Return to WIPpet Wednesday

Hi all.  No, I’m not dead.  I’m back!  I started a job, then quit it.  You can read about that here.  But anyway, I’m here once again for WIPpet Wednesday which I’m really pleased about.

I’ve done something different for this week’s WIPpet.  Seeing as I haven’t done any proper writing for absolutely AGES, I thought I’d do what a couple of my beta readers of Reunion of the Heart suggested, and write an interview with one of my characters.

They felt if I did it would give me a greater insight into her personality and make her a bit more… 3D!

She’s a lesser character in the story, but still important.  When my MC Anna was at school with her, she felt betrayed by Rachel when Rachel decided to side with their mutual friend Lizzie in an issue concerning a boy.  I should say that this WIPpet doesn’t have anything to do with today’s date and it’s quite long.  I’m grateful to you all for taking a look. 🙂  Here it is:

Me:  Hi Rachel.  Thanks for agreeing to this interview.  It’s great to finally meet you.  I wasn’t even sure what you looked like, not having a photo of you.

Rachel:  Thank you.  I must say I was looking forward to meeting you too.  Anna has told me a great deal about you.  She says it’s thanks to you that she’s happy in her life.  The way you directed things… well she says you’re just the best author of her story she could have hoped for.

Me: Aw thank you, that’s sweet.  Anyway, I haven’t got long for this interview as I’ve got another appointment soon, so we’d better crack on.  I’m just gonna cut to the chase:  Why exactly did you side with Lizzie at school when Anna was having such a hard time?

R: (taken aback) That’s a bit below the belt don’t you think?  And didn’t you explain my motivations in the story? (folds her arms indignantly)

Me: Not entirely no.  I just wrote that you told Anna and Melissa you’d been friends with Lizzie for a lot longer than with them and so you wanted to be loyal to Lizzie.

R: (closes eyes and leans back in chair) Isn’t that enough information for you?

Me: Look, I just want to hear your side of the story properly.  I want to understand you better as a person.  You are an important character to me after all.

R: (opens eyes, leans forward, nods) OK.  But it’s complicated.  (sighs)  I didn’t join Mayfield Secondary until I was 13.

Me:  Really?  I didn’t know that.

R:  I’m not sure Anna and Melissa know.  I can’t remember if I told them.  It was a long time ago, so they may never have found out.  The reason I moved school is because I was being bullied at my old school.  I had a hellish time – I was so miserable I ended up being suicidal.  The one person who stopped me from topping myself was Lizzie.  I’d known her for years.  We’d been friends since primary.  But then when I went to secondary, I managed to get a scholarship to a school called Grove Grammar.  Lizzie went to Mayfield so we ended up seeing each other only at the weekends.

Me: That must have been a tough time for you.

R: Tell me about it.  Like I said, it made me want to end it all.  And I was only 13.  So anyway, when my parents sent me to Mayfield, things began to get better for me.  People were friendly, and of course I got to hang out with Lizzie again.  I began to feel like a normal person.  (pauses) It’s such a shame that Matt and Will were so cruel to Anna.  They really singled her out for harsh treatment; I’m not sure why.

Me: Maybe they were trying to get her attention?  Perhaps they liked her?

R: (smiles wryly) You’re the author, you should know.

Me: True, but I’d like to hear what you think.

R: I honestly don’t know.  If they did like her, they had a funny way of showing it.  Anyway, I thrived at Mayfield.  I got good grades in the exams; I got on well with everyone.  Getting to know Anna and Melissa was like the icing on the cake.  And then it went sour.  Lizzie fell for Matt, I’m not sure why, and it put the kibosh on our friendship with Anna and Melissa.

Me: So why exactly did you side with Lizzie?

R: (annoyed) You’re really pushing this, aren’t you?  Like I said, Lizzie had been very good to me.  She was my best friend and she’d stuck by me my whole life.  I wasn’t about to give up that friendship in a hurry. (pauses) Having said that, I do regret my decision.  Anna was my friend too and she was going through hell.  I should have been there for her. (clears throat) And there was another factor.

Me: What?

