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Part Three of my Katrina Dobson Character Conversation

This is the girl from the original cover of Inner Vision. She looks like an older version of my daughter

Hello and welcome to the final segment of my character conversation with Katrina Dobson from Inner Vision. I encourage you to go back and read the introduction,  part one and part two of my conversation before proceeding to the rest of the interview, if you haven’t already done so. I also encourage you to sign up for my mailing list to receive a free short story, stay up-to-date with author happenings, and get a behind the scenes look into my author journey. To get notified when I upload new audio/video content, please subscribe to my podcast and YouTube channel. Without further ado, here’s the rest of my character interview. Sit back, relax, and enjoy.

Ann: What is your ultimate goal?

Katrina: My goal is two-fold. First of all, I want to find out who brought me to this strange hospital, and why I’m here in the first place. Second of all, I want to uncover the secrets hidden here. Once I do that, then Mom and I can go home.

Ann: What about your father?

Katrina: I pray that I can somehow lead him to Christ, but I can’t say when that’ll happen. Remember when I told you that mom supports me?

Ann: Yeah, what about it?

Katrina: Truth is, she did, until we arrived at the hospital. Since then, she’s become more passive. I mean she’s hidden herself in some type of shell. But when I start trying to communicate with the people, I think I see, she acts as if that’s a trigger to her PTSD.

Ann: I thought you had PTSD, too?

Katrina: I do, but I’m using my inner vision as a strength, instead of a weakness. I have nightmares where I see my dad beating my mom, but here’s the weird part: He’s threatened to hit me, but he’s never actually laid a hand on me. His actions make me believe that he blames Mom for my accident.

Ann: Do you have a positive or negative body image?

Katrina: If you had asked me that five years ago, I probably would have told you that I have no body image at all, but now, I have a positive outlook on life. Let’s put it that way. Like anyone else, I have my own fears and emotions, but If I know something’s not right or someone does something that goes against my beliefs, I’ll fight tooth and nail to right that wrong or make the person beg for forgiveness.

Ann: Is your father one of those people?

Katrina: Absolutely. He’s abusing my mother for something that I had no control over, so somebody has to make him face the music. If I have to be the one to do it so be it.

Ann: Who or what would you die for?

Katrina: I’d lay down my life to give honor and glory to my Lord and savior Jesus Christ, and I’d die to protect my mother. Though she lashes out at me, I still love her. I realize that she’s not herself right now, but if she were stronger, she’d do the same for me, I just know it!

Ann: Do you have a plan for tomorrow? Next week? Next year?

Katrina: Listen, I take one day at a time until I can gather information. The only plans I have; are the ones I wake up with after my vivid dreams.

Ann: Are you resilient enough to change as your story progresses?

Katrina: I can’t stay the same. I mean my life is constantly changing. The first major change took place when I had my accident. Now, every day is a brand-new turning point on the path we call life. I need to change and grow in order to solve this mystery. I may be stuck in the hospital, but I’m not stuck in that one room. Write my story to find out how much I change and see the changes that take place in the characters around me.

Ann: One final question, and this might sound silly, but here goes. What would you think if you could see me now?

Katrina: God gave you the ability to create me as a character when he laid my story on your heart. I see you in the same way you see me in your head. When I stand beside you and tap my toe impatiently, that means that I’m impatient for you to share my hero’s journey. Thank you for that. I love having these chats, but I’ve got a mystery to solve. Follow me as I walk these narrow halls and wide-open spaces to hunt for the truth.

I’d like to thank Katrina Dobson for stopping by the blog to have an enlightening conversation with me. Stay tuned, for you’ll meet the entire cast of Inner Vision characters in the weeks ahead. Until next time, happy reading and God bless.

Huts,

Ann

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Important Character Interview with Dianna Peabody, My Victim in A Journey of Faith

Hello everybody in the blogosphere. Today I have a character interview with a victim who was killed in a supposed accident, sixteen years before A Journey of Faith was set. I feel that this interview is important, because the answers to my questions will help to move the story forward. So, without further ado, I’d like to welcome my character Diana Peabody.

Ann: Before we get started, I’d like to say how much I appreciate you stopping by.

