Character Interview from PORTRAITS OF THE LIVING: A GHOST TALE

Thanks to Ralfast, for suggesting a character interview challenge.

*Pours two cups of coffee.  One black, and one with lots of cream and sugar.  Authoress knows by now that this particular character has quite the sweet tooth*

*clears throat*

“Well hello, dear character.  you and I have known each other for a few years now.  But for those who have not met you, could you please introduce yourself?”

I would be happy to.  My name  is Anne Durrant. 

Do you have any nicknames?

My brothers used to call me a mouse when I was a kid.

What do you look like? Eye color, hair color, ethnicity, distinguishing marks or features, clothing, jewelry, and gear…

Oh, it is awkward talking about oneself!  Let’s see.  I’m very small, hence the above mentioned nickname.   I have carroty-colored hair, and was cursed with the freckles of a redhead at birth.  A parasol is, thus, of little help.  Also, I’d walk into a wall without my dreaded spectacles.   As for dresses, I prefer a pretty, but unfussy style.  I do have a fondness for lace and ribbons.

What are your hobbies?

Books!  Especially “shudder” stories.  I love to be thrilled.  And I love trying to solve mysteries.   Lately, due to discovering I have the “sight”, I have started studying the occult.

Who and where is your family?Where are you from?

We live in Boston on Beaon Hill.  It’s a very busy street with all the carriages and pedestrians coming back and forth.  I’m a city girl at heart, but am glad to be visiting my relatives in the backwoods for a change of scenery.

Do you have any secrets, and what are they? Why do you keep them?

Of course I have secrets!  Someone without any secrets must have led a rather dull life, don’t you think?  But it’s improper to pry in one’s private business, so please don’t ask again.

Sorry!  You are quite right about that.  Let us move on.  What do you believe in?

I am open-minded.  There are a lot of new ideas circling around Boston right now.  Transcendentalism.  Spiritualism.   It’s all very fascinating.  I’m not sure exactly what I believe in, but I am keen on learning different things!

What is the setting of your story?

I am staying with my relatives in the backwoods of New England.   They live in a tiny backwater village that isn’t on any map.   This is my first visit out here, and I am finding my cousins to be all rather… odd.  And there’s also a dead girl.

That is all I shall say for now.

Thank you, Anne for your time.

Thank you for having me.  It has been  a pleasure.

Before I leave, if I may mention a delightful interview I read at http://dianedooley.wordpress.com/2011/04/26/464/

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  1. What a great idea! This would probably work well in place of doing a ‘character outline’ or description where you just list all kinds of things. Imagining yourself interviewing a character could be very enlightening, you never know what they might reveal to you.

    I like this character: red hair, freckles, specs. She’s already got a great deal of personality, just from this little bit. I’ll have to try this myself! :::rubs hand in anticipation::: 😉

  2. DD,

    I can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    And thanks! Glad you like how Anne sounds. 🙂

  3. I need to do one of these interviews. Have been thinking about it since Ralfast posted it…

    And Boston! And backwoods New England! Hurrah!

  4. Very cool. I take it “Portraits of the Living” is the novel you are writing?

    I’ve been tossing around the idea of interviewing Ayesha from Haggard’s “She.” If you’ve read it then you can probably imagine the comic value of asking journalistic questions to one with her, ah, distinctive voice and demeanor–but I’d have to reread the book to make sure I get it right.

    Check the Diane Dooley link at the end of your article–it looks like there’s a typo in the HTML.

  5. Hey Beth,

    I’d love to read a character interview of yours. Hope you do write one. 🙂

  6. Hi Haystack,

    Portraits is pretty much finished. Am working on a revision for a potential agent. (fingers crossed).

    I read “She” years ago. That would be so much fun if you interviewed her!

    Thanks for letting me know about the error in the link. I think it’s fixed now.

  7. The first entry! I thought nobody had taken noticed. Great interview. I will post mine on Thursday.

  8. It’s a great exercise. I bet it will come in handy

  9. Hi Ralfast!

    I certainly noticed. And if you click on the link at the end of the post you’ll see another blogger did, too. 😉

    Thanks for passing along your great idea!

  10. Hey Chazz,

    Give it a whirl! 🙂

  11. This was a nice read and interview. I was actually picturing the descriptions from the nice details you laid out for us. Well done!

  12. Oh, thanks so much Vanessa! 🙂

  13. Character interviews are a great idea! The next time I review a novel I’ve got to try this.

  14. Marian,

    Hope you have fun with it!

  15. I can’t find the post that laid out the rules. Wasn’t it on Ralfast’s site?

  16. Ooops, sorry, updated my current post with the interview and the recap of the rules.

  17. Thanks, guys! Hopefully I can get a post up on it by this weekend 🙂

  18. Just my luck that the next two books I’m planning to review are non-fiction!

  19. Love this! I love having ‘conversations’ with my characters. One of my characters and I are always writing snarky letters back and forth…haha.

  20. Hey Marian,

    I’m sure you could find a way to make the exercise work for a nonfiction piece.

  21. Brownpapergal,

    Hah! That made me laugh. 🙂

  22. haha! So much fun. Am curious about the almost-dead girl.

  23. Thanks, Colby!

    Hopefully it will be finished one day and you can find out. 🙂


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