As a writer, I get all sorts of questions tossed at me. Some of them are what I call repeaters, questions that get asked a lot. For those, I have my prepared answers down pat. Some questions are downright funny–people wanting to understand the strange mechanics of how a writer’s mind works. I usually just make up an answer for those, because please, I don’t understand how my mind works, either.
However, no matter what category those questions fall into, most of the time, I still love being asked. Why? First, because curiosity generally means interest and interest could result in book sales, and second . . . I love a good laugh.
So just for grins, and laughs, let me share some of those questions. I’ll also share my answers. And okay, because you are who you are, I’m going to go one step further and even give you the truth.
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Question: Do you ever take your characters with you when you go places? (I’ve been asked that one more than once?)
Answer: Of course, I do. But I insist that they pay their own way, unless I have a buy-one-get-one-free coupon.
Truth: I usually just stick them in my purse, and don’t feed them and sneak them into places without buying them a ticket. But seriously, at times, say when I’m out shopping, I will stop and think: Would Miranda wear that outfit? I’ll conjure her up in my mind and together we’ll shop for an outfit she’s going to wear in my next scene.
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Question: When you hear your characters talking to you, how do you know that it’s just creativity and not that you really are crazy?
Answer: Does it really have to be one or the other?
Truth: Anyone who sits around all day and spends hours envisioning and writing about the lives of their characters, along with making facial expressions in the mirror so she can describe them, has to be a little bit bonkers. I’m okay with that.
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Question: Is your husband jealous of your heroes? (This answer has variations.)
Answer if Hubby isn’t present when question is asked: “Of course, he’s jealous. My heroes are so hot, he knows he can’t compete.”
Answer if Hubby is present: “Jealous? Why? He knows I pattern all my heroes after him.”
Truth: Just as there is a little of myself in each of my heroines, there really is a bit of my husband in all my heroes.
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Question: What do you do when your characters misbehave?
Answer: I call the fiction police to arrest them and put them in solitary confinement.
Truth: I generally sit back and enjoy it. Generally speaking when characters start acting out, those are the best scenes.
Now it’s your turn. Do you have any crazy (or not so crazy) questions for me?