I've never made an FMA character before (it's too sacred! I could never create an OC worthy of the wonder and glory that is FMA! *bowage*) but hey, there's a first for everything!
Name: Christopher (or "Chris" for short)
Current age: 26
Title/Alias: "Andrew Andante"
Background: Chris was born and raised in Rush Valley. He lived with his parents (both very skilled automail engineers), his fiesty little sister Janie and his wise old grandma Beatrice, a professional counselor who has a knack for gardening and playing the piano.
He grew up under a lot of pressure from his parents. They always expected him to inherit their talents in automail and take on the family business, and were dismayed when he showed no aptitude for it and took to music and writing instead - especially his dad. Chris tried hard to please his parents and get better with automail, but all efforts were disasterous. His grandmother quickly noticed his creative talents and took him under her wing, telling him that everyone has their own strengths and weaknesses and encouraging him to nurture his own gifts and find his own dreams. Little Janie also adored him. Though she was the one with the automail skills and their parents' favorite, she was fiercly loyal to him and always took his side in a fight, and the two of them always stuck together.
As soon as Chris turned 18, he left home to find a life in Central...and his sister ran away with him, though he didn't know until it was too late to send her back. They decided to live together as flatmates. Life was hard and money was scarce for a while. Janie would look for odd jobs while Chris would try and sell his writing wherever he could, but they often went hungry. Things finally took a turn for the better when two year later, he got his first real novel published under the penname "Andrew Andante". Sales were slow at first, but by the time he turned 23, his book had gathered quite a following and risen to the best-sellers list. By age 26, his stories had become overwhelmingly popular and "Andrew Andante" had earned wide fame and critical acclaim. He used a lot of his money to help Janie start her own automail shop in Central.
Story: In the midst of all this success, Chris becomes aquainted with a mousy, book-loving, bespecticaled young woman named Sheska - who happens to be a HUGE fan of his books. Because he likes her so much and doesn't want his fame to influence her perception of him, he decides to keep his author identity a secret from her for a while. (Janie loves to tease him about "crushing on the bookworm".) The two become fast friends, and much to Janie's delight, they eventually fall in love. Years later, he gets inspired to write a novel based on the life of Edward Elric, the former "Fullmetal Alchemist" and hero of the people. It becomes his greatest masterpiece yet.
Personality: Quiet, intelligent, compassionate, hard-working and keenly observant. Though not particularly "anti-social", he distances himself from the world and mostly keeps to himself, and his friends are few but true. He's very perceptive and good at "reading" people, and he has a knack for noticing little details that others don't see. He smiles at strangers, goes for walks on rainy days, loves to surprise people and make others happy. He can play a little piano, thanks to his grandma, but he's much better at singing and has a lovely, smooth, tenor voice. On the flip side, he's a procrastinator and often has his head in the clouds, preferring his fiction over real life. He tends to live in the moment rather than planning ahead or thinking about the future. He also struggles with low self-esteem, due to his strained relationship with his parents, and sometimes tries too hard to gain approval from people. Though he loves angst and drama in stories, he hates it in real life and will do anything to avoid conflict or patch up an argument.
Appearance: slim, but strong; has a tall, wiry build and slender fingers. Sort of the opposite of his rosy, blue-eyed, strawberry-blond sister, he has milky skin, dark curly hair and piercing gray eyes. He doesn't really care what he wears as long as it's neat and comfortable, but you'll never see him without his notebook and his lucky pencil.