Character Interview

The other day after updating an interview on a lead female character in a series, I’d written a couple of years back, I received quite the surprise.
Personal questions pertaining to her growth as a person, were foremost on my mind. Not questions any other writer wouldn’t ask. Hey, if she couldn’t answer those questions, then maybe she wasn’t worthy of another book.
Why had she fallen in love with a man she’d known for less than a week, when she was so adamant about never falling in love again? Was she on the rebound? If not, what had made her change her mind? What were her motivations?
What qualities did she see in him, other men she’d known longer, lacked?
Was she sure he was the right man for her? If so, what were her reasons?
Could she accept another woman’s child as her own?
Could she give up her dreams, or would she maintain her own lifestyle while accepting others in her life?
I wanted to delve deep inside her head and heart to satisfy my curiosity, and get on with the next book.
She told me to mind my own business!
Yes.
She did.
Her answer floored me. After all, she wouldn’t even be around if I hadn’t brought her to life.
Would she?
Then she told me she was the one who gave up her story, that I was the vehicle she used to tell it. If there would be more written on her story, I should shape up and stick with the story—not leave her hanging as long as I had.
Now being a nosey writer, all her answers did was spur other questions.
So…who is right here? The writer or the character?

Your comments are certainly going to be interesting reading. 🙂

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About Carol

Carol falls in love with every character she writes in her books. She loves basing them on the good and the bad personalities that make up life. That's what makes them real. Carol feels as though she’s in a movie when visualizing characters and she jumps right onto the page with them. Often the theme of her books is forgiveness. Whether planned or not, forgiveness sneaks its way into her stories. That's okay, because Carol believes forgiving others is essential. She favors a great story, with slices of twists that cause her to reflect on the problems life throws at us and how we react. Carol believes in happy endings. Humor is a big part of her stories and daily routine, and yes, she laughs a lot! Travel is one of her favorite things to do. She dabbles in art, always has popcorn and hot chocolate on hand. Carol is a small-town girl at heart and her stories are peppered with a dose of humor, based on Southern roots. She currently resides in Georgia with her husband and family.
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12 Responses to Character Interview

  1. stephaniequeen says:

    The character is right! (so the writer is right too by default) Sounds like there’s some hard questions to answer ahead!

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  2. E. Ayers says:

    Sometimes we have to just accept some things from our characters. We don’t know every detail of our friends’ love lives. We just accept them. Everyone has secrets. A big dark secret if it were exposed, might just be laughable to another person. Then again it might be frightening. But people hold secrets for whatever reason and so do our characters.

    I took a character to an interview and one of the questions was did I portray him accurately. His answer was no. I made him nicer than he was. I’d left out so much of his anger, frustration, and ignored all the times that he wanted to give up. HUH? I never know anything about any of that when I was writing his story.

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    • monarisk says:

      Interesting answer to Carol’s post, E. It made me think about my heroine in my current WIP. I need to understand her more, have her explain herself better. Thank you Carol and E.

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      • Carol says:

        Mona, the first thing I learned about writing was to write from the heart. Sometimes when the story unfolds, I forget that important lesson and stop interviewing characters. How else can we get inside their heads?

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    • Carol says:

      E., you know, many of my characters are so complex, I fail to fully flesh them out. Not good. I suppose until the character is complete in our heads, his/her story is unfinished. Who knows what could happen if we leave them on the burner a while longer? Smolder those babies! 🙂

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      • E. Ayers says:

        I’ve always thought your characterization was very good. I’ll admit I’ve not read everything you’ve written, but that I have has always been excellent.

        It’s true, Tina has secrets. I just accepted her as a very private person. I doubt the CIA could get past info out of her.

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    • Carol says:

      Lol, E. All the good and bad things really round out our characters. I love it when they talk to us!

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  3. Joan Reeves says:

    Carol, loved the interview. Did you tell your heroine that you’re the one in charge? *g*

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  4. Carol says:

    Thank you, Joan. We writers are in charge aren’t we? Love those characters who care enough to twist things around,

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