Happy Birthday, Paxton Santos!
To celebrate my main characters’ birthdays, I wanted to give you lovely readers some tidbits and insight into who they are, what makes them tick (the good and the bad), and why they’re made for each other. Matchmaking Beyond the Veil is a 107,000 word slow burn MM paranormal romance and is the first book in the Telltale Ghosts series. It features a matchmaking ghost, an uptight realist, an ex-rival-slash-hot-handyman, and forced proximity.
Next up for the birthday bio is Paxton Santos, Emery’s ex-rival from school and his love interest. Paxton is a lot of fun for me to write because we both share the same personality type. He’s big-hearted and laid back and this big goofball that loves to laugh. Some of my favorite lines in the book are his dad jokes.
Birthplace: Boston, MA
Current Location: Boston, MA
Birthday: July 30
Personality Type: ENFP
10 Facts About Paxton Santos:
1. Loves listening to music
He’s always got a playlist on that he sings and dances along to. He listens to a wide variety of genres, everything from lo-fi hip hop jazz to Latino pop to folk to the latest radio hits. He’s easily pleased, as long as a tune has a beat and a melody he can move his body to, he’s happy to listen. Paxton much prefers to have some background sound over total silence because it helps him concentrate.
2. Big sappy romantic
When he is with a partner, he wants to take care of them and spend time together. He’s a fan of adventurous dates and exploring new things together. Paxton will often do sweet things for his partners just because he was thinking of them. He tells his partners what they mean to him through touch and physical closeness, growing even touchier the more he likes someone. He likes spontaneity and once drove with a girl he was dating from his neighborhood to the coastline to watch the sunrise together on a picnic blanket.
3. Habit of moving around
Paxton likes being physical and active. He can’t sit still for long and is usually playing with his hair or tapping his feet, especially when he’s unaware of it. He would rather dive into the action than remain cooped up planning and researching.
4. Dream vacation
Paxton is the type to let life take him unexpected places and he loves when that includes destinations all over the world. He took a trip after high school with his father to Barcelona and fell in love with Spain and getting to see parts of his heritage. His dream vacations go back and forth between revisiting his favorite spots and exploring new adventures. He’d like to hike Machu Picchu and eat his way through the Mediterranean. He’s happy to travel with a big group and go with the flow or set out on his own and make friends as he goes.
5. Too trusting
Because he believes everyone is capable of good, he can be too trusting. Some people find this to be a weakness in him. His trust in others has led to getting hurt in the past. Even so, Paxton remains loyal and steady in his faith in others.
6. Prefers honesty over disingenuity
Paxton lives an honest and genuine life and values the same in others. He knows that’s not how the world works, but he is unimpressed by liars and believes everyone is capable of doing the right thing. Paxton always looks for the good in people. Running his business, he doesn’t like to cheat anyone. His protective nature makes him unafraid of stepping into a situation and saying something when he sees someone being swindled. When he gives his word, he stands by it.
7. Athlete at heart
Paxton has a natural skill for athletics with nimble instincts and great stamina. This served him well in high school at Hardwyck Academy, where he played as the lacrosse team captain alongside Emery. His talent caught the attention of the professional league and was scouted for the Boston Cannons, but an injury shortly before his debut on the team ended his contract early. This blow left him floundering for a purpose in life at a time when he thought he had everything planned for his future with his engagement to his girlfriend and his professional athletic career. When he helped out with the family business while in college, he found a new purpose and a love of working with his hands. That experience taught him that it’s okay to start over when plans fall apart and that there’s always a way to find a new path.
8. Wants a family
Paxton grew up surrounded by family and friends and it filled him with joy. He wants to be able to pass on his favorite family traditions to his own family and create new memories like his favorite ones growing up of big celebrations of life and love. He wants to have that with a partner and continue to grow his family. He imagines getting everyone in the kitchen, playing music, dancing around while they cook together and tell stories, and hugging his family close.
9. Imaginative and kind
As a kid, his middle sister Sonia wanted to go to Disney World, but they were unable to during summer break. Paxton made her cover her eyes and sit inside while he turned the backyard into an imaginative landscape. When he let her come out, he proudly showed off the Slip-N-Slide he turned into “Splash Mountain” and the saucer toy for their baby sister he used to make the teacups. One of his fondest memories is of that summer, where he and Sonia spent day after day playing in his version of backyard Disney World. He’s always put others before himself and enjoys making people smile.
10. Came out as bisexual at 16
Paxton lets his heart lead him and when he wanted to be around one of his friends all the time, more than usual and felt flustered around him, Paxton started to notice how often he looked at boys as well as girls. When he nervously searched online for advice about what was happening to him, an anonymous question site took him down a rabbit hole. When he read about other people who were like him, it was a revelation. His younger sister Sonia was the first person he told. He worried about how his parents and the rest of his family would react, but when he did come out to his mother, she cried and hugged him and told him how much she would always love him. Paxton prefers not to make his sexuality the only facet of who he is, but he doesn’t hide it either, especially after college when he learned to grow more comfortable with who he is. He always wanted to attend the Boston Pride parade, but he’s never gone, struggling to feel included and seen. As an adult, he’s come more to terms with this in knowing that the people in his life love and support him and that nothing could make him less than he is. His big bisexual mood is being overwhelmed by how great men and women are and getting flustered by it.