Dianna: My pleasure. I know this is important, but just remember, I won’t spoil anything, so you may not like some of my answers.

Ann: I understand. Now, let’s get started with the first question.

Dianna: Go ahead.

Ann: What would mentally destroy you?

“Dianna, Going blind. You’re blind yourself, so don’t you think that’s worth having a mental breakdown over?

Ann: No, I’ve been blind all my life, but a character from another story of mine lost her sight five years ago.

Dianna: Why don’t you ask her these questions?

Ann: I’ll do that when the time comes. Now back to my questions. How do you feel about your parents?

Dianna: What kind of question is that? I love both my parents. It’s not their fault I chose to climb the stepping stones. I decided to do it before I lost my sight completely and I paid the consequences.

Ann: I have to disagree with the last part of your second sentence. It wasn’t your fault you slipped off the top step of the stone staircase. Someone deliberately placed oil on that step. If the oil hadn’t been there, you’d still be alive today.

Dianna: You couldn’t prove it by me. I didn’t see anything on those steps, so I guess you could say I took a leap of faith and climbed them blindly. How do you like that!

Ann: When did you feel completely loved and accepted for who you were?

Dianna: I always felt loved and accepted by my parents and my brother. I even felt excepted by the outside world, until I lost my sight. You know what happened then! If you don’t, you need to have Becca read my diary.

Ann: What caused you to lose your sight?

Dianna: Retinitis Pigmentosa.

Ann: I see. What would have to happen to make you speak out or defend a stranger in public?

Dianna: I don’t believe you have the audacity to ask me this! If someone bullied another person with a disability, you bet I’d speak out in that person’s defense, no matter whether I knew him or not. Before I lost my sight, I was always the friendly type, lending a helping hand wherever I could, but I quit dealing with people long before my accident.

Ann: What do you lie about?

Dianna: All my secrets are in my diary, I told you.

Ann: I don’t have access to your diary yet, so you’ll have to tell me these things.

Dianna: Oh no! If I did that, I’d be spoiling your story. Do you want me to do that?

Ann: I guess not. Anyway, on to my next question. Do you need friends?

Dianna: Who doesn’t? My family became my friends when I started losing my sight, because I couldn’t trust anybody in the outside world, especially not my boss! I definitely had enemies at work.

Ann: What physical thing do you fear most? Let me guess, blindness. Right?

Diana: you got it! I also feared Wildebeest, because he could be a bully, though you already know that by talking to Becca.

Ann: If you could have chosen to spend your last day alive with one person, past or present, who would that person be?

Dianna: I don’t know, I didn’t have time to think about that. I guess it’d be my father, because no matter what happened, he believed in me.

Ann: What is your defining strength?

Dianna: I guess I’ll never know that, will I? You killed me off, before I had a chance to discover who I really am.

Ann: I had to have a victim. If not you, then who would it have been?

Dianna: Don’t apologize to me, find my killer and you’ll have the answers you need. That’s another secret I kept in my diary, too.

Ann: Would you have been able to work for someone else, if you hadn’t fallen off the top of the stepping stones?

Dianna: We’ll never know, will we?

Ann: Okay, I see you don’t have an answer for that one. So, let’s move on. Do you have a positive or negative body image?

Dianna: Now wait a minute, I didn’t say I didn’t have an answer to the question before, I just didn’t want to embarrass myself. I could have worked for someone else if given the chance. But since I lost my sight, there’s no way to know.
As for your next question, I was skinny and I had a pretty face, so I guess you could say my body image was positive, until I lost my sight. After that, I thought I looked ugly.

Ann: Who or what would you die for if your life hadn’t been taken so suddenly?

Dianna: I’d die to save my family farm. That Kingsley fellow had no right to take our farm. I mean we made the payments when we could. That’s why I helped Jason and Zac solve the previous mystery, but you wouldn’t know about that until you hear what Jason has to say for his book. I used what little I earned in that case to help pay off the farm, but apparently it wasn’t enough. You’ll learn all about that later on, so I won’t spoil it for you.

Ann: Before your supposed accident, did you have a plan for the future?

