1. - AP - Do your characters speak to you?
Kathleen - All the time; usually when I’m alone, jogging, hiking, sweeping off the patio. Sometimes they even wake me up in the middle of the night, which can be sort of annoying since I’m not a very good sleeper.
2. AP - What is the funniest thing you have heard from one of your characters?
Kathleen - My character, Ruth Echland, from my Sydney Lockhart Mystery series is the one who keeps me in stitches. I never know what the crazy woman will say. In Murder at the Driskill, the book I’m working on now, Sydney tells Ruth to be circumspect when talking to a suspect. Ruth says, “Don’t worry. Circumcised is my middle name.” She often confuses words, which is always good for a laugh. Most people think she’s a ditsy blonde, but I think Ruth knows exactly what she’s saying. She just likes to annoy Sydney, and Sydney falls for it every time.
3. AP - What is the most memorable thing one has said?
Kathleen - I like how Sydney’s boyfriend, Dixon, responds to her. In Murder at the Galvez, Dixon refers to Sydney as his girlfriend. Here’s the exchange that takes place between them.
“When did I become you girlfriend?” I asked as we stood across the street from the police station.
“When we were standing over the body of Ellison James sprawled in your bathtub at the Arlington Hotel.” Dixon inhaled and passed me his cigarette.
“We hadn’t yet been introduced.”
“That sort of experience needs no introduction.”
“As far as you knew, I could have been married and the dead guy could have been my husband.”
“You weren’t wearing a ring, and neither was he.”
“Boyfriend and girlfriend then?”
“You were too classy for the likes of him.”
“And you could tell that even though he was not wearing any clothes?”
“It was his hair. You wouldn’t date a guy with a pompadour.”
4. AP - Who is your favorite character?
Kathleen - As far as the usual characters that appear in the books, I don’t really have a favorite. However, of all the characters that appeared in just one book, there are several I like a lot. For instance, in Murder at the Luther, there’s a guy named Ramsey Strump. He’s an alcoholic surveyor who kidnaps Sydney and Ruth at gunpoint. He’s harmless, though. He even allowed Sydney to talk him into wearing a kilt. In Murder at the Driskill, there’s a young girl named Lydia LeBeau, whom I just love. She ten going on thirty, and she smarter than Sydney and always one step ahead of her. I like Lydia so much I’m thinking of giving her her own series one day. As if I didn’t have enough to write already.
5. AP - Who is your least favorite character?
Kathleen - I don’t really have a least favorite. Even the bad guys are likeable in their own way, well, all except Lynol Fogmore, the corrupt police chief in Murder at the Luther. His wife, Emma, can barely tolerate him.
6. AP - Characteristics that you admire in a character?
Kathleen - I like strong, independent female characters. I use them as my role models.
7. AP - Pet peeves about a character?
Kathleen - I don’t think I have any pet peeves about a character, but Sydney certainly does. Her mother, Mary Lou, and her brother, Scott, drive Sydney mad. Mary Lou is flighty, bossy, and unpredictable. She’s never satisfied with what Sydney does and is always giving her grief. Scott is simply a whiny baby.
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Do your characters speak to you?
Author - Jared McVay
AP - Do your characters speak to you?
Jared - constantly
AP - What is the funniest thing you have heard from one of your characters?
Jared - How come I have to be second banana?
AP - What is the most memorable thing one has said?
Jared - Harry Abram, in, The Legend of Joe, Willy & Red: "If you're a benevolent god, please let these three men in. They're good men who became victims of this crazy depression. or Elijah standing next to the grave of his wife, from, Hacker's Raid: "Even with all the dumb things I did and the way I treated folks, you still stood by me. There'll never be another woman like you and I'm gonna miss you somethin' awful.
AP - Who is your favorite character?
Jared - Randal Owen Hudstedler: Even though he is only ten years old, he's not afraid to face life head on and accept its challenges
AP - Who is your least favorite character?
Jared - The prison warden in my book, Hacker's Raid
AP - Characteristics that you admire in a character?
Jared - Honesty about themselves
AP - Pet peeves about a character?
Jared - Big egos
Jared McVay: I've been called, a lover, a fighter, and a wild bull rider - but in all honesty, I'm just a guy from Kansas who believes in seeing what life has to offer and then, go after it - which leaves me with lots of stories to tell. You never get too old to take up a new challenge.
I joined 750words.com. This is a beginning of a new writing test for me. What does that mean? Practice. 750 words a day? Wow! That sounds like a lot. I am not sure I say that many words in a conversation? But writing 750 words? A Day? Really? I know, most writers, write thousands of words a day.
About five years ago, a friend turned me onto the Artists Way book. I bought it. I read it. I even did a lot of the exercises. I found the morning pages to be the hardest. To get up and do a brain dump, before I was even fully awake? It was a little on the impossible side for someone like me.
I have been an avid reader for thirty plus years, mostly romance (yes romance) and romance thrillers. About two years ago I fell into the business of working with authors and converting their books to ebooks. What a great marriage for someone like me. I get to work with great authors and I get to read.
One of our authors, is a well-known published romance writer. We started by converting all of her books to ebooks and designing new covers. The story of how and when she got started in writing books is a fascinating story and was a huge inspiration to someone like me. You see, I have always wanted to write, but I was afraid. After listening to her, I decided to take the plunge, so I have started writing my first book.
But, Oh My God - No one tells you how much work writing is. Nor, do they tell you how long it takes. Writing should come with a warning label - MAY TAKE THE REST OF YOUR LIFE TO DO THIS.
The best advice I have received regarding writing is from a retired editor. She told me to just write - we can always fix it later. The freedom I felt from that advice was so liberating. Then after talking to other authors and learning that they write, then rewrite, then rewrite again, and again, and again, well, you can now see why it takes so long.
Since, I’ve started writing, I have joined some writer's groups and I have taken classes. My writing is starting to improve. Technically I still am a little writing-challenged, but I am working on it.
Fiction writing comes easier for me, then business writing, or even journaling - after all that is what I read - Fiction. But I am learning. I have a bIog I call, Express Myself - Ramblings of organized (or disorganized) thoughts and ideas. It is fun to have a place that you can just talk, or in this case write, about whatever you want. Just let it loose.
So, 750 words? Here is a toast to the first day, the first 750 words and hopefully a new beginning to a new way to brain dump and be creative. And for you authors that write thousands of words a day - Good Job. You are an inspiration to us all!
The Author in all of us
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