While I’m busy working on the next set of Skata questions, I decided to exercise myself mentally with another of these deep, involved questionnaires. They’re more work than one would realize, but the reward is worth the time. So sit back, relax, and enjoy getting to know the Otherside’s most disarmingly dangerous faerie. (And if you want more? I made a thirty-second trailer that you can view here!)
1. What color is your character’s hair? Dark reddish-brown, best described as cinnamon.
2. What color are your character’s eyes? The shade differs, depending on the slant of light; it can range from hazel to forest green.
3. What color is your character’s skin? His skin is naturally pale due to the light and atmosphere of Otherside, but he gets a vague tan very quickly in the human world.
4. What special aesthetic characteristics does your character have? Puck’s true, unglamored appearance shows pointed ears, teeth a little too pointed, and eyes as black as tar.
5. Does your character have any piercings? Tattoos? No. Like most faeries, he shies away from unnaturally marring his appearance.
6. What’s the sexiest physical characteristic of your character? While he has the appearance of a slender guy in his early twenties, he has strong, manly hands.
7. What’s the ugliest physical characteristic of your character? Puck carries many scars that are only visible under the light of a faerie moon.
BONUS: What element of their appearance is your character most insecure about? Puck doesn’t tend to care about his appearance or have insecurities. When he does worry about things, they’re more important.
8. What does your character wear? He wears jeans and tee shirts both in and out of the human world, as they’re comfortable, well-suited to most occasions, and they look well on his frame.
9. When your character smiles, what does their smile look like? His smile has three main modes. There is his sweet and unassuming smile, which comes less often than it should; his false, forced smile when he’s hiding the truth; and his dark, smirkish smile when his mood turns malicious. Any of these, however, is preferable to the look of calculating indifference he gets before he does something truly terrible.
10. What does your character’s laugh sound like? Like an explosive, manly giggle.
BONUS: What sort of things would make your character laugh? Someone being stupid or dense, or falling for a prank.
11. What is your character’s normal style of speech? He speaks like a normal guy, but will correct your grammar. His voice gets louder if he’s angry, excited or really vehement. His voice is surprisingly deep and a little rough, not what most people expect based on his appearance.
12. How does your character express/handle anger? Anger is met with clenched jaw and fists, and hopefully that’s the extent of it. If you really, really make him mad, you will be lucky if you escape with body and pride intact.
13. Does your character cry? Yes, but he rarely weeps. He’d have to be very emotionally exhausted for that. Tears will linger in his eyes and one or two may fall, but he’ll brush them off and try to hide them.
BONUS: What sorts of things would make them cry? Hopelessness, a broken heart, or if he’s kept his true feelings caged for too long and he finally admits the truth.
14. How easy is it for other people to read your character’s emotions? He likes to deflect questions and concern away from himself by flinging up smoke-screens. Only those who are exceptionally caring and/or keen will see his genuine feelings.
15. Is your character religious? He is not ‘religious’ per se, but he believes in heaven and hell. He lives with fierce rash behavior because he truly believes he’s damned already.
16. How does your character view those of other faiths? He doesn’t care much what you believe.
17. What are your character’s core values? Until he grows to love Leaf like a daughter, he doesn’t have any ‘core values’ to speak of. He has to learn them over the course of the story.
18. How willing is your character to fight for those values? Leaf is his value, and he will fight through hell for her.
19. What is your character’s favorite food? He eats like a teenage boy, which is to say – everything is his favorite food.
20 .What is your character’s favorite color? He likes dark blues and grays, and it translates into his clothes.
21. What are your character’s sleeping preferences? He never sleeps on his side, but is always either on his back or his stomach with his arms under his head.
22. What type of music does your character like? The longer Puck is in the human world, the less he can tolerate noise. Crowded places, music blaring through the radio – all of these begin to wear on him. He prefers silence.
BONUS: Does your character have a theme song? ‘Reel Around the Sun’ by Bill Whalen embodies the spirit of Puck, so far as one can.
23. What is your character’s birthday? While he’s very old, Puck has no idea what his birthday is. Faeries don’t celebrate things like that.
24. What family structure did your character have growing up? Puck, like all faeries, had no real family structure. Faeries are left to grow up on their own as soon as they are able – and in Puck’s case, it landed him in all kinds of trouble (which is, I suppose, the reason he’s so good at getting out of it now).
25. How well did your character get along with their family? He doesn’t recall much of his family, except his mother. He recalls her as being beautiful and cold.
26. What is the worst thing your character has ever done? Puck has done many great and terrible things in his lifetime. He has ensnared, tormented, and murdered both in Oberon’s service and out of it. I think, however, if you asked him what the most terrible thing he’s ever done was, he would answer that Leaf is both his biggest pride and his biggest regret.
27. What is the most significant romantic encounter of your character’s past? There has been no ‘true romance’ in Puck’s life. He has had his flings and encounters, but the truth is that he has no grasp on actual love until Leaf. Even then, it’s the love of a father for a daughter, but it’s the step that enables him to care for Hayley, another character who springs up in the novel.
28. What is your character’s biggest goal in life? His biggest goal at the beginning of the tale is to finally be free of Oberon’s service. His priorities shift once Leaf is dumped into his life, however.
29. What does your character believe is their greatest virtue? Puck is extremely clever and cunning; traits which enable him to have the upper hand in almost any situation.
25. What does your character believe is his greatest vice? Puck is the last of a rare kind of faerie. His very nature thrives on chaos, on beating everyone else at their own game. This makes him an unstoppable force, but a very dangerous one.
26. What motivates your character? His own need to feed off chaos and strife, his fear of Oberon, and his love for Leaf.
27. Is your character objective-oriented? He will do anything to accomplish his goals.
28. Would your character rather be a great person or a good person? He would rather be his own person, to belong to and know himself rather than survive as the faerie king’s amusement and hand of judgment.
29. Would your character rather be hated for being who they are or loved for pretending to be someone else? Love has never mattered before to Puck. He is feared and treated with due caution, but once he feels love, he realizes his own fragility – a dangerous thing, on his part; as it both weakens and strengthens him.
30. Is your character an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert? Puck is an ambivert; his tolerance and moods pendulum wildly, as do most faeries’.
31. Is your character creatively expressive? In a way. His treatment of others could be called ‘creative expression.’ He manipulates other people to get the result he desires, and he is an absolute master.
32. What’s your character’s disorder? He has an almost overpowering bipolar disorder; his personality will be friendly and relaxed and the next instant he’ll be the dark shadow of himself, someone who would rather pit you in a fight against your closest friend and feed off the strife.
33. What is your character’s standard emotional state? Risky. He is (almost) never out of control emotionally, no matter the state of his personality. He’s too clever to do things without thinking, and he is never less than three steps ahead.
34. Is your character materialistic? No, most faeries live in the moment with little thought for earthly possessions.
35. What is your character’s major learning style? He learns from experience and observation. He is always watching, assessing and learning; and he never makes the same mistake twice.
36. I am _______. How would your character complete that sentence? Insatiable.
37. Life is an act of _________. How would your character complete that sentence? Checkmate.