Welcome to another Beautiful People! Not only am I excited to share with you all my answers to this awesome link-up's questions, bu...

     Welcome to another Beautiful People! Not only am I excited to share with you all my answers to this awesome link-up's questions, but also some information on my new book idea, Splintered Crown

     But before we get into that, we should of course give credit to the wonderful dragon queen Cait @ Paper Fury and the lovely Sky @ Further Up and Further In. Beautiful People is all about helping you get to know your characters better and to share about your writing projects; do check it out!

     Now here's a little bit about Splintered Crown. First, a blurb:

Recovering from a bitter civil war between two princes, the nation of Cynnica eagerly awaits the announcement of the next Heir to the throne. Three royal children were sent away at birth to grow up out of palace hands, and when the time is right, the best and most suited to rule will be chosen. The other two will never be the wiser of their parentage, and Cynnica will never be caught between siblings again.

Crim is as sure he'll be the chosen Heir as he's sure he's attractive. In other words, a hundred percent. Raised under the watchful eye of a noblewoman who took him from an orphanage in hopes he'd be a prince, his only focus has been preparing to rule--and his violin.

When the Heir is declared to be a sister he's never met, Crim's life spins into chaos. What will he do now? How could they not choose him? After all, he's perfect...right?

    And secondly, an equation of words that make up the story:

Broken perfection + yellow roses + the darker side of mercy + five green birds + a king trying to avoid hurt + "you want to hold my hand?" + haunting cries of a violin + a young man trying to find himself when all's been stripped away = Splintered Crown.

    The couple featuring in this special couples edition are Crim and Mira. Onto the questions!

1) How and why did they meet?

    Well, this is awkward. *clears throat* So I'll give a full disclaimer here: Crim (full name Crimson) is not a perfect guy. He's made a ton of mistakes, but I swear he has a good heart, he's just never been taught how to use it. Crim met Mira in the tavern she was serving in, where he asked her questions about her family, if she liked working there, etc. Things went further than a conversation...I think I'll leave it at that.

2) What were their first impressions of each other?

    Crim of Mira -- he was drinking, but he still noticed her good looks. Noted her bright smile, then proceeded with the questions between refills.

    Mira of Crim -- a handsome young lord, whose first words out of his mouth at her were not crude or humiliating. He charmed her by asking questions that made it seem like he actually cared.

3) How would they prove their love to each other?

    Um, so I haven't really written much of Splintered Crown; at the moment Crim and Mira are less of a gooey love-eyed couple, and more of a make-shift one that could collapse at any moment. The only reason they see each other is because of their *spoiler alert* daughter. Not exactly spouting love declarations over here. More like apologies and regrets.

4) What would be an ideal date?

    Crim would buy some sweet meats and a loaf of fresh, crusty bread from the market, and then Mira would show him a little spot in a meadow by the tree she used to climb with her sister. He would bring the violin, she would bring her rhythm. Then she'd dance to his music, and for a moment, they could forget that they weren't a regular couple.

5) Is there something they emphatically disagree on?

     How often Crim can see his daughter, Vee. Mira only wants him at her house once a week at most, until he cleans up his act, but Crim would see Vee everyday if he could.

6) List 5 food quirks they know about each other.

     #1 - Mira loves to eat (edible) flowers.
     #2 - Despite his refined upbringing, Crim would prefer simple food over the fanciest dinner
     #3 - Mira's allergic to any kind of seafood
     #4 - Crim can't stand apples
     #5 - They have a mutual love of eating with just their fingers

7) What's one thing they know about each other that no one else does?

     Mira knows how he hides his passion for the violin, and acts like it's just a hobby; rulers aren't artists, apparently. Crim knows the real reason she 'moved' out of her parents' house.

8) What's one thing they keep a secret from each other?

    Crim hides his true identity; Mira hides how much he's hurt her.

9) How would their lives be different without each other?

     Well, they wouldn't have their daughter, and that makes a dramatic difference, but the full details are spoilers, so... 

10) Where do they each see this relationship going?

     Mira is doubtful it will last much longer; the bet is he'll pack his bag and call it quits within several months, and she'll be on her own all over again. But Crim is determined to stay---at least, until his enemies catch up with him.

What story are you working on right now? Would you like me to do more Beautiful People on Splintered Crown? And if you did Beautiful People this month, please link below so I can check them out!

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  1. Wow! Crim and Mira sound like great characters!
    Okay but Splintered Crown is SUCH an epic title.

    1. Aw thank you! I love them dearly, flaws and all. *blushes* Thanks, I love the title and think it really fits my story. Thank you so much for taking time out of your day to comment! :)

  2. Crim sounds like such a great dad <3 I can't wait to see more posts about this WIP!

    Ellie | On the Other Side of Reality

    1. Yeah, Crim's really trying to be. <3 Oh I'm glad, I'll try to do some more posts soon! Thanks so much for commenting Ellie! :D

  3. Ooh! They sounds intriguing! :)

  4. This sounds really cool! I love the whole 'working in an inn' thing in fantasy--in fact, I want to write a whole fantasy story that *only* takes place in an inn one day. I have so many ideas--in fact, yesterday I had an idea about a contemporary where a person from a developed country travels back to the country their family is from and volunteers there and is forced to confront their identity and so on...but yeah, no time for it. I'm trying to convince myself to work on Lighter Places, about a girl at an international school in Thailand (which I might email you about because I don't know much about Thailand, I've only been there twice) and a short story in a nondescript European country about the justice system and how dragons interact with it. Anyway, this was great.

    1. Thank you Shanti! <3 Yes, inns are such intriguing places in fantasy stories, especially when so many shady people meet there and travelers with lots of secrets. That sounds like a really cool book idea, though I get the 'no time' thing. I barely am able to manage two stories at once! Oooh yes please do write Lighter Places! I'm pretty horrible at writing contemporary which is why I haven't written about Thailand, but it would be amazing if you did! I'd gladly answer tons of questions about my school and living in Thailand if you want; just shoot me an e-mail. :D All your story ideas sound awesome by the way. XD Thanks so much for commenting!

  5. This story sounds super cool! It really piqued my interest in the BCC. Best wishes writing it!

    My Beautiful People: http://storitorigrace.blogspot.com/2017/02/beautiful-people-couples-edition-caleb.html

    1. Thanks Victoria! I'm super glad it interested you! <3 I'll be sure to check out your Beautiful People. XD Best wishes with your writing too, and thanks so much for commenting!