Meet my MC, River // Writing Contest!

July 06, 2017

A few posts ago, I asked you all to submit questions for my MC to answer. FINALLY I have made time to answer them *guilty grin* and also bring up the promised writing contest! But truth be told you guys helped me A LOT with these questions, what started as an idea for a fun little post helped me to sit down and make time to explore my character! *bows thankfully to readers*. Read on and please make sure to enter the contest for a chance to get featured on my blog and get comprehensive feedback on your work! :)

Name: River Naomi Montgomery
Birth Date: October 7th
Height: 5’5
Weight: 119
Age: 18
Skills: Design and Planning
Favorite Food: Cookies
Favorite Drink: Southern Style Ice Tea
Career: Just graduated and working the summer at Starbuck’s Coffee as well as helping out with a ministry
Normal Clothing Type: Casual and Comfy, sweaters, tee shirts, jeans, boho blouses, tall boots, boho type sandals.
Skin Color: Fair/White
Eye Color: Very dark brown, almost black
Hair Color: Black
Favorite Animal: Dogs
Favorite quote: There are better things ahead than any we leave behind – C. S. Lewis
Ever been in love: Yes, regretfully
Likes: Honesty, down to earth people, food and hiking
Dislikes: Being stressed or hurried, two faced people
Weapon of choice: A long throwing knife
Favorite Color: All shades of blue
Talents: Design and catching on quickly to anything
Hobbies: Hiking, journaling, outdoor sports and trips

Thank you all so much for commenting these questions, you might have done it for fun but your questions helped develop my character! <3 Note that these questions are not too deep because River is a little secretive and doesn't like to speak about herself too much despite her rigid honesty and outspokenness, also realize these questions are all set before the story begins. It is a kind of a backstory on the character :). *Inserts your name* meet River, River meet my friend, *you*.
What was your most heartbreaking moment?
Just all the family moments of arguing, they always break my heart; no matter how used to them I should be by now. I just wish my family was happy together.

What was one moment of overwhelming joy for you?
When our old neighbors moved out. The lady of the house was an avid fan of opera and greatly aspired to join the ranks of talented amateurs. Ask me? Pure torture.

When did you feel closest to God?  The furthest?
Hmm, that’s a hard question. I guess when my old relationship failed. I needed God, I needed help. Unfortunately it seems that when I grow comfortable, I subconsciously put God on the back burner. The furthest would probably be before that incident, I thought I was close. Being in love is very delusional. 

What’s your family like?
My father is a computer engineer and my mother grew up in a well to do family, her father was president of a vast evangelizing ministry so they traveled all throughout the world. So life is never boring! I have a sixteen year old brother named Michael, I love him to death and he has to be the funniest and most charming person, unlike me. When I see him succeed socially it makes me so happy because he’s doing so much better than I ever did or will do, for that fact!

How would you describe yourself in six words? How about others?
Ahh easy…awkward, cookie loving, rudely honest, over thinking, and emotional.
Others? That’s not as easy, I don’t know anyone too well. Tess says I’m too patient, Some of Mother’s friends call me smart, other ones call me blunt, I’ve been said to be pretty and strong for my long hikes and also annoying by my brother. That should make six… 

What are your hobbies?
I love to journal and review books, I generally have a lot of free time…so I do that. I also love to throw knives, (don't worry, I only throw at targets *grins*) I haven’t done that lately though. I absolutely love hiking, I have my favorite haunts but I’m always eager for new paths and trails.

How do you see yourself in five years?
That’s a scary question! I have absolutely no idea…so much it worries me sometimes. I really have no idea of what the future holds for me.

What are your dreams/nightmares like?
Hazy and tormenting. Usually they draw me back to my past mistakes or things I wanted to be. The happy dreams are very hazy, almost like magic that I can’t explain. Rarely I see children, and somehow I know they’re mine, I also see a man but for some reason it’s like I’m seeing myself and I’m not there myself.

What is your greatest joy in life?
The little things. Warm water over my skin, finishing a hike, biting into a still hot cookie, laughs with Michael, reading beautiful words on cool paper. Roasting mother’s friends very politely. *laughs softly*

If you could spend the rest of your life doing one thing, what would it be?
Probably having a family and staying close together. Whatever it is that my life will bring me, I just want to be a good person, laugh a lot, bake plenty of cookies, and grow to be the most blunt, energetic grandma known. *dark brown eyes sparkle mischievously*



Topic: Why do we have hope in tomorrow? 