Dianna: No, I took one day at a time. Any plans I made for the future slipped through my hands, the moment I started going blind.

Ann: What would you think, if you could see me now?

Dianna: I see you now, and I think you’re a nosey writer, pumping me for information, before your readers discover the truth I hid in my diary. Goodbye! (She disappears in a flash).

Here’s to another fun and interesting conversation with my victim. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. Until next time, happy reading and writing.
Blessings,
Ann

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Discoveries I made during a Character Interview

Hello everyone, Today I have a very special character interview with Becca Martin from A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery. Most of these questions can be found at:

15 Questions Authors Should Ask Characters


Please note, some of the answers to the questions below have led to more questions. Be sure to click on the article linked above and ask your characters the same questions. Now, on to the interview.

Ann: What would mentally destroy you?

Becca: Witnessing someone have an accident during a rock-climbing competition, or having an accident while I was climbing myself. It would kill me is Shelly were forced to fall off the stepping stones. I don’t know what happen, but I have the distinct impression that whatever it was, happened on the stones.

Ann: How do you feel about your mother and father?

Becca, you don’t make this easy, do you? Well, let’s see. Dad and I had a much closer relationship after my PTSD diagnosis. But Mama? Not so much. I mean every time I’d have a panic attack or a meltdown, she’d start yelling or she’d run and hide. I believe my anxiety and Post Traumatic Stress disorder caused her more stress than she let on to Mandy and me. She didn’t want to believe that something was dreadfully wrong. She always thought that my problems were all in my head. I think it would take an act of God for her to see the truth. I’m beginning to think that’s the reason for my journey, though there’s more to it than that. That’s why I had to go get technical training and certification. My job as a technical support specialist for Wildebeest and Asher was a fluke, if you ask me.

Ann: Can you elaborate on your reason for leaving your family home?

Becca: Mama’s stress and disbelief made my anxiety worse. She made my life miserable, so I hat do get out of there, before I wound up in a mental hospital.

Ann: Did your father add to your mental stress?

Becca: No! As a matter of fact, He told me that he witnessed the who incident. He never told me what happened. I guess he wanted to protect me, so he thought it was better that I didn’t know. I now wish he had. I’d be able to take this journey without so much fear. But if I did that, you wouldn’t have a story to tell, now would you?

Ann: What about your sister? How did she react to the incident?

Becca: I have no idea. She refused to talk about it, so nobody knows what she thought.

Ann: Now, let’s switch gears. When did you feel completely loved and accepted?

Becca: I felt loved and excepted when I started this adventure. It started with Shelly, who prayed for me before I left. I don’t think she understood everything I was going through, but she knew that something was wrong and the only way I could find healing was to follow my heart.
The second time I felt truly loved, was when I saw my grandmother in her angelic light for the first time, at the foot of the towering Rock wall. I’d seen pictures of Granny Mary throughout my life, and my folks would tell us stories about her, but I was only two when she accidentally slipped off the top of the stepping stones. Seeing her in her true form scared me at first, but then my heart sang as she led me up the rock wall. I can’t tell you how wonderful that felt!
The third time Was when Hannah found me sobbing after a panic attack in the middle of the dining room floor, at the cottage at the summit of my first mountain. She slipped into the cottage without a sound. The door closing scared me so bad I thought I’d pass out. She told me that she knew my grandparents and my parents before I was born. Her words of comfort gave me the assurance I needed to keep going. She prayed over me as I drifted off to sleep.

Ann: What about the shadow outside your window?

Becca: I can’t say much about that, but I can tell you she didn’t believe my story. I got the impression she thought I was dreaming.

Ann: In your story, what did you lie about?

Becca: I hate to admit this, but I lied about simply taking time off from work. I admit I did have some leave built up, but I had a feeling that my search for the truth would take more time than I had coming to me. The more I think about it, the more I’m glad Wildebeest fired me. To be honest, I hated working for him, but it was a way for me to pay the bills. Most people would have thrown me out if they’d know I’d been fired, but Shelly has covered for me many times. She’s like a sister to me.
When I start out on this unknown adventure, I told myself that following the pull of whatever was trapped inside me would be easy. Boy was I ever wrong! Making that first climb was the hardest thing I’ve ever had to do. I fought my way over that first brick wall (or rock wall, should I say), and I have no doubt God will help me surpass others in my path.
Another lie I keep telling myself is that whatever happened when I was twelve, was an accident. I’m beginning to think that my belief isn’t necessarily true, the further I go on this crazy hike. You’ll see what I mean as the story unfolds.

