Saturday, May 14, 2016

Beautiful People: Westly "Wes" Hawkins

Wheeee Beautiful People is back! :D Because April was Camp NaNoWriMo (think normal NaNo, but with customized word goals and cabin mates!), the linkup was delayed. But now Cait and Sky are back for May, and I'll be introducing a character from the blog serial Fence Jumpers (so some of you may know who he is ;) ). While Wes isn't the MC, he plays a major role, and he's full of sarcasm and swaggering confidence. Fence Jumpers is a dystopian story set in Cincinnati, where the mayor is building something shady, and the Fence Jumpers, under the guise of juvenile delinquents, go about trying to expose his plans. When siblings Skyler and Hannah join them, things go nuts.

How often does he smile? Would he smile at a stranger?
Mm, not often. At least not a genuine smile. A smirk is more his thing. He likely would not smile at a stranger. Wes doesn’t trust strangers.

What is the cruelest thing he’s ever been told? And what was his reaction?
I don’t know… perhaps when he was told why his father was never around, why his mother was alone. It didn’t affect him at first, but over time, he become angry because of it. He got into some bad stuff, letting his bitterness influence his decisions.

What is the kindest thing he’s ever been told? And what was his reaction?
Kindest… probably what Hannah told him once. That he’s a better role model to the younger Fence Jumpers than he gives himself credit for, despite his past. His reaction? Likely a smile, and they kissed twice. It gave him a good confidence boost (at the time he was running low on that).

What is one strong memory that has stuck with him from childhood? Why is it so powerful and lasting?
The death of his older brother Kurt, and the day he almost killed himself. Both events were from drug overdose. When their mom died, Kurt began using, and his death led Wes down that same road. Kip saved him from that life when Wes tried to kill himself. It’s stuck with him, and it’s helped shape him to become a young man who tries to help the younger Jumpers from that lifestyle. He knows what it does to a person, and he works hard to keep the kiddos away from it.

What book (a real actual published book!) do you think he would benefit from reading?
The Bible. For real, as much as I love the daylights out of my Jumper, he needs the Bible. It would help a lot, especially with dealing with his past.

Has he ever been seriously injured? How severely? How did he react?
I’m not sure… I wouldn’t be surprised if he has been, maybe a broken nose or limb (it's an occupational hazard). He’s still able to run and leap fences, so it’s probably not too bad. He probably took it bravely and acted as if it didn’t hurt like crazy, even if it does indeed hurt like crazy and he's ready to pass out.

Does he like and get along with his neighbours?
If his neighbors are the Jumpers (and later Coyotes) he lives with, it probably depends on the person. He wouldn’t show much affection for them, but you lay a finger on any one of them and he will explode in a fury of fists. He can rub people the wrong way, but he’s usually only sarcastic and snarky.

On a scale from 1 to 10 (1 being easy and 10 being difficult) how easy is he to get along with?
Haha, probably a 7, maybe. If you just push past the sarcasm, he’s alright, but he knows how to push buttons when he wants.

If he could travel anywhere in the world, where would he go?
Far, far away from Cincinnati. Far from busy cities, and somewhere with open stretches of field and quiet woods. Somewhere safe, somewhere he doesn’t feel threatened everywhere he turns.

Who was the last person he held hands with?
Probably Hannah. Most definitely Hannah.

Images found via Pinterest.

What do you all think of Wes? If you've read the story, do you like him? Hate him? Feel so-so about him?


  1. Oooh I really like the name 'Fence Jumpers'. It really stuck out to me, and now I'm intrigued what your story is about. Wes sounds like a really nice guy (I love sarcastic characters). I loved how you talked about how his backstory shaped him; the past really does mold people for better or worse. Great post! :)

    1. Thank you! :D I'm glad you like him. ^_^ The Prologue of Fence Jumpers (found back in May 2014) give a basic idea of what the story is about. :D

      *nodnod* It does. Wes's past has definitely shaped him. He tries to be distant, but he also tries to keep others from walking the path he had. He's a sweet guy when one really gets to know him. :3 Still can be a pain in the butt, but he has his moments. XD

  2. WEEEEESSSSS *comes back from the grave to spam your blog posts whoops* "Probably Hannah. Most definitely Hannah." LOL Truth.

    1. XD XD Welcome back! :3 Yes. XD Hannah's the most likely candidate there. I doubt he holds hands with anybody else very much. XD ;)


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