about Taylan in my WIP 'Golden Revenge', I thought it only fair to talk more about another major character: Mida.

     Here's a super short summary for you if didn't catch it last Beautiful People:

Refugees + civil war + illegal magic + teenage mercenary who needs revenge + princess whose touch turns everything to gold + curses + trying to live in a country not your own + magic-hogging queens + depression trying to be treated with stimulated magic + furious yet cunning rebels + stormdancers = 
Golden Revenge

     This month's questions are about childhood, so let's dive into Mida's!

1) What are their first childhood memories?
     Mida's most vivid early childhood memory is a gold and orange butterfly landing on her chubby hand for a few seconds. This might not seem like a very significant one at first, but this is the only time Mida can remember touching something without turning it to gold. 

2) What were their best and worst childhood experiences?
     She didn't understand at first, why her hands were gold when she woke up. Part of her thought her brothers pranked her by dipping them in gold paint, so she ran out of her nursery. There was servant boy she liked to play tag with. His back was to her, and she grabbed his arm, about to ask him to play.

     Mida didn't realize the gold he turned into came from her hands until too late.

     That had to be Mida's worst experience, because then she understood that she could never touch anything without magical gloves, and that she was a murderer.

     But onto slightly more happy experiences. Mida has three brothers, and they liked nothing more than to egg her into horse racing. It was the wind rushing past her ears, her hair whipping behind her, and the rumble of hooves in the races that let her discover temporary freedom. She almost always won the races.

3) What was their childhood home like?
     Well, since she's third in line for the throne, she's always lived in the Kantan Palace. It's massive, perched on the edge of a cliff and over-looking the roaring green ocean. Since Mohetanians commune with their god through water, there are small streams which run through each room. Every floor is richly coloured tiles. 

4) What's something that scared them as a child?
     Though Mida won't let anyone know (she always tries to be brave and strong) she was and is terrified of storms. The ocean waves crash almost high enough to reach the edge of the palace, making her tremble that the water might one day sweep her away. She would hide in her wardrobe, pretending it was magically water proof.

5) Who did they look up to most?
     Her eldest brother, Kyron. Kyron is almost the opposite to Mida, never afraid to show his feelings and always sticking to the law. She admired (and still does) his compassion and ability to sort out truth from lies.

6) Favourite and least favourite childhood foods?
     If you dared to try and take away Mida's slices of potato cured in sea salt, then roasted in spices, you might have lost a limb. But if you wanted to, you know, spare her from those slices of banana on her plate, that would be fine.

7) If they had their childhood again, would they change anything?
     Yes; she wouldn't go to the servant boy to play tag. I don't think I need to elaborate why.

8) What kind of child were they? Curious? Wild? Devious?
     With three brothers Mida soon became a natural at detecting pranks, and then setting them up herself. She was definitely a mix between wild (running down palace hallways in nothing but her nightgown) and devious (planting fresh fish in her brothers' beds).

9) What was their relationship to their parents and siblings like?
      Mida was never close to her father, King Clain, until the curse was put on her. After that, sometimes they would just sit in his study and play hours of chess together. Someone focusing on the game and not her hands for once was a blessing. Mida and her mother were not close, as her mother was often in the city trying to help people. Her relationship with her brothers consisted of teasing, racing, sword-fights, pranks, but also looking out for each other.

10) What did they want to be when they grew up, and what did they actually become?
     She always liked the idea of caring for horses, or perhaps setting up a professional horse racing track in Kanta and competing. Part of her never expected it to happen, and she accepted her role as princess. Mida is very busy around the palace, helping with accounting, dealing with nobles, and assisting Kyron with paper-work. 

     And trying to figure out how to break her curse.

     So that's it for this month's Beautiful People! I can't wait until next month to share more about Golden Revenge and its characters with you. I definitely learnt a lot about Mida through this.

What early memories do your characters have? Did you have fun exploring the mini-versions of them? Let me know in the comments, and if you participated in Beautiful People, link below. I'd love to check them out! 

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  1. omgggg so things she touches turns to gold?! I LOVE THAT PREMISE. IT IS SO COOL. THIS IS THE KIND OF BOOK I WOULD DEVOUR. *nods enthusiastically* I feel so sorry for her and how she discovered she had the goldy power though. That's saaaaaaad. I love all the photos you used! So very aesthetically pleasing. :')

    Thanks for joining in. :D

    1. Thank you! XD Everything she touches turns to gold, as well as her tears and blood being gold. Yeah, I always feel so bad for torturing my characters so much (but at the same time...what needs to be done for the story needs to be done!). I'm glad you like the photos!
      Thanks for hosting, Cait! :D

  2. Not only does this book sound amazing (I like how you summarized in the beginning, by the way XD) There's streams in each room. That's REALLY cool.
    Jeneca @ Jeniqua Writes.

    1. Aw thank you so much! Those summaries are actually how I brainstorm my books, by throwing different elements together. XD The streams give the palace a feel of peace, I like to think, as well as just being a fun element. Thanks for dropping by, Jeneca! :D

  3. Mida sounds like a very cool character. I love that her hands are golden because of the curse. I also like that they commune with their gods with water so they have streams everywhere. That's so cool!


    1. Thanks Victoria! I always try to come up with unique elements for religions, and it's good to know you like the idea of the streams. I'm glad you like Mida. :) Thanks so much for commenting! XD

  4. This is such a cool idea! And I really like Mida too. I feel so bad for her though! How old was she when she starting turning things to gold?


    1. Thanks Andrea! Mida was four when she was cursed with the gold touch, so she's now had it for around fourteen years. It's been pretty hard on her. Thank you for dropping by! XD

  5. I love Mida already! Ahhh, and your worldbuilding sounds AWESOME.
    I've just discovered your blog, and I must say I love it so far! Your tagline is awesome :)

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

    1. Thank you so much! You totally made my day; I'm so happy you love the blog! <3 Mida is a really fun character to write, and I love worldbuilding, so it's great to know you appreciate them both. Thanks for commenting, Ellie! :D

  6. I love the sound of this book! Seriously - it sounds awesome :) I will definitely check out the rest of your BPs for more. I would read the heck out of this already.

    I WANT WATER RUNNING THROUGH MY ROOM. That is the best idea ever. And that picture is gorgeous.
    Thanks for stopping by my BP - I'm just sorry that it took me so long to comment back! Cheers <3 Rebekah and Wordsmithing and Worldbuilding

    1. Aw thank you! This story is my baby, so I love to hear that other people would enjoy it too. XD I'd also love water in my room; the sound of running water is so comforting. No worries; I love any comments, no matter when they come! :D Thanks for dropping by, Rebekah! :)