Beautiful People #11: The Transgender Gang Leader

by - 3:44 PM

Hey, young bloods! Today I'm teaming up with Cait @ Paper Fury and Sky @ Further Up and Further In to bring you Beautiful People, a link up where you answer questions about your book characters. This month, I'll be introducing Eloise St. Amadine, the transgender gang leader from my novella series The Spies Just Shy of Legendary.

Eloise is a half-Angolan, half-Guatemalan trans woman who helps head the spy gang my story is about. She's generally known as "the Muscle" of the gang, as she's a very talented fighter and sharpshooter who relishes getting down and dirty. Despite her toughness, she's the mother figure of the gang and the glue who keeps everyone together. If you're going through hard times, she'll be right there to help.

1. What's their favorite place they've ever visited?
This sounds cliche, but her grandmother's house. Eloise had a pretty rough childhood and adolescence, but her grandmother was a constant source of stability. She has so many fond memories of that rickety little house, from playing with puzzles as a kid to helping cook waffles and grits as she got older.

2. What's one mistake they've made that they learned from?
Eloise's parents refused to foot the bill for most of her high school education, so she turned to drug dealing to pay her way. She eventually gained a cocaine and cigarette addiction from that, and now she's trying to quit. She's been mostly successful with cigs and partially with coke, but it's definitely a two-steps-forward one-step-back process.

3. What was their favorite subject in school? Or favorite thing to learn about?
Eloise loves chemistry and physics. She finds it so fascinating to learn about the math and science behind why the universe works and exists in its current form.

4. What's their favorite flower/growing thing?
She loves bougainvillea.

5. Have they ever made someone cry? What happened?
OH. BOY. Eloise makes people cry all the time, and often, she doesn't really care. Just in the first chapter of the first book, she makes two main characters bawl. Usually it's because she's beating them up for some disobedience or cheek on their part. She's not too fond of verbal abuse - that's Nagisa, her co-leader's, forte.

6. Would you consider them a reliable or unreliable narrator?
Definitely reliable. Eloise is very pragmatic.

7. What do they dream about at night?
Usually about Nagisa and their vision for the gang. Often about the drugs she's trying to quit. Sometimes about her grandmother. Sometimes about the current heist.

8. They've gone out for a "special meal". What do they eat?
Fried chicken, cheesy grits, and chocolate cake. (Can you tell she was raised in the south?)

9. What's at least one thing they want to do before they die?
Visit Amsterdam. Become drug-free. Grow her dream garden. Be to someone what her grandmother was to her.

10. Do they have any distinguishing or unique talents?
The ability to beat people to a pulp without trying too hard comes to mind. And though she doesn't seem like it, she's a real people-person great at forging and maintaining relationships.


Let's chat! Who are your current favorite book characters? What's your favorite place you've ever visited? Comment below, and link me your BP posts!


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  1. I've read about characters who act all tough but are selfies at heart and they just make my heart go, "D'AWWWWWW." <3 Eloise sounds like one of those kinds of characters, squee!

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

  2. THIS IS SO COOL <3 I love how Eloise's character is fleshed out.

    #7 and #9 are definitely the most interesting answers!

    - andrea at a surge of thunder

  3. Eloise sounds like such an intriguing character - I wanna hear more about this novella 'cause it sounds awesome.

  4. My favourite book character is Kestrel from The Winner's Curse because she is so smart and I wish I had the ability to think and plan like her!

  5. Ahh I love her! Your characters are all beautiful <3


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