Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Author/Character Chat: What do you like about each other?

Let's try something new. After all, how often do authors and characters get to talk about each other? Well, here at CIC, we like to bring everything out in the open. So, let's chat!

Let's start with the positive: What do you like?



Authors: You spend alot of time with your characters. What about them warms your heart?

Characters: What do you think of the person who writes about you all the time? What about them do you appreciate?

We'd like to know. What is it about each other that makes you smile?

54 comments:

DESTINY said...

I do not have an author. That would just be silly.

I am Destiny.

DESTINY'S author said...

Silliness is under-rated.

I like Destiny because he's a nutcase.

DESTINY said...

It is beneath me to reply to you.

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I like Aidan because he's absolutely true to himself. He's incapable of being any other way. He's childlike in some respects, but his growth into adulthood is amazing.

Kaelin is one of my most difficult, tortured characters. He desperately wants to be good but he just can't be; everything in his life pulls him away from the light. But his fidelity to his family and brother is always steadfast, the one thing he clings to. I admire how he perseveres under all I throw at him, even while it breaks my heart.

Jason has long, heartbroken history. He was married to a human wife who of course died. They had no children; the Council allowed the marriage but forbid mixed species children. He transferred that love and dedication to Aidan, but it ultimately will cost him a great deal. I admire him because even if he knew, he wouldn't have it any other way. Aidan is the son he never had.

And Marc, what's not to like about Marc? He's the second son, the party-boy, the screw-up, black sheep that only recently came back into the fold. He's always amazed to find himself in the thick of things with his young cousins. Despite all the joking around, which he often carries too far, he's got a good head on his shoulders. It just took fifty years to get there.

Aidan said...

In a word, our author is a bitch.

Joking, author, joking!!

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Ha! It just means I'm doing my job. And you were supposed to say something nice!

Aidan said...

You let me shoot my bow whenever I want.

Can I have a haircut now?

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Maybe after I sell this book.

Marc said...

Hey, author, can I have new rims for my Mustang?

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I'm not going to dignify that with a reply, Marc.

Mira said...

Lol

Anonymous said...

I wish my author would die. Nothing personal. But then I would be free!!!

Bo said...

I think my author is kind of sexy.

bunnygirl said...

Bo, you think everyone is sexy. Even my cat.

Bo said...

True. What's the cat doing right now, by the way?

bunnygirl said...

Sleeping. Go find you a groupie or something.

Bo said...

Great idea! You're a good author.

See ya!

flower said...

I'm ok about 'Len she gives me space and time - she doesn't give me platitudes and soulful eyes.

I don't think she likes me though - she spends alot of time with the others in the folders next to mine - that's alright though... I wouldn't want to spend much time with me either.

Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...

Flower, I do like you - first borns are always special - but I don't like some of the things you do - especially to Ed - hope you've been thinking about why that is.

FLOWER said...

You are so... out of - unfair! I don't think about being that way with 'Egg' - it's just how it is. If he didn't... do that look, and keep on with the chit chat, and follow me around I'm sure I could ignore him just fine!

Elaine 'still writing' Smith said...

Why do you never call people by their names?

I'll leave you for a bit,other people - in folders and out of them - need me too. Whenever you need me - I'm around - I'm always going to be here like Will - we respect your forcefield but whenever you want to lower the shields - we'll know.

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I know he's not my character, but I like Bo.

Mira said...

I like Bo too. I'm almost embarrassed to admit it. :)

Mira said...

I also like Flower. :)

Bo said...

Well, I like you ladies, too. So after the gig tonight, what do you say--

bunnygirl said...

Bo! Get back in your plot! You're supposed to be having massive insecurities right now, remember?

Bo said...

I don't like that plot, Author. I get really tired of the lack of respect, you know.

Candy's author said...

