Monday, April 10, 2017

Here There Be Dragons #BookDreams #BrainstoBooks Anthology #CharacterInterview

Please welcome my short story character, Mel, for our interview today.

Tyrean: How are you doing Mel?

Mel: I could have been better if you hadn't stuck me in a dragon story.

Tyrean: Sorry. I thought you would do well in any circumstances.

Mel: Sure. A simple country girl like me?

Tyrean: Simple? I thought you were a reclamation specialist?

Mel: That's the name that Gavin came up with for us. It's not how I would introduce us.

Tyrean: So, how would you introduce your team?

Mel: I wouldn't. I'd just steal something.

Tyrean: Wait, where did my favorite tea mug go?

Mel: Exactly. If you want it back, you could pay me.

Tyrean: What if I wrote you into a new story?

Mel: (Snorts) Yeah, right, like you have time for another project. I've heard how you pick up characters, write some stories about them, and string them along with promises of a novel or a better story. I won't be so easily taken.

Tyrean: You're my character.

Mel: (Rolls her eyes) I suppose. The question is: how much will you give me for your pink mug with the pixie on it?

Tyrean: I'll write you a new story. I'll even .... make sure you get the credit in the next one.

Mel: What? I don't want the credit. I really don't even want to be interviewed. If Gavin wasn't already busy at the tavern, getting the patrons interested in our work with his foolish stories, I wouldn't be here.

Tyrean: Hmm. Let's see. What if you rescued a prince?

Mel: Ick. No way! I left my village so I wouldn't be partnered off. Here ... just take your tea mug back and forget all about me.

Tyrean: If you give me the tea mug, I won't marry you off to a prince.

Mel: Deal. Just ... don't forget it. You made me good with knives, remember.

Tyrean: I'll watch for paper cuts.

Mel stalks off, saying unladylike things.

And now you know the kinds of relationships I have with my characters in "Here There Be Dragons. For more about Mel and her sword-partner Gavin (not a romantic partner, according to Mel), read "Here There Be Dragons" in Book Dreams, a Brain to Books Anthology.


M.J. Fifield said...

"You made me good with knives, remember." <---Love it. And makes me realize that many of my own characters are good with knives, and that I should probably be more aware of that more often. :)

Great interview. Lots of fun!

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

What!! I was already shipping her with Gavin. Now I have to wait until it comes out so I can read it again and see if I'm right about that. Who needs a prince?

krystal jane said...

That's funny. I'm also already shipping her and Gavin. He likes to tell stories! They seem perfectly matched to me. :P I never interview my characters. I really, really should. Looks like fun. My characters love me so I imagine there would be a ton of gushing about me on their part. LOL! ^_^

Tyrean Martinson said...

MJ - I know. I don't often think of my characters as sharpening their blades against me ... but it might happen.

Susan - well, I'll keep that in mind. She may run across a prince, whether she likes it or not. Gavin has been her friend since childhood ... so she finds his sudden interest a bit annoying.

Krystal - good to know. I love your thoughts on Gavin's storytelling. :)
It is fun to interview characters - especially the ones with attitude.

cleemckenzie said...

Characters can be so testy at times!

Ruth Schiffmann said...

Hah! Love the humor in this. Great character interview =)

Tyrean Martinson said...

C Lee - Yes, they can. :)

Ruth - Thank you!

Sarah Foster said...

Oh good, so it's not just me who has these kinds of conversations with my characters! Usually their threats don't amount to much so I wouldn't worry about those knives :)

CWMartin said...

Now that was clever!

Tyrean Martinson said...

Sarah - it's definitely not just you. :)

CW - Thanks!

L. Diane Wolfe said...

Go ahead and pair her off with someone. I want to see the reaction.

Natalie Aguirre said...

Fun interview. I loved the banter like you're friends and are comfortable with each other.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Diane! I love your thoughts on this.

Natalie - Thank you! I had a writing teacher who had her students either interview our characters or have our characters write letters to us. She said if we didn't know our characters well enough to do that exercise, then we didn't know them well enough to write their stories. It was scary the first time. My first character came out way different in a letter than I had originally planned, but then I became intrigued enough to develop her into someone more interesting. (Of course, I have never published or queried that novel because it was my first and it is a hot mess.)

Annalisa Crawford said...

A nice feisty character there. Doesn't sound like she's easy to reign in :-)

Stephanie Faris said...

CUTE!!! Okay, now I feel like I need to interview my character. Does it help? It probably works best at the start of the story to get to know her better?

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

@ Tyrean - what fun ... oh creative thoughts for Mel and for you ... repartee well done here ... so good to read ... cheers Hilary

Laurel Garver said...

Hilarious. Now I *really* want you to go back on your promise and marry her off to a prince. He won't know what hit him.

Tyrean Martinson said...

Annalisa - yes, she is!

Stephanie - it does work best in the first third of a project

Hilary - thanks!

Laurel - LOL - maybe ...

Magic Love Crow said...

LOL! This was a lot of fun to read!

Karen Lange said...

Fun interview! I like to see character interviews like this, they are so full of personality. Glad you shared it with us. Hope you are doing well on your recovery.:)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks, Magic Love Crow!

Karen - Thank you! And yes, I'm doing better each day - as long as I remember to avoid stairs and inclines.

Heather R. Holden said...

Hahaha, fantastic interview! Love the deal you made to get your mug back. Want to read more about Mel already!

Cherie Reich said...

Mel sounds like quite the feisty character!

Yvonne Ventresca said...

Fun post! Love your creativity.