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Beautiful People | Halina

I'm dipping my pen into different stories this month, all of which are on the same topic — the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising. I'm just trying to figure out the best way to tell this story, and I keep coming up with completely different characters and ideas. I'm thinking I may need to write a couple books dedicated to this subject! All that to say, I came up with an idea last week that won't leave me alone ... or more specifically, a cast of characters that won't leave me alone. So for this month's Beautiful People, I'm going to talk about Halina. She may or may not have her story told right away. We'll see how it goes. 

1. What first inspired this character? Is there a person/actor you based them off? 

You know who inspired Halina? Eponine from Les Miserables. Eponine has always been a favorite character of mine, even more so after reading A Little in Love. I thought it would be neat to have a character in similar situations as Eponine, but in a different time period and an alternate ending ... like she gets the guy she loves in the end. =)

2. Describe their daily routine.

I'm still in the early writing stages, but her daily life isn't pleasant, even before she's forced into the Warsaw ghetto. She comes from a broken family and lives with her half brother who is violent, mean, and, to be frank, hates her. Halina doesn't feel like she's really living ... more like surviving. But she loves music and daydreaming, both of which keep her going.

3. If they joined your local high school, what clique would they fit into?

I don't know much about high school cliques, but wherever music, literature and art is, Halina is there.  

4. Write a list of things they merely tolerate. Ex: certain people, foods, circumstances in their lives...

She tolerates her half brother because she clings to the hope that he will change. She also tolerates her less than ideal living conditions because she has no where else to go. 

5. How do they react in awkward silences?

She might be one to break the silence. I haven't found that out yet. 

6. Can they swim? If so, how did they learn? 

Yes, she can swim. Her mother taught her before she died.

7. What is one major event that helped shape who they are?

The uprising. Halina's going to make exceedingly hard choices and discover who she is. 

8. What things do they value most in life?

Love and kindness. She's known so little of both in her lifetime that she realizes how powerful and beautiful it is when someone truly cares. 

9. Do they believe in giving other people second chances? Do they have any trust issues?

Yes, she believes in giving people second chances. In fact, she's a bit too trusting at times.

10. Your character is having a rough day...what things do they do to make them happy again? Is there
anyone they talk/interact with to get in a better mood?

The thoughts of a home she used to have (though she's not sure if she made it up or if it was real) keeps her spirits up on hard days. Also, there's an abandoned piano in the ghetto and a certain young man who plays it that make her feel like life is beautiful after all.

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  1. This is a really neat series! And Halina sounds like an interesting character; my heart is already going out to her. I love the photos you chose; so beautiful!

    1. Thanks, Miranda! She's a hard character to write because of all the horrible things happening to her, but there are some good moments in store for Halina as well. =) Thanks for commenting!

  2. I want to find out more! Just reading this makes me hope things get better for her.

    1. Thank you, Mary! I'm glad Halina piques your interest!

  3. Oh I can't wait to learn more of your story!!! Is the pianist Wlasyslaw Szpilman, or is he fictional??

    1. The pianist is fictional, but I did watch the movie about Wladyslaw Szpilman so that has inspired parts of this story!