Ann: Do you need friends?

Becca: Who doesn’t? I mean, God puts people in my path to help me along my journey, but Shelly is my ally. I call her every chance I get, to tell her what clues I’ve found. I also consider Hannah as a friend. I meet many friends throughout my story. I’d rather have friends than enemies, yet my enemies are a necessary evil, I suppose.

Ann: What physical thing do you fear most?

Becca: We’ve touched on this already, but I’ll give it to you in a nutshell. Any surface that I have to climb, especially if I don’t know what’s on the other side, and unseen figures that lurk in the shadows or around windows of my resting places during my travels.

Ann: Are you able to work for someone else?

Becca: During my travels, no. I have to focus on my search for the truth behind my nightmares and anxiety. Otherwise, I have the skills, so if the opportunity presents itself, I don’t see why not.

Ann: What is your defining strength?

Becca: I’d have to say it’s my determination to keep going, even though I want to turn tail and run.

Ann: Do you have a positive or negative body image?

“Becca: What kind of question is that? I’m a country girl, no matter whether I live in the city or not. I walk with my head held high in my jeans and sweat shirt. If it’s summer, I wear shorts and a t-shirt. Now that I don’t work for Wildebeest, I can ditch the stiff pin-striped outfits and flaunt my overalls if I want.

Ann: Who, or what, would you die for?

Becca: Isn’t that obvious? I’d fight to the death to find healing from this PTSD. I mean if my best friend or one of my family members’ lives were in jeopardy, I’d lay down my life to save him or her.

Ann: Do you have a plan for tomorrow? Next week? Next year?

Becca: No, I take this journey one day at a time. If I don’t, I could get sidetracked by the devil and his malicious ways.

Ann: Do you think you’re resilient enough to change?

Becca: I would hope so. The aim of this mission is to find the truth and ultimate healing. My fears are still intact, yet I’m more observant and I take the clues to God in prayer. I may have questions, but I’ve found at least one of my answers and a whole bunch of questions layered beneath the original ones.

Ann: One final question. What would you think If you could see me now?

Becca: I have to ask you another question, before I can answer this one. How do your writing friends react to my story, now that you let me tell it in my own way?

Ann: Those who’ve read the first couple of chapters, like it better, that I have written them if first person, instead of writing the story as if I’m watching your actions.

Becca: Good! I thought other readers would see it my way. Now you don’t have to do so much head hopping from me to my friend, to my enemy, to the policeman I’ve fallen for. If you let me tell my story, you as the author, can put yourself in my shoes, and transpose that same intimacy to the reader. Thanks for letting me tell my own story.

Ann: Thanks for coming back to visit with me and my fans in the blogosphere.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this eye-opening interview with Becca Martin. Let me remind you to ask these questions of your own characters, to make new discoveries about your works in progress. Until next time, happy writing.
Hugs,
Ann

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Character interview with Jo Farnsworth

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,
Today I have a special character interview. Jo Farnsworth from A Journey of Faith, which I am updating during NaNoWriMo as we speak, wishes to share her words of wisdom with us. Take it away, Jo.

Jo: Hello everyone, Tonight I have some news for those of you who have read A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery. The story is changing in better ways, and in some ways that you don’t expect. I ain’t gonna spoil it for you, but I’m not the star of the show here. What I can tell you, is that you won’t see me in a paranormal light any more. I’ve said my peace early on. So Stay tuned as my author gets this book edited and rearranged for your reading pleasure.

Ann: Can you tell me how the book will end?

Jo, You’ll have to figure that out for yourself, I’m just the fictional bird singing the song. (Psst! I stole that from your friend’s podcast). Now, get back to work on my Becca’s story, because she’s still got a long way to go in her journey of faith and forgiveness.

