M is for Max

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On Wednesday (J!) I blogged about my girl Jillian, protagonist from my WiP, Cross My Heart. Today, I’d love to introduce you to her adorable neighbor, one-time best friend, and greatest frustration: Max Holden.

Max is the baby of his family, and his three older sisters never let him forget it. He loves football, classic country music, and cheap beer. He’s a straight-shooter, super energetic, and forever impulsive. One of his favorite pastimes? Making Jillian blush. Max is all kinds of fun — the life of every party — and that’s exactly why you’d never guess how much the challenges at home wear him down.

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Meet Max…

Where he sleeps…

Where he lives

Johnny Cash Men's Canvas Strap Watch
What he loves…

What he dreams of…

How he jokes…

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Where he unwinds…

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What he learns…

Oh, Max, how I ♥ you!

Tell me: What one quality is a must in your ideal significant other?


28 thoughts on “M is for Max

  1. Li @Flash Fiction says:

    He’s exactly the kind of guy I mooned over in high school 🙂 The most necessary quality for me in a guy is that he not be judgmental. I want someone that I feel absolutely safe with, and never have to feel embarrassed or frightened to tell him something, whether its dreams, secrets, or weird habits!

    • katyupperman says:

      Great quality, Lisa! If you can’t feel safe with your significant other, than I imagine the relationship wouldn’t go very far. Thanks for dropping by, and I look forward to checking out your blog. 🙂

  2. Jaime Morrow says:

    Wow, Max sounds really interesting (in a good way, and not in a ‘I don’t know what else to say’ way). I especially like your celeb inspiration for him–I really liked him in Terra Nova 🙂 But mostly I just love the idea of a guy who seems one way, but has so much depth and heartache underneath. Very compelling stuff 🙂

  3. Elodie says:

    Very nice meeting you, Max 😀 and Katy, wow, talk about someone swoon-worthy: the fun, cocky and hot guy who has many more layers than the ones we can see…and I love the fact that he loves to make Jillian blush (maybe cos´ that one reminds me of my hubby).
    One of the reasons I am so in love with my significant other is because he has a golden heart, he is cocky and driven and funny and loud and opinionated but underneath it all he is a big teddy bear 😀

    • katyupperman says:

      Our husbands sound like they have some qualities in common, Elodie. Mine is also funny and loud and opinionated, but super-sweet on top of it all. I think we’re lucky girls!

  4. Rachel says:

    Katy, when I saw on my blogger list that you had updated with Max I literally started to shout Max! Max! Max! and do a dance. LOL. I liked meeting him here and again I offer my beta services if you need any. 🙂 I love that he likes Johnny Cash – a bit different than most guys these days, and that his humor sounds right up my alley. Again, Katy, best of luck with the rewrite and let me know if you need a 50000th beta reader.

    • katyupperman says:

      Thanks again for your offer, Rachel. I really might have to take you up on it in a few months when this baby is (hopefully) ready to see the light of day. And yes, Max loves Johnny Cash, mostly because I do. 🙂

  5. Taryn says:

    So I’ve decided you’re the next Stephanie Perkins. I’ve also decided I’m staying far far far away from Max because he reminds me a lot of a Boy with whom things ended in disaster (well, they didn’t really end. There was no conclusion) last month. Funny part: that Boy is such a unique character, I was thinking no one could ever, ever write him, and then all of a sudden I see this, and it’s like that is Boy. But of course, I could be way off, since a few pictures isn’t exactly the whole novel. Anyway, Max sounds wonderful and those pictures are definitely wonderful 🙂

    • katyupperman says:

      Okay, your first sentence is, like, the greatest compliment EVER! Definitely something to strive for. 🙂 And if the Boy is anything like Max, I can see why you were smitten. ❤

  6. Yahong says:

    Tehehe, I can’t say I would enjoy a boy who was always trying to make me blush (it’s uncomfortable! Your face gets all hot, and then you never can tell if you’ve stopped blushing yet), but I love the photos you chose! What a way to get insight into a character’s life. 🙂

    As for a trait in a significant other… hmm. I think I’ll get back to you on that in, oh, five years or so. 😉

  7. Erin Bowman (@erin_bowman) says:

    OH MY GOSH. Seriously, Katy. When can I meet this boy in print. I need this BOOOOK. The more you blog about it, the more I want to read every last word. Love this post and the glimpse into Max’s life 🙂

  8. elschneider says:

    So when will Cross My Heart be out? 🙂 I loved your post on Jillian earlier this week – and well, Max, he doesn’t disappoint! Johnny Cash, UW football – and that t-shirt…yeah, you’ve got me!
    And the quality in my significant other that is a must? Definitely humor. When all else fails, this is what gets me through my day…hands down. My husband makes me laugh like none other and this of course, translates into the boys in my writing!
    Great post, Katy – hope you’re out and about enjoying some of this sunshine (FINALLY!!!).

    • katyupperman says:

      Humor is huge for me too, Erin! My husband’s constant sense of fun and silliness finds its way into my fictional boys as well. I’m so thankful to have him as inspiration!

  9. Sara McClung says:

    MAX! Oh man, I think I’m in love. I’m… trying to think of something more eloquent to say, but the sixteen-year-old in me is too busy crushing on the boy you created.

    In my own significant other? Humor was most important to me–and thank goodness, because my husband is so silly. 🙂

  10. Sophia Richardson says:

    Meet Max? I’d certainly like to…

    Just *one* quality? Mean! I’m torn between humour and intellectual curiosity. Hmm, would I rather have someone to laugh with or talk to? I guess I’d choose humour, but can I please have both?

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