Character Profile: Nate

July 14, 2016 Writing  One comment

Nathan Charles Benson
Jamie’s brother

17 years old
DOB: April 17, 1994

Long curly brown hair that falls in his eyes, dark brown eyes
Lean, tall body with sinewy muscles
No facial hair, some teenage acne, angular, long face
Both ears pierced, small black gages

Graduates from high school in 2012 (when story takes place)
Works ten hours a week at Charlie’s Place, usually back in the kitchen dishwashing

Considerate, sensitive, athletic, goofy, daring, funny, prone to procrastination, can be touchy 

Gets frustrated and annoyed with Jamie for not trusting him to make his own decisions and being so controlling.

Understands that going to a good college is important, but also wants to enjoy his time with his friends and teammates.

He’s confused and doesn’t know what he wants.

Plays varsity basketball – shooting guard

Relationship with Dad? They tolerate each other. Gets easily defensive when his dad talks to him.

How does he feel about his mom leaving? He misses her, more protective of her than either Charlie or Jamie. Gets upset when they say bad things about her.


I have a lot of love for Nate. I had a lot of fun writing his character and playing out the dynamics between him and Jamie, him and Charlie, him and Collin. Especially because Nate operates very differently from Jamie and Charlie. He isn’t as scarred or jagged. It was fun to play with the ways kids are both alike and different from their parents; which traits and characteristics they take on from each parent.

I can’t wait to find out what Nate’s story is, where he goes from where he leaves off in Running to Stand Still. 


Up next: Jamie and Nate’s dad, Charlie (where Nate gets his middle name from)


Until next time, farewell & may your life never cease to be filled with wonder and curiosity.

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