~BASICS~Vera-May Julliette Chartridge-Rhoades
: pen-name: Jules V. MayCharacter's Birthdate and Age:
64Place of Birth
: Louisiana somewhere...Current Residence
: 'Rose Gables', Rhoades Plantation, outside New BrookOccupation
: Author, famous under her pen name for a series of Prohibition-set Crime fiction with a female lead detective, Amelie.Education
: Governess to the age of 8, then two boarding schools in England until the age of 18. Hobbies
: Writing is both her profession and her love. She reads several books a week and also paints watercolour, although not particularly well. She plays bridge once a week and is involved in various charities locally, for appearances more than any great desire to do good.
: Naturally a light brown, she has dyed it a honey blonde for longer than she can remember. These days it's turning more of an ash blonde to give the impression that she's aging gracefully. It hangs neatly between her jawline and shoulders, styled by professionals regularly and turns in slightly at the ends towards her neck. One hair out of place would be a disgrace.Eyes
: A steely grey-brown, still as sharp as ever. She wears reading glasses when she reads and writes, but tries to avoid them being seen in public.Height
: 5'6 although rarely seen out of heels.Physical Description
: Vera-May is a precise woman whose reputation is cemented in her appearance. Her education seemed rooted in poise and maintaining a slightly disinterested smile at all times, something which has never left her. She practices yoga and tai chi regularly to maintain a perfect figure, and what exercise doesn't cover, surgery, botox and spandex hidden beneath well-fitted clothes does. Her make-up could have been arranged by a professional and her hair and nails are always freshly done. Any wrinkles on her aging face have been smoothed by the best cosmetic surgeons that money can buy and she refrains from any activities which might crease or muss the perfection, such as smiling and laughing. Distinguishing Features
: A scar on her abdomen, never seen. It's been neatly stitched and has long since healed, but the deep purple scar remains. It is perhaps the right place for an appendix removal, but far too crass and irregular to be the work of a surgeon.Character Model
: Cate Blanchett?
- Far more deep-rooted than selfish, this is a honed instinct to look out for number one, no matter the costs. She may be aging and not as strong as she once was, but she has a sharp mind, a sharper tongue and the ability to bend her morals to suit her needs.Elitist
- Vera-May is a firm believer in the class system. That is, that she has class and the rest of society are plebs to be used. She is 'traditional' in her belief that everyone has their place, which includes 'colored people' working in physical employment or service. She had several black servants growing up and was rather fond of a few of them, in the same way one might treat a loyal and well-behaved pet. She doesn't associate with people who are below her, which leaves her circle of acquaintances rather small.Intelligent
- Vera-May is sharp and calculating. A cool distance allows her to approach things logically, not swayed by the weakness of the heart. She has consumed a wealth of knowledge over the years and although she is not quite as quick as she was in her prime, generally she is still sharp with a dark wit.Introverted
- Her lack of friends isn't just down to social divides - Vera-May simply prefers to be left alone. Since the scandalous divorce, she has largely kept to herself, only making professional appearances or attending charity events when it's expected of her. Even at these events, she is distant and detached, never disclosing much about herself, always playing a role and maintaining a very private life.History
+ born Vera-May Julliette Chartridge to wealthy Chartridge family. Father owned successful publishing company. Loved to read. Only child. Very bright. Cook/Housekeeper/Maid always around. Governess. No real friends, just a few organised playdates with children much older than her. One person Michael Vincent Rhoades - twelve years older than her. She found him lacking in intelligence.
+ shipped off to England to her mother's old boarding school. Slow to fit in, felt homesick and cried a lot the first term. Eventually made two close friends and settled into life there.
+ Wanted to apply for Oxford University. Parents insisted that she return to 'aid the family business'. Believing that she was going to be primed to inherit the publishing firm, she returned. Instead found her parents planned to convince her to marry Michael Rhoades. She argued for days with them, eventually they threatened to disown her, so she married Michael.
+ Michael was verbally abusive and distant. Sex on the honeymoon was a disaster and Vera-May made sure that she was drunk or high on prescription medicines before retiring to bed with her husband. She began to write as an escape. Not wanting to admit to her father that she was writing, she invented the penname using her middle name and sent her novella manuscript to another publisher. It was published over the course of four issues of a popular gentlemen's magazine and she signed a contract with the publishing firm for a full-length novel.
+ Her writing became her life and an excuse to spend even less time with Michael. He had affairs, as did she. Both of them neatly avoided the subject and pretended to be a happy couple when in public.
+ His abuse began to get physical. When drunk, he stabbed her with a letter-opener, cutting an ugly gauge in her abdomen. She was rushed to hospital and patched up. Her family wanted her to keep the whole thing secret. She agreed, but plotted her own revenge. She sent anonymous photographs and letters to several newspapers, exposing Michael's affairs and dealings with prostitutes. His reputation was ruined, there was a hasty divorce with a sizeable settlement, including the Rhoades family home and surrounding land which Michael was now all-too-happy to escape, and he disappeared off to Europe. She played the innocent and wronged wife for a little while and then retreated into her shell, enjoying the privacy of her own space. When her parents died, she made a deal with her publishers, merging the two companies and maintaining a large amount of shares as well as a regular income.Family
Father & Mother both dead
Michael Vincent Rhoades - off living a playboy life on a yacht somewhere in Europe.Connections
Her agent/publishing contact?Likes
: (Non Sexual)Dislikes
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: ("none" is not an option)Worst Memory(ies)
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things to think about - does she have a softspot/weakness. everyone has their buttons...
how widely known are her books. do people now know she is Jules? they must do surely, public events etc.
probably knows how to handle a gun and shoots furry things occasionally for funsies.
tum de dum.