One has to spend just half an hour with Amy to see that she is the typical "good girl" type. Amazing grades, respectful, and always does her best to avoid any sort of confrontation. Growing up, Amy was disciplined as a young child, and thus she's knowledgeable enough to know when there's trouble and more importantly, how to avoid it. As an only child, her parents made sure she wasn't the least bit spoiled unless she deserved to be.
Amy loves to have a good time around her close group of friends. They will sometimes encourage her to drink or do whatever any teenager in a small town usually does to occupy time, but she always turns them down. They don't treat her any differently nor does the relationship with one another changes. Around strangers, however, Amy usually listens more so than she speaks. She's a bit shy around people she doesn't know very well and it takes some time for her to open up to them.
With that said, the girl does have her flaws. She naturally sees the good in people which leads her to misjudge their true intentions. She's gotten in trouble a few times as she's been suckered into being part of minor illegal activities due to her naivety, and that's something she knows she has to work on.
Amy and her parents moved to town from London a few years ago to care for her grandmother's health. She has a couple of family members from her mother's side living in Everbrook. Her father, on the other hand, was raised in England and has most of his family there or back in India. Due to her loved ones being spread out throughout the globe, Amy has had a chance to travel quite a bit despite her young age. Money isn't an issue as Amy's father is a surgeon and her mother's an attorney.
Despite being able to buy practically anything she wants, Amy much prefers to spend money on activities as well as her hobbies. She loves music and has a grand piano in one of the rooms in her house which she uses nearly every week both during her private lessons and on her free time. Aside from being able to play the keyboard, Amy also loves to swim. Her home has an indoor pool, and albeit not all that big, she uses it to stay somewhat in shape. She's been told she could try out for the high school team, but she's turned down the offer as she'd much rather focus on her academics.
All in all, Amy doesn't mind the small-town life, but she certainly misses her life in London. She wants to spend the summer there with her aunt, uncle, and cousins. She's definitely excited as they're going to travel to Australia as well for a couple of weeks, the one place she's been wanting to visit but has never had the chance to go to.
Some days, Amy tutors after school. She's flexible and she makes home visits, so she has a good clientele. Her Tesla Model 3 is not at all extravagant compared to what some of the kids on her block drive if they're licensed, but her friends who aren't exactly wealthy always love asking her for a ride.
Okay folks! I went ahead and made my own character's CS, and you can use this as an example of what I'm looking for with the characters in the story. I'd like to see a little bit of backstory, with a smidge about their home life as well. For example, Will comes from a middle-class suburban family, but the family is strained due to the death of his older sister 10 years ago.
William “Will” Morgan
Place of Residence
218 Turner Street
Horror Aficionado: Will has a nearly encyclopedic knowledge on horror films, horror novels and horror comics. He can tell you the difference between a sasquatch and a yeti, and how the loch ness monster is just a plesiosaur.
Reserved: Being the monster kid doesn’t really get you invited to a lot of parties. Due to his lonesome nature (who wouldn’t completely recede inside themselves when their best friend and big sister kills herself?) Will is quiet. That comes with perks though; he’s unassuming and easily forgettable. That’s...useful in some things, right?
Awkward: Being the loner kid most of your life doesn’t prepare you for talking to others, especially those of the opposite sex. Will’s better off stuttering or muttering about vampires than actually talking.
Obsessive: The death of Sarah (his sister) has been weighing on him for ten years. The fact that he recently uncovered a diary of hers with entries talking about some similarly weird things happening now has set him on a one-track path to uncover what’s going on, and he’s willing to sacrifice everything to learn the truth.
William Morgan was born in Doc Sparrow Memorial Hospital, October 23rd, 2003 to Eugene and Kathleen Morgan. His older sister Sarah was extremely close with him, even though she was nine years older than he was. Sarah’s obsession with old school horror quickly drew her brother in, and the two bonded over that. On July 15, 2010, Sarah was found dead in Cider Park, alongside six other teenagers. It was ruled a suicide. Will underwent a change after than, becoming sullen, distant and ultimately disconnected with most of the world.
The Morgan household also changed. Eugene seemed to distance himself by delving into work at the local hardware store that he managed, and Kathleen began doing extra work with the local Presbytrian Church. The house became cold and empty. Will’s life became horror movie reruns, school work and the occasional video game.
