“If you’re going to be bad, be bad with a purpose. Otherwise, you’re not worth forgiving.”
I’m following in Jenny’s footsteps (or rather, covering hers with mine, as her feet are much tinier) and stealing a set of character questions for someone whom you have all shown interest in, but who lost the March GTTY to Skata. (Yes, Skata will be the GTTY guest for March!) The personage is Jasper Morgan (from Natural Disasters) and Jasper Morgan means…an interesting interview, I’m sure. Jasper remains an intrigue wrapped inside an enigma boxed up in mystery, and so this interview should be enlightening for me, as well. Enjoy! (This is possibly my favorite interview ever)
1. What color is your character’s hair? Jasper’s hair is brown, but certain lighting brings out red and gold shades.
2. What color are your character’s eyes? They’re frequently mistaken for black, but they are actually a very dark, royal blue.
3. What color is your character’s skin? He has naturally pale skin, in spite of his frequent outdoor activities. Fortunately for him, he never burns in the sun.
4. What special aesthetic characteristics does your character have? While not a stereotypically handsome man, Jasper is undeniably attractive; but it has to do with his chemistry and the world around him. Until you get to know him, that is. Then you may find him good-looking on a physical level as well.
5. Does your character have any piercings? Tattoos? He has a tattoo on his right shoulder blade. It’s a simple circle, but it represents his entire view of life – history repeats itself.
6. What’s the sexiest physical characteristic of your character? As I stated earlier, while Jasper is not ‘technically’ a handsome man, many unique elements combine to make him highly attractive and yes, even sexy. He has a way of looking at you with a certain slant, of wearing his clothes with casual perfection, and an aura of utter confidence that is attractive on any man.
7. What’s the ugliest physical characteristic of your character? I can’t divulge much, as it would give away a large plot twist – but suffice it to say, he gains certain monstrous aspects.
8. What does your character wear? His usual outfit is jeans and a long-sleeved shirt, open at the neck. He frequently pairs it with a jacket of some kind, and nearly always wears expensive, work-type leather boots. He also looks very dashing in a tuxedo.
Expressions of Emotion
9. When your character smiles, what does their smile look like? Jasper has two smiles, really. One, the more frequent smile, is a closed-lip, curling affair, bordering on the Grinch and generally comes out when he has the upper hand, is plotting and scheming, or internally screaming. The other, his genuine smile, is an unconscious grin.
Exhibit C – a special smile, reserved only for December.
10. What does your character’s laugh sound like? “Mine is an evil laugh.” If you took a deep-chested, amused laugh and mixed it with a Hiddleston giggle (eheheheh) you would have Jasper’s laugh.
BONUS: What sort of things would make your character laugh? Like his smile, his laugh comes out when he has the upper hand, or he uses it in place of darker, violent feelings. To make him genuinely laugh, he would have to thoroughly enjoy you and your company.
11. What is your character’s normal style of speech? He sounds very cultured and tends toward soft-spoken-ness, unless he is growling or shouting. When he first meets December, she notes that he says the words ‘dancing partner’ as if they were spelled ‘dahncing pahtnah.’
12. How does your character express/handle anger? Not well. He will hold it in as long as he can – pressing his lips together, curling his hands into fists – but sooner or later, it will manifest in violent ways. He will engage in a fight with a sibling (i.e. Adam) or set something ablaze.
13. Does your character cry? Jasper’s emotions float just beneath the surface, and are far more volatile than his siblings. Therefore, he cries almost as frequently as he laughs or is angry.
14. How easy is it for other people to read your character’s emotions? Jasper masks his true feelings with the opposite reaction. If he’s acting standoffish and devil-may-care, his feelings are wounded. If he acts as if he doesn’t care, it means he cares more than he would like.
15. Is your character religious? Coming from a religous family and being born in the old country, he retains elements of faith, but fails to see the big picture.
16. How does your character view those of other faiths? He literally could not care less. He gives small jabs to Adam for attending church, but then he attends a service with December. You never know where he is going to fall.
17. What are your character’s core values? His life is driven not by faith in God, but by a desire to protect his family, even from themselves if necessary. It’s a twisted, paranoid kind of love, and he shows it the only way he knows. He has the thickest skull…it’s astonishing, sometimes.
