Last month Anoushka Beazley was in my hot seat answering questions about her novel, The Good Enough Mother. Today you’ll be finding out more about main character Drea from her character profile.
First, here’s a reminder about the novel:
Gatlin – a leafy, affluent town: Chelsea tractors and ladies who lunch. However all is not as it seems. Drea, a most unnatural mother, struggles to find private school fees for her step-daughter Ava after her boyfriend leaves her for another woman. Watching the yummy mummies she becomes inspired, hatching a daring and criminal plan…unleashing all hell in the quiet town of Gatlin. Can Drea survive the fallout and the wrath of the PTA?
A satirical and hilarious black comedy about love, motherhood and the human condition.
Who is Drea Peiris?
Name: Drea Peiris
Current Residence: Gatlin
Income: A problem
Talents/Skills: Resourcefulness, Humour, Emotionally compartmentalizing
Significant Others (describe relationship): Step-daughter – Ava. Father – Papa
Weight: 14 stone
Race: Sri Lankan
Eye Color: Brown
Hair Color: Black
Skin color: Brown
Shape of Face: Cat-like
Distinguishing features: arched eyebrows
How does she dress?: Jeans, baggy jumpers, old trainers
Habits: Weed, whisky, cigarettes
Hobbies: Stalking depression support groups from her car
Favorite Sayings: I hate people
Greatest flaw: Her ability to hurt herself
Best quality: Her capacity to love
Educational Background: Physics Degree
Any Mental Illnesses? Depression
Learning Experiences: Mother’s suicide, foster care
Character’s short-term goals in life: Find the money for Ava’s school fees
Character’s long-term goals in life: To kill herself
How does Drea see herself?: As having checked out of her life
How does Drea believe she is perceived by others? Judged and excluded if noticed at all
How self-confident is Drea? Shockingly
Does she seem ruled by emotion or logic or some combination thereof? Logic which is then replaced by emotion
What would embarrass her most: A revealing of how broken her heart is
Strengths: Her loyalty to Ava. Her wish to give her better than she had.
Weaknesses: Her loyalty to Ava. Her moral ambiguity.
Introvert or Extrovert? Introvert with extrovert language
How does she deal with anger? With a plan
With sadness? She tries to numb the sadness
With conflict? She goes at it head to head
With change? Confusion
With loss? She locks away the pain in rooms no one will find
What does she want out of life? What she cannot have; a mother who loves her
What would she like to change in her life? The death of her mother
What motivates her? Love
What frightens her? Shame
What makes her happy? She figuring that out
Is she judgmental of others? No
Is she generous or stingy? Generous
Is she generally polite or rude? Rude
Does she believe in God? A little but is sure he is a bitch
I’m sure this will help readers to understand Drea’s complex character.
Maybe even a little empathy?
Anoushka Beazley is the author of satirical black comedy novel The Good Enough Mother, currently sold in Waterstones, Daunt Books, Foyles and many other London independents. Voted top ten in Red Magazine 2016 gift books guide, first self-published book ever selected as September choice for Poppyloves book club. Reading and Q&A’s at Chiswick Book Festival and Archway Literary Festival and chosen by the BBC, BFI and Creative Skillset to turn into a screenplay.
Anoushka worked for six years as an actress on stage and TV, and before that worked as a presenter and researcher in television. She has a BA in Film , a Post Graduate Diploma in Acting, and an MA in Creative writing.
Connect with Anoushka Beazley
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