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Character Profile: Jacob

August 18, 2016 Writing  One comment

JacobJamie and Nate's defacto uncleBartender at Charlie's Place

Last name: UnknownDOB: Unknown

Jacob is still an enigma to me.

He was inspired by a bartender I encountered while out for my husband’s 25th birthday in downtown Detroit before a 21 Pilots concert at the Fox Theatre.

The second I saw him behind the bar, I knew he was going to be a character in my book.

The description Collin gives in the book is the exact narration I had in my head as I watched the bartender that night:

“I knew Jamie thought Jacob was a sweetheart—they even had nicknames for each other—but he was intimidating as hell. He must’ve been a hockey player in a former life with his

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Character Profile: Amy

August 4, 2016 Writing  One comment

Amy Michelle BensonJamie’s mom

41 years oldDOB: November 30, 1970

Round, welcoming face with rosy cheeksBrown hair with soft brown eyesLeans toward the thicker and curvier side5’4”

Dresses artistically bohemian with brown leather cowboy boots with a red and green rose pattern up the side, favors jeans, flowy blouses, color, likes eccentric jewelry

Vibrant, kind, gregarious, affectionate, alluring, resourceful


Musically inclined. Likes to sing, play guitar, and write songs. That’s what brought her and Charlie together. They used to play and perform together.

Musical stylings of Marie Wilson's “Free”

Had Jamie and got

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Character Profile: Charlie

July 21, 2016 Writing  2 comments

Charlie BensonJamie’s Dad

46 years oldDOB: September 12, 1965

Lean angular faceBlack hair with some gray, dark brown, gray eyesLean, tall body with compact muscles – boxes at gym with Jacob6’0”Scruffy goatee most of the timeBoth ears pierced, small silver hoops

Wears big chunky, silver rings & black leather cuff Brantley Gilbert style Wears his and Amy’s wedding bands on silver chain around his neckGenerally wears blue or black jeans with black boots, simple t-shirts, sometimes plaid, sometimes jean jacket 



1.) Take care of his family

longs deeply for his kids to be better than him – wants them to get more out of life than he has, wants to

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Character Profile: Nate

July 14, 2016 Writing  One comment

Nathan Charles BensonJamie’s brother

17 years oldDOB: April 17, 1994

Long curly brown hair that falls in his eyes, dark brown eyesLean, tall body with sinewy muscles6’0”No facial hair, some teenage acne, angular, long faceBoth 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,

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Character Profile: Collin

July 7, 2016 Writing  One comment

Collin Joseph WhiteMale protagonistPOV character

22 years oldDOB: April 19, 1989

Short blonde hair, blue eyes, light skin, athletic/lean body build, broad shoulders and trim, tapered waist, rounded shoulders5’10”Straight white teeth, soft skin, high cheekbones but soft facial features, full lips, sometimes has some facial scruff but usually clean shaven, no tattoosStraight, but relaxed and confident stance   

Average, casual clothing, mostly from Kohl's or Old Navy or Meijer, wears black work boots, and ball caps. Likes to wear long-sleeved thermals under his work shirt, relaxed, easy fit faded jeans.

Born in Warren, MIGrew up/currently lives in Roseville, MIMiddle class

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Character Profile: Jamie

June 30, 2016 Writing  One comment

*Character Profiles are just a snapshot of the characters in Running to Stand Still. Like the Extra's on a DVD, this is just some bonus background information, and I posted it entirely for my own amusement. Read only if interested.


Jamie Michelle BensonFemale protagonistPOV character

23 years oldDOB: October 26, 1988 (should note that the story takes place in 2012, simultaneously with The Charm Necklace--where (Easter Egg!) Jamie and Collin make a cameo.)

Medium, straight length brown hair with reddish tint in it (especially in sun)Dark brown eyes, light skin5’5”130 lbs. slim, with curvesStraightforward walk

Dresses casual punk, jeans, and t-shirts with black

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