18. How willing is your character to fight for those values? Extremely. He even started a centuries-old war to protect and avenge his family. When he feels strongly about something, he will throw everything he has into fighting for it.
Character Likes and Dislikes
19. What is your character’s favorite food? He’s a surprisingly good cook and enjoys good food, but his tastes are wide and varied. Trout, if cooked to flaky, tender perfection, is one of his favorites; especially when paired with a good, white wine.
20. What is your character’s favorite color? Probably either light gray or deep blue – at least, if one is going by his clothing choices.
21. What are your character’s sleeping preferences? Jasper is something of an insomniac. He has a hard time sleeping most nights, and stays up painting instead. When he can sleep, he sleeps on top of all blankets and shirtless, otherwise nightmares result in sweaty, sticky clothes.
22. What is your character’s sexual identity? He is completely heterosexual.
23. What are your character’s sexual preferences? Somewhere beneath his twisted bitterness, Jasper is a romantic. He’s very old-fashioned in his pursuit of women who truly catch his interest – he’s a single-rose, jewelry, dancing and discussion-type man.
24. What type of music does your character like? Jasper likes fairly obscure music. He listens to The Prides, Queens of the Stone Age and Dead Man’s Bones most frequently, but his music choices heavily depend on his mood.
BONUS: Does your character have a song that is “their song”? Runnin’ by Adam Lambert. Fighter by Christine Aguilera, because it is almost exactly the way he views life. Hey, Brother by Avicii – although Hey Brother is really the song for the entire Morgan family.
25. What is your character’s biggest goal in life? He wants to get through life with the family together, in one unit. Protecting his siblings is his life’s mission.
26. What does your character believe is their greatest virtue? The willingness to do what others won’t. He is willing to do (almost) anything, which sometimes comes in handy and sometimes causes a good deal of familial strife.
27. What does your character believe is their greatest vice? Fear, of anyone and anything. Whenever he feels fear, he feels weak; and he views his personal weaknesses as his greatest vice.
28. What motivates your character most? He is a very self-motivated man. He does whatever he takes it in his mind to do, and he won’t stop until it is completed.
29. Is your character objective-oriented? Extremely. He strongly believes that the end justifies the means.
30. Would your character rather be a great person or a good person? Jasper does not care for greatness or goodness – at least, not at the beginning of the novel. He used to, and he may yet again. He wants loyalty; if you will not give it, he will take it forcibly.
31. Would your character rather be hated for being who they are or loved for pretending to be someone else? He would rather be hated for being who he is. He finds it nearly impossible to pretend to be someone he isn’t, even when it would be better for everyone. As skewed as his principles can be, he will cling to them with admirable steadfastness.
32. Is your character an introvert, extrovert, or ambivert? Ambivert. His mood is split fifty-fifty. Sometimes he’s the engaging, outgoing Jasper, yet he frequently wants to be alone with his own thoughts.
33. Is your character creatively expressive? Yes; he finds some freedom and relaxation in oil painting and playing the piano, although he paints more than he plays.
34. What’s your character’s disorder? I would say paranoia. He is constantly suspicious of everyone, even those he loves, and it damages his relationships.
35. What is your character’s standard emotional state? He is constantly volatile, never stable. Completely unpredictable, you never know whether he is going to smile and shake his head, or lash out with a blast of power. Treading carefully is advised.
36. Is your character materialistic? No. He enjoys the pleasures and luxuries of life, but that is all they are; nothing more.
BONUS: What are some of your character’s prized possessions? His most prized possession is the necklace he wears. He has worn it for a thousand years, and it has deep familial significance to him.
37. What is your character’s major learning style? If only he learned through experience. I would say he learns best through rejection, even though I know that was not the intended answer of the question.
38. I am a _________. How would your character complete that sentence? -n immortal. He is constantly reinforcing his nearly immortal state because, in truth, he is terrified of dying and as such, builds himself up as invincible.
39. Life is an act of _________ing. What verb would your character use to complete that sentence? Relationships (I know, it does not end in -ing). It’s constantly a mystery to me; he knows relationships are the most important thing in life, and yet he mangles his own so terribly in the effort to keep them alive.