Ann: I’m sorry I didn’t add you into the book sooner.

“Jo, You ain’t got nothin’ to be sorry fir. It wasn’t my place to step in the lime light until near the end of the book and you know it. Now, listen to Becca and her friends as the story continues to take shape. I’ll be watchin’ down on her and her brother and sister, and my sister and brother-in-law as they all travel down the road of life you’ve created for them.

“Thanks Jo. Keep us authors in your prayers.

Jo: Will do. She slipps out the door as I make way for the big finish of this book and the accompanying books in the series. Until next time, happy reading and writing. May God richly bless your hearts as you read these posts, as he has blessed me with the ability to write them.
Hugs,
Ann

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Character Interview with Joseph Roundtree

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,
Today I have another character interview for you. I’m talking with Joseph Roundtree, Becca Martin’s grandfather. Let’s see what he will be led by the Holy spirit to tell us today.

Ann: Welcome to my blog, Joseph.

Joseph: Thanks for having me, but I can’t stay long.

Ann: What can you tell us about the end of your life here on Earth, which takes place at the end of Journey to the Mountaintop?

Joseph: I can’t tell you much, because I would spoil the story for your readers. However, that Jason Miller is a very troubled young man. He loves my Becca, but he can’t truly love her with his whole heart until he finds forgiveness from God.

Ann: What do you know of the pain he suffers?

Joseph: I don’t know much, but I know that boy has been hurt in his life, and there’s someone he has to forgive, or he won’t find the peace he richly deserves.

Ann: Do you think he’ll find forgiveness?

Joseph: Eventually, but it’s gonna take a lot of praying.

Ann: What about his love for Becca?

Joseph: That will blossom once he finds true forgiveness. For now, I need him to promise to love and protect her through whatever trials she faces. That’s what I have to do before God calls me home.

Ann: Will you come back into my stories as a supernatural being, like Mary?

Joseph: That all depends on what God tells me to do. You have to pray and ask him to show you the story He has for you to tell. The important thing for you to do is tell Mary’s story, once this book is done. She can tell you what happened, for all I saw was the aftermath of the accident.

Ann: Can you give me some pointers on how this story should end?

Joseph: All I can say, is that Mary is with me during the last moments on the Earth. She talks to Becca and Jason. She must relay my message to Jason, but I cannot tell you how she does this. I must go now, for my race is nearly run. Blessings to you for writing my story and for introducing me to your readers. Good-bye, my dear. We shall meet again in another story.

Tears fill my eyes as I watch Joseph fade into the darkness. I must go and finish my story, for I can hear Mary now, making her husband’s last request to them on his behalf.
Hugs,
Ann

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Character interview with Marleen Dawson

Hello everyone in the blogosphere,
Today I have a special treat for you. This is not an introduction to a podcast episode, but one of your favorite types of content. Today’s post is a character interview with Marleen Dawson from Journey to the Mountaintop: A stepping stones Mystery, which will be coming out by the end of this year. Stay tuned to your online book retailors and bookstores for this exciting new Stepping Stones mystery. Without further ado, let me introduce my new character.

Ann: Welcome to my blog, Marleen. Let’s start today’s interview with one important question. Why did you decide to work for Wildebeest and Genevieve at the beginning of my book?

Marleen: I won’t give any spoiler alerts, but Jennifer is my charge and so was Lydia. That Willie McCarthy is a bad, bad man and if he gets his hooks into you there’s no stopping until Genevieve is satisfied. Oh, don’t get me wrong, he only does what she wants, to protect his little girl. But don’t let Genevieve fool you, she’s a piece of work, let me tell you. That woman is evil!

Ann What made you change your mindset and decide to help Jennifer and Becca solve the case?

Marleen: Lydia’s death.

Ann: How did her death make you change your point of view?

Marleen: I admit I was a mean old lady when I worked for Willie. That is until he left the house to do Genevieve’s bidding. Then, I provided Lydia with supplies to keep her going, so she wouldn’t be drugged like that girl he killed early on in the story. You’ll have to read the book when it comes out to see who I’m talking about. Anyway, Lydia was a bit naïve. She thought the sun rose and set in Willie’s eyes, but he wasn’t her daddy, you know. He just raised her up, because she was Genevieve’s girl. That woman despised Jennifer!