Candy is a confused kid, always fighting her fear of mediocrity. She was kind of tough and smartass, not very likable, but now, forced to be self reliant on a strange journey in a strange country. she is emerging as her real self and throwing away her Goth mask. For all her posing she is a very innocent girl and kind at heart, a heart she follows without thought as to consequences. I am fond of her but as a character she is very headstrong and doesn't know I exist.

I like Bo too. In fact I like most every character here and forget they have authors pulling their strings.

Celeste said...

My author brings me little things, like earplugs because Serbulo snores and no one sells earplugs in Quebrada Seca. Sometimes she gives me those nice vegetarian boullion cubes, and she never asks me to pay for them, so I like her, sort of. I guess I also like her for not saying anything much about my talking a lot and gossiping, at least to my face like most other people do. Since I only read the bible now, I don't know what she says about me in her book. Probably she writes about the days when I was the blond bombshell here in the jungle. All the campesinos used to stare at me then, and I liked that a lot. I always thought those guys were dumb because they ate so many beans and not enough meat, but most of them were smart enough not to get too close to me. Well, except for Virgilio, but thats my secret, isn't it. It would be lots easier to say what I don't like about Author, but I'm trying to follow the rules. This is kind of new for me, that is, following rules.

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Why would BO be having insecurites? I mean, just look at him.

Aimless Writer said...

Author: I love my character. She's sharp witted, funny and always comes back for more.

Character: I wish the son of a b*&^@ would stop torturing me! Did I really have to get my ass stuck in a doggie door???

Gabby's author said...

My author should have left me alone. wasn't it enough to send me to this miserable reform school out here in nowhere? I was doing Ok. Got everything and everyone under control. Why'd I have to find the Unicorn and the Mystical wood? Feel things I never felt before? They weaken me so I have to be tougher out there to counteract it. It's tearing me apart and if I give in to the Wood the gang will kill me. I know that. My author is my destiny. Why does he do this to me?

Gabby's author said...

That was Gabby before...

I'm very fond of him. Poor kid's just always done the best he could with the lousy hand he's been given. Now he's stuck on the fence between good and evil. Survival and virtual suicide. He's smart and a survivor. At only fourteen, you'd say he's a pretty rotten kid, but deep inside he has a heart, and that can only cause trouble.

Yeah, I really feel for the kid.

Kelly Moran said...

well, since for a writer, they never shut-up, lol. um, i love their flaws. i know, i know, but really. it's the best part, making them human.
great blog. i'm following you now.
you should check out mine. i do author interviews with give-a-ways, amongst other things books and writing.
nice to meet you.
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bunnygirl said...

I love Kalila for her smarts and her attitude, but it's her moments of doubt that I think I like most. If I end up finishing the series, she'll have to come to terms with the fact that she's stayed in human form too long and has developed human feelings. It won't be pretty.

Ricky is in many ways an average guy. I love the way he always tries to do right, and for the way he's always man enough to admit when he was wrong. Although he's not genius-level smart, he's a quick and creative thinker. He's good at taking stock of his situation, no matter how ridiculous, and finding a way to make it work for him and his clients. He's completely dedicated, even if he's not always effective, and I can't help admiring him for that.

Mira said...

I have to say, I really enjoyed reading all of these. It was fun to hear authors and characters talk about each other.

Thanks.

Donna Hole said...

Well, of course, as the author, I get to have the first word. This is not always the case, however, as my protagonist, Amy Thompson, a reclusive, insightful, survivor sometimes surprises me by taking the lead. When it comes to crisis, Amy intuitively knows what to say or do - or more precisely, how not to panic. Though she frequently finds herself in difficult situations, she knows how to ride them out, remain calm, and react later in privacy. Though she sometimes falls apart in front of people, it seems she has a knack of losing it only in the presence of fellow survivors, or people who know what its like to NEED to fall apart, at the appropriate moment.

