beautiful people | adam connell

I suppose it's about time I share with you this absolutely bestest fellow. I have told very few people so far about my current Sort Of work-in-progress, Sensical Nonsense. I don't intend to share very much now, but perhaps this questionnaire will give you a substantial peek into the life of one of the two characters in my happy mind-world of present-day San Francisco.

(For more information about how you can participate in "Beautiful People", skedaddle over to Sky's blog and read this post.)


1) What is their full name and is there a story behind why they got it? 

Adam Fitzwilliam Connell. His first name was given him due to the generic reason of it's sounding nice. His parents liked it. His middle name! Well, his mother was quite the dreamer herself. Her favorite book was, quite obviously, Pride and Prejudice. His last name is from a string of Irish ancestors, though his Irish heritage is rather extinct in his family now. They're pretty American.

2) How old are they, and when were they born? 

Adam is twenty-one years old. He doesn't like having his birthday shared on social media, so I'm respecting that and remaining mysterious.

3) Describe their physical appearance. (Bonus questions: 1. What is their race/nationality/ethnicity? 2. Do you have a picture of them? If so, include it!) 

Adam is slightly shorter than average height. His head seems a little large for his body, but that is quite likely due to his thick, tousled hair. He wears black-rimmed glasses, which gives him a scholarly look, and his eyes are often to be found twinkling with humor or mistily gazing into the ideas of his imagination. He is of Irish descent, but he's very American. His mother also has a very tiny string of Cherokee blood in herself, though both he and his sister Jessie show no sign of it outside of their American loyalty. His face is very clearly described in this picture:

4) Describe your character's personality first in one word, and then elaborate with a few sentences. 

Dreamer-like. Note that I did not say "dreamlike", for "dreamer-like" and "dreamlike" are two very different things. He is dreamer-like in that he is very thoughtful and optimistic. He is quick to notice and appreciate beauty of any sort; he often unconsciously understands the heart of people and situations; and he can be very gentle and very brave.

5) What theme song(s) fit their personality and story arc? 

"I don’t mind your odd behavior,
It’s the very thing I love.
If you were an ice cream flavor,
You would be my favorite one.

My imagination sees you
Like a painting by Van Gogh.
Starry nights and bright sunflowers
Follow you where you may go..."

- "all about your heart" by mindy gledhill

6) Which one of the seven deadly sins describes your character? 

Either pride or sloth, I suppose. I tend to not focus on the bad parts of characters in my books, though. Specifically not in this book. I can't exactly pick one of the seven deadly sins to describe Adam.

7) If they were an element (fire, water, earth, air), which one would they be? 


8) What is their favorite word? 

"Prunes!" because Kitty says it often.

9) Who’s one person they really miss? (It could be someone who’s passed away, or someone they’re not close to anymore, or someone who’s moved away.)

Ever since he moved to San Francisco (for the first time on his own away from his family), he has especially missed his twelve-year-old sister, Jessie, who is very close to his heart.

10) What sights, sounds, and smells remind them of that person?

SIGHTS: Shimmery red hair, anything that looks remotely freckly, cartoon sketches of Peter Pan, and fat cats.

SOUNDS: Laughter that sounds like bells, froggy voices because Jessie's voice would remain froggy for whole months after she caught a cold, and the word "Wilbur."

SMELLS: Tatortots, bad morning breath, and lavender.

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  1. Adam is adorable. It must be said. :D

  2. I agree with Emma. Adam sounds adorable. and the tousled hair and glasses: bonus adorableness.

  3. I agree with both of you. ^.^ Adam is adorable and I love him to bits.

    But thanks for commenting, ladies!

  4. Holy guacamole. I love him, this Adam. We're so alike. In fact, as I was reading #4, I couldn't help but think, "She's describing me."

    And the hair. And the glasses. Oh, my heart.

  5. Oh my gingersnaps, I like Adam sooooo much, Em dear. He is so cute, and what with those large rimmed spectacles, his slightly indolent dreaminess and that fluff of curly hair he strikes me as a character I shall totally be routing for in your novel! On that note, it makes me so jolly happy to hear of your new story! Having just finished Cry of Hope, I still feel affected by your beautiful writing and the characters, the theme and. . . the ENDING?!! Wow, that was so lovely I felt like tearing up, dear girl. :)

    You are an amazing writer, Emily.

    Aren't we glad Beautiful People is back! I am so excited, I shall try to do a beautiful people for A Love that Never Fails, Lord willing this week. . .

  6. I definitely think Adam is also dreamlike; I mean, look at that face.

  7. Stopping by from Beautiful People.

    It was so much fun reading about Adam! He seems like a really great character. :)