Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Beautiful people ~July—Lieutenant Erich Essler

Hi all!! I'm back with the Beautiful People post for July! 

This time, I decided to use my villain from A Question of Honor, Lieutenant Erich Essler. Because these were just the perfect questions for him. And also because of the fact that answering any of these about David would have given away the entire book.
And because Erich is just such a complicated character. I mean, he's bad and evil and horrid, but at the same time... *hugs character* *gets shoved away and threatened* Yeah... see what I mean? :P 

He hates his author. She hates him at times. We're even.

Anyway, join me in taking a trip back to May 1940, just as advancing German infantry breaks past the maginot line in France, and let's get to know one of the many German officers a little better. 

1. Do they want to get married and/or have children? Why or why not?
I think I can safely say Erich has never thought of it. He doesn't have time to think about it, with his unit invading France and all that.

2. What is their weapon of choice? (It doesn’t necessarily have to be a physical weapon.)

Erich's weapon of choice would be the Luger Pistol that he carries in his gun belt. Standard German issue until 1942, it's what has been assigned to all officers in the Wehrmacht

3. What’s the nicest thing they’ve done for someone else, and why did they do it?
Uhh, Erich? Nice? I mean, he can be, but... Probably the nicest thing he's done happened before WWII started, when he would take his younger sister out with him for romps around Vienna. And he did it just because he enjoyed spending time with her. :)

4. Have they ever been physically violent with someone, and what instigated it?

Yeah, a few times. And, well, he's the villain. A Lieutenant in the Wehrmacht and all that.  So...he gets physically violent a few times. And it's normally been because the person he's with has been insubordinate. Well, at least in his eyes.

5. Are they a rule-follower or a rebel?
He's a interesting mix of both. He generally is a rule-follower, but if he sees an opportunity to go above and beyond what he was ordered, he'll take it. Even if it means bending a few regulations in the process.

6. Are they organized or messy?
Meticulously organized. Guys, don't even think of touching his papers. Of his equipment. Or anything else under his sphere of influence, including the people under him.

7. What makes them feel loved, and who was the last person to make them feel that way?

Someone who genuinely truly cares to listen to what he thinks because they truly value his opinion. And... that would have been his mother, in the fall of 1938.

8. What do they eat for breakfast?
Whatever the kitchen staff makes. Eggs, sausage, gravy, coffee. Only the best for the German people. I mean, after all, they are the master race. (Erich's words, not mine!)

9. Have they ever lost someone close to them? What happened?
Umm, this question can't be answered due to possible spoilers. I'll let you wonder. ;)

10. What’s their treat of choice? (Or, if not food, how else do they reward themselves?)
Erich doesn't really reward himself. On rare occasions he'll allow himself to feel pleased with how something turned out, but that's about the extent of it. He still feels he's never quite good enough, despite everything he's accomplished for the Reich. (This guy has a really sad backstory. *sniffs* My poor, horrible, villain.)

And.. that's all for today! I hope your week is coming along splendidly, and I'll see you on Friday!


  1. Great character! I'm intrigued. I kinda feel sad for him too...he needs to reform!!!

    1. Thank you, Olivia! Aww, yes, he does. I hope God gets a hold of him soon! :)

  2. I love this! I must say, I picture Erich no differently after reading this post. Which is just to say you did a GREAT job conveying all of this from the beginning without having to explain everything yet :) I can't wait to learn more about him as I read! The ability to craft a good villain that rips your own heart out takes a special talent. I must say, I don't feel too attached to mine, though I tried to make him somewhat pitiable.

    1. Thanks, Abi!! I'm glad you're looking forward to learning more about him!! Haha, I have never felt attached to any of my villains...until Erich came along. I'm not sure even what it was, but...yeah.
      Ooo, I'm sure your villain is good! Well, good in a bad way. ;)