Wow, has this month been a crazy one or what? And we're not even half-way through August! If yours was anything like mine, it was c...

     Wow, has this month been a crazy one or what? And we're not even half-way through August! If yours was anything like mine, it was crammed full of various writing projects, reading, and time-consuming life commitments.

     One of the writing projects I'm working on at present is Of Traitors and Tricksters. For this month's Beautiful People, I'll be using one of the main POVs, Bakari, to answer the questions. If you're not sure what Beautiful People is, it's a monthly link-up/blog meme hosted by the amazing Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In. It never fails to help me get to know my characters better!

     Here's a quick blurb about Of Traitors and Tricksters, my latest YA Fantasy, in case you missed its introductory post:

Bakari is a traitor. Promised to be healed of a condition that makes even walking difficult, he kills the prince, his master. When he's betrayed and caught with a bloody knife, the royal family sentences him to execution by magic at dawn. Yet as the sun rises, the magicians discover he may be harder to kill than they thought. 

Ebonee is an entertainer. Having fled from a rogue magician gang with her younger sister, she now dances for their food in the palace. But old friends and enemies are not finished with her yet, and want one last favour... A favour that could free her from their clutches forever. All she has to do is perform one tiny trick. 

How harmful could it be?

    Onto the questions!

1) What are they addicted to/can’t live without?

    Bakari couldn't live without his thyme, poppy, and coriander (cilantro for all you Americans) oil. It comes in a vial, and when his muscles seize, rubbing the oil on them makes moving the affected muscle more bearable.

2) Name 3 positive and 3 negative qualities about your character.

Positives: He will do anything to protect his father, he knows how to give people space when they need it, and he can crack jokes so randomly in awkward situations you can't help but laugh.

Negatives: He will do anything to protect his father (that's right, I'm using it in both sections), he tends not to speak up for himself, he's often too trusting.

3) Are they holding onto something they should get rid of?

    His old life and self, before he killed the prince. He keeps trying to be the old Bakari without realizing they're not the same anymore. He's changed.

4) If 10 is completely organized and 1 is completely messy, where do they fall on the scale?

    A ten. He's a very organised person.

5) What most frustrates them about the world they live in?

    There is no current cure for his condition, which makes his muscles seize in repetitive motions at random times, as well as making his mouth repeat syllables over and over again with no warning. It's often a source of great embarrassment and frustration for him, so he prefers to be alone and silent most of the time to avoid explaining.

6) How would they dress for a night out? How would they dress for a night in?

    It would be the same, in or out. Bakari might put on a light extra layer if it were late at night, but it's always fairly warm in his country.

7) How many shoes do they own, and what kind?

    Only one pair, like most of his people. Sandals are a sign of great wealth, and most people are barefoot for the majority of the time. Bakari has purchased a pair of used, almost broken sandals for long travels though.

This is a pair of Ancient Egyptian sandals made from reeds and other fibers, so it's similar to what Bakari owns!
8) Do they have any pets? What pet do they WISH they had?

    Nope, he has none, and is fine like that. He's afraid that the animals will hate him too, like everyone else.

9) Is there something or someone that they resent? Why and what happened?

    Well, hello there spoilers!

10) What’s usually in their fridge or pantry?

    Bakari's meals come from the palace kitchen, and most of the food he and the other servants eat is lots of bread and fish, occasionally poultry, lentils, figs, onions, radishes, beans, and dates. Very rarely do they eat meat, but Bakari would fill a pantry with it for himself if he could!

Did you participate in Beautiful People? Link me to your post in the comments! What are your thoughts on Bakari or Of Traitors and Tricksters? How's your writing going this month?
Good luck with your writing, and have a lovely day! <3

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  1. T&T sounds like a good WIP! Hearing about so much about Bakari now really wants me to learn more about Ebonee.

    So...does Bakari have what we would call Tourette's syndrome? That's what it sounds like.

    Hopefully, I'll get my BP up before school starts. I'm on the process of working through my tags, half are going out today.


    1. Thanks Catherine! :D I'll probably do the next post on Ebonee as I need to flesh out her character more, and I'm excited to share her with you all!

      I always hesitate to say yes or no to whether or not my characters have a particular syndrome, because I do end up altering parts to make sure it makes sense in my story world, but yes, Bakari does have a form of Tourette's syndrome. It's not a recognised condition in his country though.

      Sounds great! I look forward to reading your posts. :) Thanks for commenting!

  2. Your character sounds very interesting and that snipped was amazing. You did a really great job on this post. Keep up the good work. :D

    1. Aww thanks so much Ivie! I'm so glad you liked it. <3

  3. This is getting more interesting by every tag! I am honestly very intrigued! That snippet was incredible Melissa I'm really loving this WIP <3
    Mine is undergoing some changes but by that time I polish up I'll have the dual character inquisition tag that you tagged me for!
    And keep sharing on your WIP Melissa, I am really loving it! <3

    Anna |


    1. Aw I'm so glad Anna, thank you! :) I will definitely keep sharing about it as I keep working on it. XD I look forward to reading your posts, and thanks so much for commenting!

  4. I loved this! I also love the title, it's catchy and fun and also enticing. :D


    I must have missed your introductory post on this work, because this is the first I remember hearing about it. It sounds SUPER good! Like, if I read this blurb in a bookstore, I would buy the book immediately. Bakari is such an interesting character!

    Ellie | My BP

    1. THEY ARE INDEED! I think there might be some silly difference like one refers to the leaves as opposed to the stalk, but essentially, yes they are!

      Awww thanks so much Ellie! That makes me so happy. <3 Thanks for commenting!

  6. Wow, I love Bakari already! He sounds like a complex, troubled character. Of Traitors and Tricksters sounds like an intriguing book! Good luck with it!

    1. Thank you! :) Bakari is quite complicated and troubled, you're completely right. XD Thanks so much for commenting, and good luck with your writing!

  7. I already LOVE Bakari! This sounds like an fantastic story, and that snippet *goosebumps* I can't wait to learn more about him and Ebonee!

    1. Aww thanks Lila! That means a lot. <3 I can't wait to share more about them! Thanks so much for commenting!

  8. He is so interesting and layered. I really like Bakari!

  9. I don't think I've actually seen any books use 'execution by magic' before?? It might just be that my memory is full of holes, but I'm surprised I haven't seen it before, because WHY NOT?? It's brilliant. :D I like the way Bakari's positive feature is also a negative feature; I'm sure that will make for a lovely complex character.

    I enjoyed reading more about your story!
    Jem Jones

    1. Thanks Jem! <3 I don't think I've seen it in books before either? Not sure how it popped into my mind, but it fits with the story! :) He certainly is a complex character! Thank you so much for commenting!

  10. This story seems super interesting! I really like Bakari. ^ ^

    1. Aw thanks Victoria! I'm so glad you like him. :D