how I tune out my children

My informative, non-whiny post is over at the passionate prose blog.

other news:

1. I take back the other prize and award Theresa Meyers with the 2007 Professional Writers Response to Adversity. Maybe she can put that one on her resume?

2. I started a fire (in the fireplace) because I will not turn on the heat, dammit.

3. No, no! Stop sending me emails. You can't make me interview my characters in public.


  1. Okay, so send your characters along to me and I'll interview them for you.

    Seriously, it's not nearly as fun as I thought it would be--I've interviewed several characters now--and it's way easier to do when the character's the star of their own series.

  2. Thanks, Kate!

    Let's hope a new publisher feels the same way and buys the book that was dropped.

    On the side note, interviewing characters is a lot easier when you think of yourself as a journalist interviewing them and the kinds of questions that they'd ask.

    For instance, instead of "Where did you grow up?" ask something that draws more than a one-word answer and gives you more insight into the character like "What did you like best about where you grew up? What did you hate most and why?"

    I had one character tell me her dream was to have a small private island with serving men in small togas! (Never would have thought that of her...)

  3. Dang, Theresa, love that character's dream.

    I do interview characters--I have since I was forced to in a high school creative writing class. But most of the stuff that comes out is basically uninteresting. It's back-story that is kind of like seeing the wires and supports of the backstage of a play. . . If it is interesting enough, then it gets woven into the story.

    No small togas on an island so far (I really do love that)

    May it's true I'd love to interview someone else's character. At least after I've read the book and care about them.


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