I am all about fun. It’s the reason my favorite pair of shoes are polka dot espadrilles. So, when Kim MacCarron invited me to guest blog with the darlings at Honestly YA, my fun-o-meter went OFF THE HOOK. Yes, a thousand times, yes. And thank you for having me!
For today’s post, I thought I’d shake (but not break) things up a bit. And nothing screams post-holiday-weekend fun like an interview. An interview?!? Um, yes…but a FUN one! Have you ever interviewed your main character? Or had your MC interview YOU? It’s a really enlightening exercise that always helps me establish who my character is and the line that defines us as two unique individuals—who just happen to timeshare a brain ;)
So in the spirit of demystifying each other, Wilamena Carlisle (my MC), and I, sat down for a chat. Caffeine was consumed. Here’s what happened…
Darcy Woods: You know we’re a bunch of writers and we always like to know what people are reading. What are you reading right now, Wil?
Wilamena Carlisle: THE ONLY ASTROLOGY BOOK YOU’LL EVER NEED by Joanna Martine Woolfolk.
DW: I’m making my “not surprised” face.
WC: (laughs) What about you?
DW: I recently finished THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE AT FIRST SIGHT by Jennifer E. Smith—which I totally enjoyed! Now I’m starting MAID OF SECRETS by Jennifer McGowan. I’m only a couple chapters in and am hopelessly hooked!
WC: I can tell because you’re talking wildly with your hands.
DW: Gesticulating. Yes, I do that sometimes. Okay, next question, Wil. Tell us some of your loves.
WC: Oh my stars, there’re so many! Alright, well, in no particular order…astrology, music of all stripes and colors, 40’s vintage dresses, my bestie—Irina Dmitriyev, French fries from Curios (their seasoning salt is to DIE), and The Discovery Channel. Oh, wait, and also the Celestron NexStar 102 SLT Telescope—I’ve been lusting over that for months!
DW: Hmm, and yet I see an absence of those hot Walker boys from your “Love” list. Care to elaborate on that?
WC: Darcy, you are so Gemini it hurts. If you weren’t already the sign of the twins, then you would be the sign of the question mark because you question EVERYTHING.
DW: Guilty. Wait—how’d you know I was Gemini?!
WC: (smiles) It’s what I do. I have a knack for knowing people’s signs. I’m an Aquarius, which, like you, is an air sign…if you were curious.
DW: According to you I am always curious. (grins) Okay, how about dislikes? BTW, nice dodge on the guy question.
WC: Thanks. Hmm, well, I think thongs are the devil. Ooh, and clowns, I HATE clowns. Brussel sprouts too. What else?
DW: Didn’t you have a pants-wetting incident that involved clowns?
WC: Jupiter’s moons, if you breathe a word about that, I will tell everyone about your incident at Oktoberfest in Munich! (giggles deviously) It’s really good, too.
DW: Heh. Consider your secret safe with me. Okay, since you’re such a music enthusiast, what song’s burning a hole on your playlist right now? Mine’s currently grooving on Tip of the Tongue by The Donnis Trio.
WC: Oooh, good one! Well I’m slightly obsessed with Trying to Put Your Heart Back Together by Slow Runner. It’s playing as we speak.
DW: Ah, so it is. It’s kind of a sad song.
WC: But the melody is upbeat! Like underneath the sad, hope is always lurking, you know?
DW: When I grow up I want to be like you.
WC: Aren’t you like twice my age?
DW: (coughs) Um, I think there’s time for one last question. What is a supernova? I figure it’s important since it’s in the title of the story.
WC: Simply put, a supernova is the explosion of a dying star. For a short time it can outshine an entire galaxy, and is a billion times more luminous than the sun. They’re pretty rare, though.
DW: (whistles) Yowsa, that’s some exit. So, have you ever seen one?
WC: A supernova? Um…(grins) I think they should read the book and find out.
DW: Clever girl.
Thanks for joining us, but now I have to ask, (because I am Gemini), have YOU ever interviewed your MC? If so, did you gain anything from the experience? Do you have any other tricks for connecting with your characters?