Amy’s boyfriend, red headed and impulsive Robert Crane, can drive me nuts with his needs, his inability to think beyond NOW. His redeeming characteristics however, sometimes surprise me with their - - timeliness. Obsessively religious, devoted unconditionally to his God, his family, and his best friend, Robert sometimes surprises me with his emotional acuity. Rebellious and contrary by nature - he is the product of a heroine addict mother and an unknown father - he often seeks the center of attention, projecting his worldly knowledge and sinful ways to a community he only marginally accepts. He discovered alcohol early in his childhood, and the addiction came naturally to him, though the strict religious upbringing of his adoptive parents wars with his natural inclination to imbibe.


And then there’s Calvin Mertz, product of a long line of addicts, alcoholics, and abusers. His own father broke the link in the chain when Cal was twelve, but the legacy lingers, as Cal’s cousin has taken up the family business of loan shark, fence, and general muscle man, and Cal has a knack for the business side of illicit trade. A lonely soul, he meets Robert in Juvenile Hall when the two are 16 - they share a birthday, with Cal being a mere few hours older than Robert - and after rescuing Robert from an all out beating, the two become lifelong friends; brother’s at heart. Thereafter, there is nothing Cal would'nt do or give up for Robert; except growing gang influence in his home town. The attraction he feels for his best friends love, Amy Mertz, is a whole different complication.
................dhole

Donna Hole said...

FROM THE CHARACTERS:
Amy Thompson: My author gives me the time I need to explore my past, the abuse I’ve suffered at the hands of my father, and the emotional turmoil I feel about my mother, who had to know that her husband was not only abusing me physically, but sexually as well. I mean, there were signs, some of them so obvious even the authorities couldn’t help but notice. But she protected him, lied for him, and made me a cohort in my own destruction. And though my inclination is for silence, self preservation, my author frequently pushes me into the realm of admittance, even acceptance, of my past as I relive flashbacks and cyclic situations. I have vowed not to fall into my mothers fate - an accidental death of my alcoholic father’s devising -but I am, perversely, drawn to the party crowd, the very people I wish to avoid. When I meet Robert Crane, I am impressed by his perseverance, and though he shows definite signs of alcoholism, and I am at first abhorred by his habit, as I get to know him, several events convince me to ignore this character flaw, and focus on his innate sensitivity, his family loyalty, and his religious devotion. And when, at long last, I finally allow myself to dream of love and family beyond the absolute madness of religion or alcoholism, my author allows me a final decision in how my life is to be lived, a choice that only I can make. It is a momentous choice, neither right nor wrong, simply a choice on how I will live my life after tragedy leaves an opening.

Donna Hole said...

From: The Characters, con't:


From Robert Crane: My author does not always paint me in a positive light; but she does put my choices in perspective. I am a devout Seventh Day Adventist; I believe in the word of God, and the teachings of the Bible, and the ultimate salvation of prayer. I love my adoptive parents - I don’t think of them as “adoptive”, just parents. I have two sisters whom I love, though they are years younger than myself, and the natural children of my parents. I know they love me as their own. But, I was eight years old when they adopted me, and had been through several foster homes before. Maybe my author should have taken this burden from me, but I still remember my biological mother; or more to the point, the fact that she abandoned me. And, I remember that every foster home I was in from four years old to eight, sent me away as undesirable. I expect everyone to abandon me eventually. My author gave me a beautiful, intelligent woman as my partner, but flawed her with an abusive past that, though I understand, she is reluctant of confide, and so I doubt my ability as a husband, father, and man of God. My author has given me a noble friendship, a stabling influence by the name of Calvin Mertz, whom I met when I was sixteen and in serious rebellion, but the feeling that everyone will eventually betray and abandon me has never left. Thus, I drink. Not a little, unless I’m trying to impress my social circle; but a lot. My author gives me periods of sobriety, which helps strengthen my relationship with my one true love, Amy Thompson, but I still have moments of self doubt. Especially when my best friend and brother of my heart Calvin Mertz is in his addiction, or suffering from his mental health issues. And though I do not always agree with my author’s demands that I grow, that I learn from my alcoholic nature, I know she has a point to prove with my weakness, and if the larger audience learns from my flaws, who am I to withhold that all important self knowledge. I am not the villain of this story, the alcohol is, so who am I to impede the revelation of another alcoholic.