Then summer came. A chance to visit his aunt and uncle in Portland died quickly after they told him that the virus was still contagious in the city. An attempted trip to a horror convention in Bangor also died. He seemed stuck in town. Then he found the journal.
Will technically has a driver’s license, but since he has to borrow the family’s Ford Fusion to get around (and since his dad has been working extra shifts) his normal method of transportation is an old Schwinn bicycle.
Will does not have a summer job, and spends a lot of his time at the library, finding his own house stifling, especially when his mother has church friends visiting.
The Prescott’s are known for being fiscally responsible, intelligent, upstanding citizens of Everbrook. Abbie Prescott is an anomaly if one would expect such things from the daughter of James Prescott and Laura Lee Sparrow.
Abigail isn’t the greatest of students, not particularly book smart, nor is she particularly the model daughter of such a family. The only thing in common she holds with her father’s family is being fiscally responsible, though she sort of has to be considering the fact that she is not allowed great privilege despite being from a prestigious family. She has no credit card, no allowance, and is expected to be “self-determined”; to earn everything that she wants. It’s easy to be fiscally responsible when you are the only girl on Everbrook Circle without expendable income. In fact, the only thing she has is a car and that was only because her Sweet Sixteen allowed her to finally get one. She didn’t even think she was getting one until her mother put the keys in her hand.
She hates it. She hates all of it. But it’s life.
Speaking of her manners, Abbie isn’t exactly mean, but she does channel her frustrations in a less than tactful manner. She’s sarcastic, often at other’s expenses. She thinks she has it just as bad as kids from Courtland Street, even if it’s not exactly comparable. She’s rather self-centered and when she gets mad she seems to make everything out to be much worse than it is. Her own cousin, Samuel, thinks she’s full of hot air. For those that know Abbie they probably wouldn’t contest that much.
That said, Abbie isn’t a sociopath or even a “Queen Bee” type. She certainly frames herself to be an alpha, but a lot of that seems to be more present on the basketball court rather than in casual conversation. Whereas her family prefers social niceties, Abbie doesn’t. In fact, Abbie’s honest demeanor can be oft mistaken for antagonistic japes when she is merely being blunt. Though sometimes it would help if she could read the room, or measure her responses better. Of all the kids born from the families on Everbrook Circle, one could probably do worse than Abigail “Abbie” Prescott. That much is for sure. At least she won't brag about having more money than you, after all.
The Prescott Family is one of the oldest families in the city of Everbrook.
Abigail, Abbie to anyone that knows her, has had a motor since she was old enough to walk. Despite only growing to be five-foot-three she has shown an affinity for competition and a flair for the dramatic. Every single girls’ basketball team in Everbrook has highlighted her talents at the guard position. Still, the spotlight hasn’t made her happy enough. She wants to be free of Everbrook and while she has the prestige that a member of the Prescott Family deserves, she lacks the opportunity. In over nine generations not a single Prescott has left Everbrook. Some who wanted to never got the chance to.
But family secrets are elusive, flying under Abbie’s radar with relative ease. She’s not particularly inquisitive due to her hyper-focused and self-centered nature. Her Sweet Sixteen wasn’t too long ago and the idea of a collegiate basketball career has not yet crossed her mind. Right now she’s hoping to drag Everbrook’s sorry excuse for a girls’ basketball program to a State and National Championship. However, she might not get that chance. The upcoming summer is strange and full of misfortune. She had been called up to a basketball camp… but her invitation was canceled last minute when the camp was canceled. When she tried to drive out of Everbrook for a festival in another state the only way out was blocked off by a traffic accident on six different occasions.
What the hell was going on?
The Prescott's are rather wealthy. They have run the Prescott Cider Mill since 1736 and own several non-essential businesses in Everbrook. One member of the family was even Mayor during the First World War.
Her mother comes from a long line of bankers. Her grandfather runs the Prescott National Bank.
Her car is a 1970 Plymouth Roadrunner. She hoped for something more modern, but it's Everbrook. There are still functional payphones, after all.
She has a part-time job working at the local supermarket -- though its more of a general store.