I choose Krys, the main character in my novella, Hand of Steel. She’s a sixteen year old bounty hunter who gets turned into a cyborg during the course of the story.
What is their secret desire?
She wants to find her place in the world.
What is the best and brightest moment they experience during the story?
Hard one. Probably bringing down a criminal, though I won’t say which one. She didn’t feel to happy at the time, since she got shook up in the fight, but she likes doing her job.
What are the emotional places your characters are afraid to go to?
She doesn’t like thinking about where some of the people she captures will go, since the punishment is often worse than it should be.
Is there a place/city/room where they will never go? Why?
Tupra. It’s pirate central and is not part of the area controlled by the Company. Hunters like Krys, rather than being respected, are likely to be captured and sold as slaves.
If they were permanently leaving town, what would they easily throw out? What would they refuse to part with? (Why?)
Krys and her dad don’t have a home, so they’re already packed. She has a pack with a spare change of clothes, which she wouldn’t be too upset to lose. She and her dad have a datsheet that has some family pictures and useful information on it, as well as being able to get information on potential targets. She’d be very annoyed to loose this.
What do they want (consciously and tangibly)?
To be a hunter like her dad and mother, who passed away when she was young.
On the other hand: what do they need (on the emotional, subconscious level)?
She needs to know where she stands on the issue of following the Company and bringing in bounties.
If they could change one thing about themselves, what would it be?
She’d want to be braver.
What is the most humiliating event of their life?
When Klate had her cornered, she got frightened. She was embarrassed over getting caught, then being scared enough for someone to tell.
She’s pretty careful to keep her feet pointed down whenever the gravity is off so someone probably flipped it on when she wasn’t in the proper position, which would have caused her to fall on her face or rear, but I haven’t written a scene involving that.
What things do they turn to when they need a bit of hope?
At her darkest moment, when she’s wishing she was dead, she realizes her dad died to save her, and she can’t let his sacrifice be in vain.