The Fixer Character Profile: Katerina Mills
January 3, 2015I finished the second round of edits of The Fixer: The Naked Man today. The story is evolving and changing. Connections are being made, new meanings are being made. It's a strange and wonderful process. Most of the time, I feel as if I'm following the road that is winding its way before me. I'm taking the advice that a friend gave me: Don't be an instigator, be an observer.
So now I'd like to introduce you to the main character of The Fixer series, Miss Katerina Mills. I thought quite a bit about the best way to do this. I could give you height, weight, and eye color. But I thought it would be more fun to do something a little different. A Proust Questionnaire. If you've ever read an issue of Vanity Fair magazine, or watched Inside the Actor's Studio with James Lipton, the Proust Questionnaire is designed to reveal a person's personality.
So, as an introduction, I present the Proust Questionnaire for Katerina (Kat) Mills. If you have any questions or comments, I'd love to hear them. More information about The Fixer: The Naked Man can be found at my website http://www.jillamyrosenblatt.com
More to come soon!
What is your idea of perfect happiness? Being a successful attorney at a powerful law firm and having a penthouse apartment. Today, that's my idea of perfect happiness.
What is your greatest fear? Failure.
Which historical figure do you most identify with? Queen Elizabeth I. She was as smart and as tough as the men. But I think she would've chucked it all for true love and great sex if she'd had the chance.
Which living person do you most admire? Lisa - she's got it all together. I have no idea how she does it but I want it.
What is the trait you most deplore in yourself? Flirting with dangerous men.
What is the trait you most deplore in others? Deception/trickery.
What is your greatest extravagance? My hair. There's a lot of it.
What is your favorite journey? I haven't taken it yet.
What do you consider the most overrated virtue? Patience.
On what occasion do you lie? Whenever my job calls for it—which is most of the time.
What do you dislike most about your appearance? I look like no one should take me seriously.
Which living person do you most despise? My ex-boss/ex-lover Philip. The feeling comes and goes.
Which words or phrases do you most overuse? "I see" and "Oh, bullshit."
What is your greatest regret? I have a lot to learn.
What or who is the greatest love of your life? I haven't had one yet but I'm afraid it's coming soon.
When and where were you happiest? First arriving in New York City to start college.
Which talent would you most like to have? The ability to read minds.
What is your current state of mind? Cautiously anxious.
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be? My age. I'd like to be older. I hear you get to be wiser, like it's a package deal.
What do you consider your greatest achievement? I'm not in jail.
If you could choose what to come back as, what would it be? A 1920's Flapper Girl. They looked like they didn't have any problems.
What is your most treasured possession? My hair.
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery? The feeling that I'm out of options.
Where would you like to live? In my 30s. So I could look back and see that everything worked out okay.
What is your favorite occupation? Succeeding.
What is your most marked characteristic? My hair.
What is the quality you most like in a man? Strength.
What is the quality you most like in a woman? Intelligence.
What do you most value in your friends? Their acceptance with no questions asked.
Who are your favorite writers? Shakespeare. I read he was very young when he wrote his plays. I want to know, "How did he know people so well when he hadn't lived that long?"
Who is your favorite hero of fiction? Elizabeth Bennet. She had no cards to play and she still came out on top.
Who are your heroes in real life? My mother. She keeps going no matter what.
What are your favorite names? Charles and Bob.
What is it that you most dislike? Condescension.
How would you like to die? Painlessly.
What is your motto? “When one must, one can.”