I saw this idea on a friend’s blog and thought it looked fun, so I thought I’d try it.
I have never interviewed a character per se, but I do recommend it.
Forcing yourself to answer basic questions about a character makes you find their voice for all occasions, and that’s super helpful when you are knee deep in the story and need a conversation or reaction and aren’t quite sure what you wrote is what they’d say.
Anyway, here goes. Oh, and by the way, for those of you who’ve read Poggi – hey post a review would ya??? – and I’m curious to know what you envisioned Sam looking like.
Samantha from Poggibonsi:
Q: Where do you live?
Sam: Is this the first interview question? Are we starting? Where are the drinks? I was told there’d be drinks. Why does anybody wanna know where I live? That’s creepy. Atlanta. If you want to know more than that you’d better buy me dinner. Or at least the drinks I was promised. How did something as simple as a cocktail get messed up? What about wine? Is there at least wine?
What is your greatest fear?
Right now I’m kinda fearing there aren’t gonna be drinks. That was in the email I got, I’m pretty sure. Complimentary cocktails. I really wasn’t planning on doing the interview sober. I’m a very private person. Probably. Okay, god, my greatest fear. I… I – are we going in depth here, like Oprah style? I fear… rambling. And looking like a freaking alcoholic. But the drinks were to calm my nerves so I could do the interview. Okay I’m shutting up. This is going way worse than I thought. I’m not this stupid sounding in real life. Honest.
How would you describe yourself?
Smart! Despite the first two answers. And sexy – if you’re single and live in the Atlanta area. And male, I should probably add that. “Sam” is short for Samantha. Rich doesn’t hurt. Good looks – that’s probably a given. God, I’m rambling again. See? That’s why we needed drinks. Okay, stopping talking now. Next question. Jesus, this is a disaster.
What is the best gift you could receive?
Those first two questions over. First three. I’m sure I was supposed to pimp the book in here somewhere, but that’s shot now, too.
What clothes do you wear?
Aha, see, now that’s a question I can answer. I’m a casual girl, but ya gotta look sharp at work, ladies. If you ever wanna catch the eye of the boss, be the first to arrive and the last to leave, and a sharp pair of stilettos never hurts. Just sayin’. Be indispensable to your boss, his right-hand man. But don’t forget he loves his wife, and no matter what kind of stupid, school girl fantasies you’re entertaining, he’s not gonna leave her, so don’t waste the best years of your stinking life chasing a pipe dream because… Uh, I kinda got off track there. Clothes, was it? Anne Klein for those of you just entering the work world. Then move up to Versace or Givency, if you can. And, hold on, Googling… yeah, those two and maybe – man, look at that. What time is it? I may need to go see if they have this at Nordstrom’s in my size. Oh, and good jeans that are comfortable, too. Try Buckle. You look sexy with heels or boots or barefoot, and they have some very blingy styles.
What makes you laugh?
I think reading this interview is gonna make me cry. Laugh, huh? Well, let’s see. Lots of stuff. I have a pretty good sense of humor. I guess if I was gonna say anything, I’d say watching comedy movies with my dad. He laughs easily and that makes me laugh. Also, there’s a guy I used to work with who was… let’s just say he had a great smile. He was funny sometimes, but he was, well, he was a good guy and a good boss, and he… Yeah, can we delete that last part and just go with my dad? Let’s do that. Do you have a tissue? I swear that email said there’d be drinks.
Okay, that’s mine. Try YOUR hand at a character interview!
Dan Alatorre is the author of several bestsellers and the hilarious new romance novel “Poggibonsi: an italian misadventure.”
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