Have you ever joined a new Bible Study or some other gathering when you’re told there’s about to be an ice breaker? I hear all you introverts groaning out there! 😅
Truthfully, I’ve felt the same way, and yet … those little games can help a room full of strangers start talking, and even become friends. I’m thinking about a new Bible Study I attended once. At the beginning, the host said, “Let’s break the ice by sharing one thing about ourselves that no one else in the room knows.”
Some said things like, “My earrings don’t match” or “I was in the stage play of Home Alone in middle school” etc., but one elderly woman simply said, “I can touch my nose with my tongue.”
What?! She then proved it to a room full of laughter! She was one quirky character!
In case you’re wondering …
I told the group about my past as a secret shopper for Taco Bell. Honest. I used to go from store to store, checking cleanliness and sampling food for various Taco Bell stores, all in secret. (I hope I never have to sample a chalupa ever again, haha.)
This got me thinking about characters I’ve both read or written who’ve done quirky things or held unusual jobs.
Without spoilers, here are a few quirky characters from some of my own books:
In Chocolate Beach, Bri is a disaster in the kitchen (I mean, really), EXCEPT she bakes amazing brownies.
In A Sea Glass Christmas, Trace says whatever’s on her mind. In other words, she has no filter!
And in Beach Music, Rafael, the dishy town handyman loves to hum—but doesn’t realize he’s doing it 😙
I’ve also loved the curiosity of Mary Lennox (Secret Garden), the grumpy but soft-hearted AJ Fikry (The Storied Life of AJ Fikry), and the snarky and smart Ashley Stockingdale (What a Girl Wants / Billerbeck).
How about you? What quirks or attributes of your favorite characters made them memorable? Tell me about them below.