Donna Hole said...

From Calvin Mertz: I like my author. She challenges me to commit, to do better, to change. I have a long history of alcoholism, addiction and criminal allegiance. My father, an alcoholic, was the first to fight against the family legacy. Though he did not disown his twin, he did not condone Jonathan’s illicit activities, and left a precedent for me to follow. My heart was divided, as I loved my older cousin Daryl (Jonathan's son) as a brother, and worshipped his every thought and idea. In short, I was pre-disposed to the illicit life. I disdain alcohol, having been on the receiving end of the effects more than once before my father quit cold turkey when my younger brother nearly died from Strep Throat, but my author is having me work through my issues of addiction that started about the time my father quit drinking. Used to rescuing my family from Dad’s abusive, erratic moods, I didn’t know where to put my emotions once he actually became the “man of the house”. Not to mention the strong current of Bi Polar mental health disorder that runs through our bloodline, which my author often mixes with my addiction. Yes, it’s a cesspool. But she gave me a great best friend in Robert Crane, a brother whom I can tell anything to, and he believes in my ability to conquer anything. It’s tough being a hero, a role model. Robert’s escalating alcoholism, my addiction, and my growing attraction to his intended bride are the least of my current conflicts. My only complaint with my author, I guess, is that she introduced me to my perfect love, but gave me the integrity not to sabotage my best friend’s only chance at true love. Though my author gave me some serious character flaws - the addiction and propensity for gang affiliation - she also gave me a strong love for my family, a work ethic that is almost obsessive, and a sense of integrity I cannot break, and thus set me up for emotional failure at every turn. But what is life if not a series of choices and consequences? So, what I like most about my author, is that she challenges me to be myself; to live within my own code of honor without sacrificing integrity for self indulgence. It’d be easy, if Amy wasn’t so willing to defect.

Mira said...

Wow, Donna, that is interesting! Cool. :)

Christine H said...

I know I'm late to the party here, but I'm going to comment anyway.

Faldur is my favorite character, because he doesn't feel the need to explain himself. It causes a lot of misunderstandings, but I envy his singlemindedness.

Marenya is basically myself... a good girl who always does what is expected of her and never takes the easy way out. She needs something, though... more humor, more spunk, or a quirk of some kind.

Raynor is incredibly sexy... the tortured bad boy... the epitome of St. Paul's description of the hapless sinner in Romans 7:19 "For what I do is not the good I want to do; no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing." Consequently, Marenyna (and I) are fascinated by him.

Pelwyn is a pleasure to write. She is a shy woman who has suddenly found her identity in the man she loves. She just gets stronger as time goes on.

Faldur said...

I like my author because she understands me. She lets me be herself.

I just wish she'd work out once in a while.

Faldur said...

Correction: She lets me be myself.

A little too much velasz tonight. My apologies.

Marenya said...

You mean that stuff actually affects you? I would have never known.

I like my author because she lets me have more of the rough stuff than Faldur. I get to be the heroine of my own story, which is all I ever wanted.

Raynor said...

I don't believe I have an author. This is all a cruel destiny I can't escape.

It would be nice to have someone else to blame.

Faldur said...

Marenya, you have no idea what the "rough stuff" really is. I pray to Heaven that you never find out. But I love that you want to be your own heroine.

I just wish you'd chosen a less inconvenient way to do it.

Marenya said...

Raynor, don't blame yourself. You couldn't help what happened. I'll help you. We'll do it together.

Raynor said...

I can find a way, if you stay with me. Don't leave me... ever.

Christine H said...

Would you two knock it off? I'm about to vomit.

This is not a romance novel, you know.

Christine H said...
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Faldur said...

I also am about to vomit. Right after I divide you down the middle, Raynor.

Raynor said...

Good luck with that.

Christine H said...
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