Genre: Short Story/Poem

Time Frame: July 6th - July 16th

Entry Rules: 
 - No more than 500 words
 -Neatly Spaced
 - Write from the heart and enjoy! <3

 What do you think of River? Any suggestions as to the character? Any thoughts? Introduce your characters to me or let's chat about our WIP'S! Did you enter the contest? 
Join me below, whatever you have to say, your comments always make my day! <3

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, 
for my power is made perfect in weakness.” 
Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, 
so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 

(2 Corinthians 12:9)

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  1. Your MC sounds awesome! Thank you for including my questions! I'm thinking of entering your contest. I have an idea in mind. I love reading about characters. You did an awesome job. :)

    1. Thank you Ivie, it's encouraging to hear your input! Yay! I really can't wait to see your entry <3

  2. Yes, the best joys in life are the small little things. River is the best. I'm thinking about entering the contest, too. ^.^

    xoxo Abigail Lennah | ups & downs

    1. They truly are! :) Love my character? That's a direct compliment ;) I love River too.
      And I would LOVE to see you in the contest! :)

  3. I loved reading this!! It was cool to hear more about your MC. She sounds awesome. What genre is your book?

    1. Thank you Autumn!It was fun doing. The genre Realistic Christian YA Fiction, I really threw that at you didn't I XD. I'll have to work on shortening it...

  4. River sounds like a complex character, my favorite! She sounds as though she's trying to show a brave face but really needs a hug :)


    1. You got it on PINPOINT Catherine! Bull's eye 100%

  5. River (love that name) sounds like a really cool character! The fact that she is secretive (puts on Sherlock Holmes hat) makes my inner detective come out and want to know more about her!

    Oh! Contest! I might try it out!

    1. Thank you!!! XD Keep the hat on and check for updates then ;)

      I would love to see you in the contest!

  6. This was so good :) And I will try to enter this contest! I am already writing my story :) it may be coming your way soon!


    1. Thank you Lisa! <3 I really can't wait to see it!!! xox

  7. I love River, so much. She feels real to me. :)

    1. That little comment made my day, I love my characters way too much and I act like a new mother when someone admires them too XD Thank you Gray <3

  8. Wow! I relate to River quite a bit, actually! Awkward, over-thinking, and emotional? That's me. Subconsciously putting God on the back burner when I'm comfortable? That's me, too. And how do I see myself in five years? I have a tiny inkling, but I'm really not sure about much. Not yet, anyways.

    This is the first post I've read by you, Anna, and it was lovely. I love River already!

    1. Wow Lila! Seems like you really do!

      Thank you! I am so happy to see you around and absolutely need to check out your blog! :) <3

  9. River sounds so lovely! (Tell her that I enjoyed meeting her; she seems like a beautiful soul!) I want to be a blunt but loved grandma too haha! :D

    1. XD I will tell her and those kind of grandmas are the best XD
      xox Thank you for reading and commenting :)

  10. AHHHH RIVER SOUNDS SO COOOOL <33 (also I love that name! so pretty!) Answering questionnaires for my characters is SO HELPFUL TO ME OMG. I've only recently starting doing it but WOW IT IS REVOLUTIONIZING MY LIFE (and so much fun - bonus!)


    rock on,

    1. AHHHH <3 THANK YOU!!!
      I know!!! It is so simple AND fun, and a good thing to do when you feel your book but feel to lazy to actually write it.

      AW THANK YOU ABBIEE <3 You make me feel really happy :D <3

  11. Tag, you're it! I nominated you for the Character Karaoke Tag, which you can find here. I hope you have tons of fun with this, because music + talking about your WIP = AWESOME SAUCE.

    xoxo Abigail Lennah

    1. THANK YOU ABBY! <3 I commented over at your blog but I'll say it again, I CAN'T WAIT to do it :)

  12. Lovely blog!

    I followed your blog, and I would sincerely appreciate it if you checked out my book reviews blog at and possibly give it a follow as well! Excited to read more of your posts!

    - El

    1. Thank you El! I will definitely do that :)

  13. You don't know what torture you caused me, trying to cut my story from it's original 1,000 words to 500! Ouch. Still I did it :D

    1. Haha, but Lisa it's SO beautiful! Makes me want to read more so bad <3 You did an awesome job girl!

  14. River sounds sooooo cool . I stumbled upon your blog, and I absolutely love it. I enjoyed learning about your MC and work-in-progress. Awesome post!

    I'm a fellow writer who's new to blogging, and I was wondering if you had any tips for newbie bloggers.

    If you have the time, please check out my blog @breenysbooks. I'd love any feedback. Have a wonderful day.

    1. Thank you Breeny! It's so nice to see you around and I would love to give you some tips. I can list a few here but if you want to talk and get fuller advice than you should definitely shoot me a message through the contact form on my page.

      So far as I can see your blog is BEAUTIFUL! I love your design! I'll look around and come back in a comment with some tips. :)

    2. As far as I can see your blog is perfect and it should be you giving me tips :) In fact I have only had this blog since June even though I've been blogging since February. Great job on the design and clearness of the content! You nailed it. :)


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