Character Questionnaire: Gabriel D’Angelo

The prep for NaNo continues! This time I’m using a handy-dandy character sheet featured on NaNo’s official blog: NaNoWriMo Character Questionnaire It’s amazing what these 46 questions reveal about your characters. I also added the question concerning hair color; I have no clue why they’d want to know eye color but not hair. Anyway, I’ve chosen Gabriel for this example. Read on!


  1. Name: Gabriel Duvall (D’Angelo)

  2. Age: 36

  3. Height: 6 ft 1 in

  4. Eye color: green

  5. Hair color: dark brown

  6. Physical appearance: Runner’s physique, toned

  7. Strange or unique physical attributes: scar at the left corner of his mouth

  8. Favorite clothing style/outfit: jeans, tee shirts, jackets, sweats

  9. Where does he or she live? What is it like there? Gabriel lives in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Small town, college area, pretty basic.

  10. Defining gestures/movements (i.e., curling his or her lip when he or she speaks, always keeping his or her eyes on the ground, etc.): Eyes tend to wander to corners of rooms or any reflective surface; never can be quite sure he’s listening to everything someone says

  11. Things about his or her appearance he or she would most like to change: nothing

  12. Speaking style (fast, talkative, monotone, etc.): Soft spoken most of the time, mumbler

  13. Pet peeves: writing with anything other than a blue pen

  14. Fondest memory: building sand castles on the beach in Florida with his twin sister

  15. Hobbies/interests: running, basketball, football

  16. Special skills/abilities: can communicate with spirits, and send their souls to rest through touch

  17. Insecurities: his belief that he is a freak because of what he can do, and the sense that everyone knows it

  18. Quirks/eccentricities: general avoidance of others despite preferring being around large crowds, nervous sitter (always tapping surfaces with his fingers, leg shaking, uneasy shifting in place)

  19. Temperament (easygoing, easily angered, etc.): short tempered, stand offish

  20. Negative traits: tends to solve problems by avoiding them all together, stubborn, moody

  21. Things that upset him or her: talk about his abilities, his past

  22. Things that embarrass him or her: being the center of attention

  23. This character is highly opinionated about: letting others know just how much he hates it when they try to dispense life advice

  24. Any phobias? The dark

  25. Things that make him or her happy: running

  26. Family (describe): Father: Michael D’Angelo; Mother: Amelia D’Angelo; Twin sister: Sophia D’Angelo-Cooper; Brother-in-law: Zachary Cooper; Ghost companion: Maria Cavanaugh

  27. Deepest, darkest secret: attempted suicide when he was 15

  28. Reason he or she kept this secret for so long: he didn’t think anyone in his family would understand

  29. Other people’s opinions of this character (What do people like about this character? What do they dislike about this character?): Gabriel’s supervisors like his work ethic; he’s never late and always willing to take on extra duties. His peers find him a bit on the quiet side, and take notice he is almost always alone. He doesn’t go out of his way to make friends or attend most social functions. This also marks him as an enigma to women, making him an object of interest to them. His students think he’s got a stick up his ass.

  30. Favorite bands/songs/type of music: 80s synth pop, dubstep

  31. Favorite movies: action, comedy

  32. Favorite TV shows: cooking shows (Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Iron Chef America)

  33. Favorite books: fantasy

  34. Favorite foods: Chinese, Korean BBQ, Japanese

  35. Favorite sports/sports teams: Detroit Lions, San Antonio Spurs

  36. Political views: largely indifferent

  37. Religion/philosophy of life: atheist; he’s seen so much that he doesn’t think there is higher power running things.

  38. Physical health: fairly good

  39. Dream vacation: doesn’t put much stock in things like this

  40. Description of his or her house: very limited personal effects; a few pictures on the walls here and there, mostly filled with items to ward spirits away.

  41. Description of his or her bedroom: walls are covered in spirit warding, a single photo of his family on the bedside table, bottles of pills and glasses of water.

  42. Any pets? No

  43. Best thing that has ever happened to this character: getting out of the paranormal field

  44. Worst thing that has ever happened to this character: being spiritually linked to a ghost

  45. Superstitions: none; his experiences leave little to be afraid of

  46. Three words to describe this character: Brooding, grim, cowardly

  47. If a song played every time this character walked into the room, what song would it be? Somebody’s Watching Me by Rockwell

I can already tell Gabriel will be quite fun to write. I’m no stranger to writing stubborn characters, that’s for sure. However, unlike Simon, who hid what he really felt beneath a thick wall of indifference, Gabriel is more emotionally vulnerable. It doesn’t take much for him to crack.

Is it November 1st yet?

One comment on “Character Questionnaire: Gabriel D’Angelo

  1. Reblogged this on Caeruleus Aether and commented:
    I know! I haven’t posted here in forever. I had some RL things to take care of before I returned to this. My friend post this, so I’m reblogging as a reminder to myself that I think that doing this questionnaire would be a good idea. More work on CA as soon as things settle down and I can sit down for a spell. Promise.

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