Thanks to Julie Jordan’s Character Chart (http://aplaceforwriters.wordpress.com/2010/05/12/characters-part-1/)
I was able to come up with quite the character for my new story. It was odd for me to create the male lead first, but Lucian just called to me. He had his own way, the silent type, it was hard to get him to talk to me at all. It was like pulling teeth. But finally after three days of prodding, I got him for finally open up to me. So here is your first look at Lucian Covaci:
Character Identification Antagonist
Full Name Lucian Covaci
Meaning of Name Covaci = Ironmaker Lucian = Light
Date of Birth November 17, 1973
Place of Birth Brasov, Romania
Relationship to Main Character Love Interest
Hair Color Dark Brown
Hair Texture / Style Thick, wavy
Eye Color / Shape of Eyes Amber Colored, sharp
Glasses or Contacts No
Face / Description of Face Square
Ethnic Background / Race Romanian
Skin Color/Tone Olive
Weight 240 pounds
Body Build Muscled, hard
Posture Lazy but a front, really perceptive
Nervous Habits Hands in his pockets.
Distinguishing Features Long angular noise
Speech Pattern / Speech Impediment Short, clipped. Monosyllabic.
Health Problems / Physical Disabilities None
Scars / Disfigurements / Birth Marks A scar from behind his ear to his neck. Gotten from a knife fight with his younger brother.
Accent or Regional Speaking Romanian
Voice Tone Low, deep, menacing
Family and Friends DOB = Date of Birth
Mother’s Maiden Name / DOB Anca = January 1930
Mother’s Occupation Deceased
Mother’s Health Issues Lonely
Father’s Name / DOB Anton
Father’s Occupation Factory worker
Father’s Health Issues Killed at the Timişoara protest by a stray bullet. December 19th. 1989
Maternal Grandmother’s Maiden Name / DOB
Maternal Grandfather’s Name / DOB
Paternal Grandmother’s Name / DOB
Paternal Grandfather’s Name / DOB
Names of Brothers / DOB Sorin died of hunger
Names of Sisters / DOB
Birth Order of All Siblings
Other Close Relatives / Relationship
If Parents Divorced, Step-Parent’s Information
If Orphaned, Prominent Adult’s Information
Description of Childhood Home It was a one bedroom apartment. Barely furnished and cold. There was one 40 watt lightbulb to use.
Home Life during Childhood Hungry and cold all the time. He was morose and as the older brother he was constantly giving Sorin food.
Prominent Childhood Memories (Good / Bad) All bad.
Best Friends Names
Toys, Sports and/or Activities
Pets / Animals (Names, Type)
Depending on the nature of the WIP, you may want to create a ‘family tree’ either for publication or just to keep your characters straight while writing. There are free programs available online for this purpose. One I have used is: ‘My Heritage Family Tree.’ This is easy to use, and even a large chart is printable (in sections).
Name of School(s) / Location(s) Went to Columbia University after running away at 18 to finish school. In 1991.
Highest Level Completed Graduated college.
Good Student / Not a Good Student / Grades Fair student
Teacher(s) / Instructor(s)
Best Subject(s) Math
Worst Subject(s) English/Arts
Extra-Curricular Activities Rugby
Important Events / Experiences His father and brother dying. His mother’s funeral.
Friends Names No real close friends, just work associates.
Enemies (Bullies, other)
Cause(s) (s)he championed as a student Stray dogs.
About the Character
Long-term Goal(s) Get rich and die happy.
Short-term Goal(s) Get rich.
Bad / Good Habits Morose, stubborn. Unapologetic.
Personal Habits / Addictions Sometimes too much to drink.
Optimist / Pessimist Very much so the pessimist.
Introvert / Extrovert Introvert
Fears / Phobias Trusting anyone
Fate / Destiny / Superstitious Fate destined for him to be by himself.
Compassionate / Oblivious Neither.
Confident / Self-Conscious
Spendthrift / Frugal out of habit.
Day / Night Person Night person
Weaknesses / Strengths Weaknesses: saying what he wants. Strengths: saying what he thinks.
Cautious / Daredevil Cautious
Temperament Slow to anger.
Idiosyncrasies He is slow to get angry but beneath it all he is a very angry person because he felt as though life has dealt him a raw hand.
Secrets His visa is about to expire.
Regrets Not getting his mother out of Romania.
Religious / Beliefs None. Not atheist but believes God doesn’t like him too much.
Sexual Turn-Off Whiny whimpering dependent women
Sexual Turn-On Strong women, like his mother
Vulnerability / Soft Spot Dogs
Greatest Need To be loved out of his emotional coma.
Greatest Want To smile
Political Stance Doesn’t matter as long as it isn’t unfair.
Social Issues Mingling.
Occupation Corporate Raider Mergers and Acquisitions
Employer College roommate Darius Ware
Author / Book The Road
by Cormac McCarthy
Artist / Painting Holman Hunt’s The Scapegoat
Board / Card Game
Alcoholic / Non-Alcoholic Drink Vodka
Clothes / Shoes / Fashion Very simple black sateen shirt with a gray suit.
Home-Cooked Food Prefers to cook his own meals and his favorite is soup.
Hobby / Sport / Recreation A punching bag
Indoor / Outdoor Game Rugby
Jewelry / Accessories Silver cross given to him by his mother.
Newspaper / Magazine None
Saying People were always getting ready for tomorrow.
I didnt believe in that.
Tomorrow wasnt getting ready for them.
It didnt even know they were there.”