R: I didn’t have enough confidence in myself to do the right thing.  I was a coward, so I sided with Lizzie and let go of my friendship with Anna and Melissa.  I’ll always regret that.

Me: I think you’re being a bit hard on yourself.  School is a hard time for everyone.  You’re friends with Anna and Melissa again.  Anna’s forgiven you, hasn’t she?  So maybe it’s time to forgive yourself for what happened.

R: (stares at the table, twisting the ring on her finger and nods) You’re right.  (looks up) What else would you like to know about me?

Me: Just what your life is like now, if you’re happy?

R: (nods) Yes, I’m very happy.  I have a new boyfriend called Oz and he’s fantastic.  I see Lizzie, Anna and Melissa all the time.  We’re going to go to Rome together in the New Year.  I’m really looking forward to that.  Things are great.

Me: Oh, I’m so pleased to hear that.  That’s such good news.  Well I think we’d end it there.  I mustn’t be late for my dentist’s appointment.

R: Dentist’s appointment?  Poor you, sounds bad.

Me: (shrugs) Should be fine.  Anyway, hope to see you again soon.

R: Yes, I hope so too.

As always I’m grateful for your comments.  If you would like to take part in the Wonderful World of WIPpet Wednesday, all you have to do is post some of your writing on your blog.  Really it should relate in some way to today’s date –  I cheated in that respect!

Once you’ve done that, post your link here.  Thanks once again to K. L. Schwengel for hosting. 😀

 

 

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21 thoughts on “Return to WIPpet Wednesday

  1. I also love a character interview. Great insight on Rachel. Loved this answer: “I didn’t have enough confidence in myself to do the right thing.” So true of many of us!

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  2. I love character interviews! I think it’s interesting that you chose a lesser character rather than a main one. That makes it more interesting. And of course, now I can’t wait to read the whole book.

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  3. This was highly amusing to read! You might be omniscient because you’re the author but that doesn’t mean you know everything! =P Thanks for sharing. Sorry about the job…I’m going through something similar at my new job. =(

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    • Thanks very much Adrian, good to have your thoughts as always. I hope things look up for you with your job. It can be so tough, as I’ve been discovering, to find a job that’s really right for you and what you want. But all we can do is keep trying and hope that a better deal comes up. 🙂

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    • Hi Kate, glad you like it. 🙂 Yes, I think it did help. I’d always seen her as being a bit shy and retiring, sort of like Anna but maybe even a bit more introverted than Anna. It was interesting to flesh out her character a bit more. Hope all is well with you and your boys. x

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    • Thank you Chloe! I’m glad you could get a sense of my character’s personality through this interview. I have to say I’ve never done a character interview before, but I’m definitely going to do more now. They’re great fun! 🙂

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  4. This sounds like it was a lot of fun to do, Elaine. Kind of a getting to know each other moment… because it looks as if both you and Rachel think/thought you knew things about each other that you discovered you didn’t. Like… the author doesn’t always know it all. 😀

    Glad you’re back for the WIPpet Wednesdays, even if it means the new job didn’t work out. You’re a braver soul than I was at my last job… it took crashing our car into a tree and the sheer relief I felt at getting fired for me to realize I should have quit sooner.

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    • It was fun to do. And the author definitely doesn’t know it all – I’m constantly finding out things about my characters that I didn’t know.

      Glad you can appreciate my experience with turning the job down. It’s interesting that so many people have said similar things to me about jobs when I tell them about what happened, that they just should’ve quit sooner and/or they didn’t enjoy it from early on. I find it very encouraging that I’m not the only one!

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  5. Famous last words…You’re the author, you should know. Very funny, Rachel. Very funny. I always did like a character with a sense of humor.

    So, how hard did you find doing this? I’m terrible at coming up with interview questions for my own characters. I can’t seem to get into their skin unless someone else is doing the asking.

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    • Yes, her wit is a little biting! I think she’s a little ****ed off by all the questions about why she sided with Lizzie. Actually I found it relatively easy doing this interview. But I wasn’t sure how you would all respond, so having people say they like it is great.

      And of course I get to know my character better. I’m gonna do another one soon, so watch this space! 🙂

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