Beautiful People is a link up created by Paper Fury and Further Up and Further In to get to know your characters and books better. It’s also a monthly feature on Stay and Watch the Stars! There isn’t any particular theme this month, and since Show Me a Hero is an ensemble novel, I’m going to be answering these questions from Lila’s point of view, since she needs more development than any of her teammates.
1. What is their secret desire? Lila is one of many superheroes working alongside the government as a sort of superpowered police force, and that’s how she’s lived her entire life. She’s learned to do as she’s told and not question authority, but Lila longs to someday be able to work on her own and make her own decisions instead of just doing whatever her superiors tell her to do.
2. What is the best and brightest moment they experience during the story? Probably one of the moments when she’s just hanging out with Ada and Sloane. Even if those moments aren’t particularly exciting, they’re important to Lila, since all she’s known for her entire life is being a superhero. She’s never had a chance to develop friendships and really get to know the people she cares about.
3. What are the emotional places your characters are afraid to go? Lila is a pretty emotionally stable person. She prefers to let her head rule her heart, though, so when she does allow herself to let it show when she’s upset, it shakes her up pretty badly. I’d say that the one thing she’s most scared of is standing up to people when they’re wrong, especially her superiors. She knows that she should, but it still terrifies her.
4. Is there a place/city/room where they will never go? Why? Lila very intentionally avoids the neighborhood where her mother (also a superhero) was killed. She was very young when it happened and doesn’t remember what happened all that well, but it still brings up bad memories.
5. If they were permanently leaving town, what would they easily throw out? What would they refuse to part with? Lila is ruthlessly practical, so she’d probably just take the bare necessities and throw everything else out. I doubt that there’s anything that would be very hard for her to get rid of. She isn’t a very sentimental person at all.
6. What do they want (consciously and tangibly)? Like I said, she isn’t a very sentimental person and she doesn’t really care much for material objects. If you asked her, she’d probably say new boots or a coat or something else that could help her with her work.
7. On the other hand: what do they need (on the emotional, subconscious level)? I think that the one thing Lila needs more than anything is friendship- someone she can trust and lean on, and not just because it’s their job or responsibility to do so, but because they really, genuinely care about her.
8. If they could change on thing about themselves, what would it be? She’d want to be less meek and timid. While hse works, she feels powerful and unstoppable, but when going around her ordinary life, she’s easily frightened and has a very hard time standing up for herself. She hates that about herself, but still can’t quite work up the courage to change it.
9. What is the most humiliating event of their life? Lila hates failure, as she’s a bit of a perfectionist and holds herself up to very high standards. So probably the first time she failed to complete her assignment and take down some supervillain or other. Or maybe a time when she needed help from others- she doesn’t mind help and working alongside other people, but she hates to need it.
10. What things do they turn to when they need a bit of hope? Probably her friendship with Ada and Sloane. They help her through a lot throughout the story, and she really depends on them, however little she likes to admit it.