I read an article last week about character flaws and quirks. Every one should have them unless it’s a nameless character there for one line.
This got me thinking about my characters and their quirks. I love quirks because we all have them, and they make us unique. My characters also have their favourite unique food they like that might not be liked by the average individual. I think everyone has this, too, so it goes well in a story.
I love cranberries, and I’ve eaten cranberry sandwiches for as long as I can remember. All through school—all 13 years—I’ve eaten these sandwiches for lunch. While many classmates in high school bought their lunch at the cafeteria, I brought a bagged lunch with, you guessed it, cranberry sandwiches. It was my thing. When I started working, the main item in my lunch was that sandwich. (PS: I’ve never had a urinary tract infection.)
We picked our own berries from the fields around our home and made the spread, so we knew exactly what went into it. I still make the jam with berries picked along the Eastern Shore.
I gave this food quirk to one of my main characters: Bronwyn Darrow. Fenberries is another name for cranberries, so when you read about Bronwyn eating fenberry sandwiches, that’s cranberries, and that comes from me.
Farlan Burkenshaw, eats pumpkin seeds. Isla of Maura loves biscuits even when they have raisins. McGuigan likes biscuits but hates raisins. He prefers jelly mint candies and when he sees a candy store, he always visits. When Isla goes with him, she buys cherry-filled chocolates; her favourite. Kiefer, on the other hand, will eat the biscuits with raisins.
When they break the fast, Isla always orders bacon while McGuigan orders sausages. He likes them spicy, but will eat just about any kind.
Do your characters have favourite foods? Are there foods, such as raisins, they simply won’t eat?