Ann: Did she resent Jennifer in any way, fashion or form?

Marleen: A bit. Plus, she felt guilty for killing Angela Grace, who would’ve raised that girl right if she’d lived. I’m kind of glad she left that journal for Jen to find. Tells a girl a little about her maw, don’t you think? Anyway, like I said before, Genevieve couldn’t stand Jennifer getting close to her Lydia, but Willie would have none of that nonsense. He loved his girl to death, and he wanted her and Lydia to have a chance to bond like sisters, you know, so that’s what they did. Though Jennifer never knew the truth until that girl was killed needlessly.

Ann: That doesn’t explain Genevieve’s bitterness toward Jennifer.

Marleen. Genevieve wasn’t bitter toward Jen per se, she was bitter because Willie wouldn’t let her have her own way. He controlled how she raised the girls, he made sure they had a roof over their heads and made a life for themselves, when all Genevieve wanted to do was throw Jennifer in a foster home.

Ann: Would the truth have come out in the book itself if we hadn’t had this conversation today?

Marleen: In bits and pieces, but not all of it.

Ann: What do you mean?

Marleen: I ain’t going to spoil it for your readers, but there is a lot Genevieve would have left out of her story, because she’s in denial. She doesn’t believe she did anything wrong, because she only sees what she wants to see. That’s why, when I discovered the truth, I had to get out of there, before I was accused of something that I didn’t do.

Ann: What did you do?

Marleen: Me and the Lord had us a long talk. I told him about my sins, and how I was wrong for working for those goons. I prayed that Willie would get saved before he had to go to jail. I also asked for His forgiveness. That’s when I decided to help the police solved Lydia’s murder.

Ann: Did this talk between you and God happen as you climbed back down the mountain?

Marleen: No! I told you, I talked with the Lord, before I decided to help solve the case, so obviously that happened before I volunteered to go with Jennifer and her friend Becca.

Ann: Where did you have your initial talk with God about what you’d done?

Marleen: After Lydia found her way out of the rose room, I used it for my prayer closet. It’s a nice place to hide from prying eyes, if you know what I mean.

Ann: okay, so what happens during your trek down the mountain?

Marleen: You’ll have to write that part of your story and see. However, I can tell you one thing, you made Mary disappear? That ain’t right, so you’d better write her back in there, because she and I have a nice long talk.

Ann: Yes ma’am! Tell me one thing, what did you talk about?

Marleen: Nope, can’t tell you that. You’ll just have to listen to our conversation to find out. Now, I got to get back to my journey, because I got two girls to save from impending doom. (Marleen walks away humming her favorite hymn.)

Well, there you have it, folks. We now know a little more about Marleen Dawson, and I have a character conversation to eavesdrop on. I highly recommend that you read A Journey of Faith, while I’m working feverishly to get this next book out, for if you wait to read this one, you’ll be lost. I have included the promo information and a cover photo below, so you can get your hands on a copy of my novel. Until next time, happy reading and writing, and have a blessed day.
Love and prayers,
Ann

A Journey of Faith: A Stepping Stones Mystery

Twenty-eight-year-old Becca Martin witnessed a tragic accident at the age of twelve. Sixteen years later, she embarks upon a journey that she believes has somehow been chosen for her by God. During this journey, she hears a voice in the back of her mind crying, “God help me!”, as childhood memories resurface in her nightmares. During the investigation at Sweet Water Park, Jason meets Becca and asks for her help, but in order to do so, she must face her fear of climbing, while caring for her ailing aunt and helping her uncle to run the diner. Jason vows to stay close beside her every step of the way, but can she fully trust him and the girl in the white robe that seems to pop up out of nowhere? Find out how God helps her and the Tensiltown Police find the culprit as the author pulls you into the first novel in her spine-tingling, heart-warming Stepping Stones mystery series.
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Character Interviews and Encouragement for Authors

In this lastest episode I talk about how I get to know my characters through Character interviews.

