What does my character know that I don’t know
February 1, 2016
Couldn’t sleep last night, so I decided to interview Lillian Prestridge, the heroine of my novel, The Mah Jongg Murders.
Pirtle: It is nice having the opportunity to sit down for a chat with you, Lillian. You don’t mind if I call you by your first name, do you?
Lillian: Of course not. After all, you created me, didn’t you?
Pirtle: That’s what I like about you – you are full of questions, aren’t you?
Lillian: I’m a lot like you, don’t you think?
Pirtle: Actually, no, I don’t. I’m curious – why do you think we resemble?
Lillian: You just admitted one similarity, didn’t you?
Pirtle: Can you explain your last statement?
Lillian: Curiosity. Aren’t we both curious and like to solve mysteries?
Pirtle: Yes, I’ll have to grant you that conclusion. What else do we have in common?
Lillian: How many commonalities do you want me to list?
Pirtle: Let’s dispense with the “I ask you a question/you ask me a question” game. Okay?
Lillian: Difficulty not asking questions?
Pirtle: Lillian, shame on you. Incomplete sentences from you? Tsk. Tsk.
Lillian: It’s your fault. You’re writing this blog.
Pirtle: You are so correct. I couldn’t resist. After all, you are a perfectionist, aren’t you?
Lillian: I’ll ignore the fact that you just asked another question and will comment about perfectionism.
Pirtle: What about it?
Lillian: I’m not the one who had her best friend read her first novel to find errors, and when her friend found three typos, the author pulled her book off of Amazon to make corrections and wrote thirty thousand words.
Pirtle: Now, you are getting too personal. Who’s conducting this interview, anyway?
Lillian: You think you are, but I know more about what’s going on right now in Mah Jongg Murders than anyone.
Pirtle: Oh, yeah?
Lillian: Read on, my friend, and you will learn that more murders occur in the revised edition than in the original.
Pirtle: Don’t tell me that.
Lillian: Keep writing. You’ll find out.