— Cormac McCarthy (The Road)
“Just remember that the things you put into your head are there forever, he said. You might want to think about that.
You forget some things, dont you?
Yes. You forget what you want to remember and you remember what you want to forget.”
Character’s Life as Story Opens
Other Friends Lucian doesn’t have any best friends. He has one friend since college but he even keeps him at arm’s length.
Enemies / Reason His biggest enemy is himself.
Car (Make / Model/ Color/ Year) 2002 BMW X5 He got this car because of the size of the dog.
Talents / Skills
Other Income (From What)
Status of Finances Well off, although business has been real slow of late.
Dream Life Living by himself.
Pets A dog because there were so many stray dogs in Romania. Carpathian Shepherd dog Large dogs with amber eyes and lots of hair.
Sports and/or Clubs
Most Cherished Possession His dog.
Own / Rent Home / Apartment Owns a large spacious home
Home Furnishing Style Like Lucian everthing is dark, cynical almost. His kitchen is stainless steel with black everything else. His favorite coffee cup is black with nothing written on it. His couch is plush but functional.
Town/City Name Dames Quarter, MD
Details of Town or City It is a very small town of maybe 188 people. The only people that really stay in Dames quarter’s are those who are on vacation.
Q. If you could give your life an ‘extreme makeover’, what would you do?
A. I wouldn’t change anything because my life is what made me. I am who I am and have what I have because of everything that happened to me. you can’t change it, so why try?
Q. If you could change just one or two things about yourself, what would they be? Why?
A. Maybe my line of work, things have become very boring here. I hate having two homes. I wish that I could be at my home in Dame’s quarter all the time, but I keep an apartment in the city (Washington DC) when I don’t feel like making the two hour commute home.
Q. What would you say the kind of person you are? Why?
A. I am self-sufficient, that is enough. I have my own space and my own things. I came from nothing.
Q. Do you like how you look? What would you change, if you could? Why?
A My nose, it has been broken.
Q. What do you think of yourself? Are you honest, ethical, and moral, etc.?
A. I am an honest hard worker with no time for relationships other than the casual fling. I am upfront and ethical because of what my mother taught me.
Q. When you’ve had a bad day, what do you do to relax?
A. I listen to Jazz or take Cesar out for a walk.
Q: Who is Cesar?
A. My dog.
Q. How do you deal with external or internal conflict (anger, sadness, jealousy, hurt, etc.)?
A. There is nothing to deal with. I am usually restless, therefore I work out.
Q. Where is your hang-out? Do you spend a lot of time there?
A. My home. It has a beautiful view that overlooks the bay. It is just water and land. No smog, no congestion, nothing.
Q. What are your feelings about being in a crowd? What are your feelings about being alone?
A. Quite simply, I hate crowds. I am better alone. I have been alone forever.
Q. What do you think other people think of you? What do other people think of your looks/clothes?
A. People shouldn’t think anything of me because I give them nothing to think about. Darius thinks I am a bore or that I have a secret life, but there isn’t a secret life, there is just life.
Q. Are your emotions different when you’re alone as compared to when others are present?
A. My feelings don’t change. My emotions are mine, why should I change them when others are present.
Q. How do you react to sudden change in your life?
A. I get agitated.
R. What are you looking for in a life’s partner? List at least 5 things.
A. I am not looking for one. Everyone eventually leaves me. But she would have to be amazing.
Q. What is your idea of a perfect first date?
A. I don’t know, I never had one.
Q. What is your definition of ‘romantic’?
A. Someone who gets me.
Q. Do you want children – Yes or No, and Why?
A. Maybe, so that my father wouldn’t be disappointed about the family of Covaci dying out.
Q. What would you say is your health status? Do you have any chronic conditions?
A. Fairly healthy. I eat right, exercise.
Q. Do you look older or younger than your age?
A. Darius tells me I look hard for my age, because he says I haven’t smiled since college.
Q. Tell me about your job. What is it that you do? Do you like your job? What is your relationship with your boss? What is your relationship with the people you manage? If a better offer were to come along, would you quit and go to the new job?
A. I don’t have a boss. I am part owner with Darius in VC. Errr… Venture capitalist or a corporate raider if the company is worth raiding. I have plenty of people who work for me, but Darius deals with all of the day-to-day and “HR” things.
Q. Is money important to you? Why?
A. Yes, because I never had it until now.
Q. Do you have a secret passion? What is it? Why is it secret and why is it a passion?
A. If I had anything that I kept secret that is.
Ok. Cooking. I like to cook.
Q. How would you react if someone you love was in danger?
Q. How would you react if you discovered someone had cheated you?
A. What is the point of reacting? They cheated, move on.
R. Where do you want to be in 5 years? Where do you want to be in 10 years?
Q. You’ve just won a multi-million dollar lottery. What would you do with the money?
A. That is impossible I don’t gamble.
Q. If you could have a whole day with any person, living or dead, who would it be and why? What would you do with this person?
A. My father, just to show him that I made it.
Q. You’ve got a month’s vacation coming. If money was no object, where would you go, and why?
A. I would just stay at home. That is my ideal vacation.
Q. How well do you relate to the following:
Family – None, there is no one left.
Friends – Don’t have any.
Spouse/Lover/Partner – don’t have one.
Children (Yours and In General) – I am never around children.
Family Members Don’t ask me about family anymore
People of the Opposite Sex: They are not meant to relate to, they are means to an end.
Q. How Well Do These People Relate to You
I don’t know, go bother them.