 

Listen to the most recent episode of my podcast: Character interviews and writing encouragement https://anchor.fm/inspirational-journeys/episodes/Character-interviews-and-writing-encouragement-e3p0vc

 

How do you get to know your characters?

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A Writing Update and a Chat with one of my Fantasy Characters

Hello everyone,

Today I am coming to you with another character interview, from my fantasy novel in progress, entitled Winter Haven Rescue.

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Before we get started, I’d like to update you on my writing progress. I am nearly 26,000 words into the novel and I am loving every minute of it. When I did my last character interview with one of my Native Beacons, I originally named Maylani (now Malaya), I told you that I would publish it on March tenth. However, as you have seen, that didn’t happen. Okay, so now I have a little wiggle room with this novel, now that I’m not under so much pressure to get it out there. This time, I’d like you to meet one of Maxim and Malaya’s human assistants. Her name is Anastacia and she is blind like me. She has an amazing guide dog, which I’d like to interview at some point in the near future. But for now, let’s talk with Anastasia and see what information she has in store for us today.

 

Me: Hello Anastasia! (I give her a hug). Welcome to my blog. May I get you something before we get started? Tea? Coffee or something else? How about a snack?

 

Anastasia: No thanks, I’m fine. Star, find a seat. (Dog leads her to my table and she sits across from me).

 

“Well, tell me about this amazing dog you have? When did you notice there was something different about her? Has she transformed into an eagle since you’ve had her, or did this happen all of a sudden?

 

Anastasia: First of all, I didn’t notice anything different, until a few days before Maxim came to take us to Winter Mountain. Let me tell you, it’s a crazy world out here. I’m seeing things through my inner vision that I’ve never seen before.

Star hasn’t always been able to shape shift and speak to me the way she does now. I don’t know what gave her these special powers, but I’m glad she has them.

 

Me: What happens to her harness when she transforms? I had a guide dog once, but in the real world, dogs don’t have shape shifting powers. These fantastical powers only happen in books like yours.

 

Anastasia: Of course not! In the real-world dogs are ordinary animals, like you are an ordinary person. However, in fiction, especially the book you are writing for us, anything can happen. When Star transforms into an eagle, her harness shrinks to size and her handle grows longer. In this way, if she has to carry one of us to a specific destination, we just grab the handle and hang on. It’s quite a wild ride if you ask me.

(Star nudges Anastasia).

 

Star: Anastasia, we need to go, Bartholomew needs us to check on Katia.

 

Me: Hello Star! Why must you leave so soon, your handler and I were having a lovely chat.

 

Star: I know! And just when I was enjoying a nice little snooze. But I got a summons from the gnome on top of Winter Mountain. When he calls, we go see him.

 

Anastasia: It’s been fun talking to you, but like Star said, when we get a summons or there’s a magical force pulling us to a specific destination, we have to make a break for it. It’s been fun chatting, but we’ve got business to attend to. (She and Star fly away).

 

Me: Well, she won’t be able to answer the millions of questions I have for her. Stay tuned for another fabulous character interview and writing update.

 

Until next time, happy writing and God bless.

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Character Interview with Jennifer McCarthy and her Mother

Hello everybody,

Yesterday we had a conversation with a confused, scared Lydia McCarthy. She was holding back a bit of information, because she was afraid that her captors were standing away from the truck, listening to her conversation. However, today, I am having a conversation with Jennifer, her adopted sister. Don’t be surprised if their mother, Genevieve pops in to clear up a few minute details.

 

Ann: Welcome to my blog, Jennifer. What can you tell me about your sister? Was she abused by your father?

 

Jennifer: Wait a minute, you’re asking too many questions, too fast. First of all, Lydia isn’t my biological sister. She was adopted when she was four. I was eight years old at the time, but I remember sitting at the adoption agency, trying to read a story book, while Mom and Dad went into some office to see about adopting a little girl. My parents changed her last name to McCarthy, so she wouldn’t be recognized by who knows what kind of maniac, at least that’s what I was told. The thing is, I really don’t believe it myself.

 

Ann: Was Lydia abused after she came to live with you and your parents?

 

Jennifer: No, but she was a very skittish little girl. Mom protected her quite a lot, because she thought she had some type of disability. She wouldn’t talk until a couple of years after she became part of our family.

 

Ann: Does she have a disability?

 

Jennifer: No, she’s smart as a whip, but she wants to believe the best in everybody. I understand that and so do I, but I know when someone isn’t who he appears to be and when things aren’t on the up and up. Lydia was kidnapped after her accident, because she stood there and searched for her car, instead of going home with me and trying to find the car later. Sometimes she doesn’t use her head.

 

Ann: Do you think Wildebeest could have kidnapped her, no matter whether she’d searched for the vehicle or not? The reason I ask is because he’s the type who strives to get what he wants, no matter what you say.

 

Jennifer: Yeah, he is, but I really can’t answer that. I think her taking time to search for her car was the opening he needed to take her right then and there. I tried to tell her to come and go home with me, but you see where that led. This is not to say that there isn’t more mystery to be solved, because we don’t know who Wildebeest truly is, even though Lydia believes he’s our father. He could be her biological father for all we know, your readers will have to wait for the book to come out to learn all about him.

 

Ann: I did an interview with him and he was very snarky. What he doesn’t realize is that I can take the snarkiness right out of him.

 

Genevieve: Who’s this Wildebeest fellow you’re talking about?

 

Jennifer: You know, Mom! The big burley guy who drives that Chevy pickup truck.

 

Genevieve: Oh yeah, the one always hounding me for money, although I haven’t seen him in a while. I wonder where he’s gotten himself off too.

 

Ann: Well hello there, Genevieve, I didn’t expect you to come walking right into our little chat. What do you have to say to our readers?

 

Genevieve: I just want to say that Lydia did have some sort of disability, because she didn’t talk for the first two years, she was with us.

 

Jennifer: You wouldn’t talk if you’d been abused at an early age either, Mom. You know Lydia is smarter than you give her credit for. Why did you baby her like she was a china doll? You never protected me like that.

 

Genevieve: I had to protect her! She was so fragile as a child. We taught you to be strong, yet Lydia, on the other hand was …

 

Jennifer; She was what? Weak? Stupid? Come on, Mom, out with it!

 

Genevieve: Now, Darling, you know she was none of those things. She was just … fragile, that’s all.

 

Jennifer: Yeah, right! How did you teach me to be strong, by spanking me every time you thought I did something wrong? Dad humiliated me, and you stood there and let him get away with it. I saw plenty of things happen to my sister that he got away with. I won’t explain them here, because that is yet another story and people will have to read the new book coming out to find out.

 

Ann: Ladies, ladies! No need to argue here. All we want to do is give the readers a little outside knowledge about you, before the book comes out. You know, a teaser.

 

Jennifer: I know, but Mother needed to know the truth. You are so lost in your own Little World, Mom that you don’t even know that Lydia has been kidnapped.

 

Genevieve: She’s been what? When?

 

Jennifer: Yesterday after the accident. Wildebeest side swiped her rear passenger door. It’s a wonder her car wasn’t totaled.

 

Genevieve: Oh, dear! Oh, dear! I need to go lie down. (Leaves the room on shaky legs)

 

Jennifer: Well, now you have it. Mom isn’t all she’s cracked up to be. Let me go talk to Becca and Jason for a bit about what’s happened. I’ll see you all later in a book somewhere. (She steps out of the room, closing the door behind her.)

 

I hope you have enjoyed my chat with Jennifer and the character conversation between Genevieve and her. Keep an eye out for Journey to the Mountaintop, the second Stepping Stones mystery to be released in Early 2019. While you wait, I’d encourage you to pick up a copy of A Journey of Faith, if you haven’t already. If you don’t, you’re sure to be lost by picking up the new book, when it comes out and reading it first. If you need the links again, here they are:

 

Kindle:

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07H7SCQNM

 

paperback:

 

https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720213240

 

Here’s a question for you, dear readers. Do you want to see more of these character interviews? If you’ve read any of the four books I’ve published on Amazon, tell me which characters you’d like to learn a little more about. Please leave your answers in the comments below.

Until next time, have a blessed day.