So far, no bites on my first manuscript, Aeternus. I haven't gotten a lot of rejections from agents yet (but, oh how those first few have hurt). Still waiting to hear back from most of the agents to whom I've sent queries. While I wait (and because of the distinct possibility that I may not actually get an agent for this manuscript), I have decided to move on and write another one, this time a YA novel with a touch of magical realism and romance. But, my male protagonist, Anthony, insists on making my life difficult. I thought you might like to see the kind of trouble this guy has been giving me by relaying to you the little chat I had with the youngster.
Carol: Now Anthony, why did you just do that?
Anthony: What? This?
Carol: Yes, Anthony. No need to do it again.
Anthony: It's just a finger. See?
Carol: Yes. Put it away now.
Carol: You wanna tell me what's wrong?
Anthony: It's just...you haven't written me in yet. [scuffs his foot, kicking up dust]
Carol: That doesn't mean you don't have a story.
Anthony: I know. I'm here aren't I?
Carol: Of course you--
Anthony: But why does it have to be all about her? How come she has to come first?
Carol: An author has to make certain choices with regard to audience. The fact is, teenage girls tend to prefer main characters that are female, just like them.
Anthony: Well, screw teenage girls. [grumbles something unintelligible beneath his breath]
Carol: [Raises an eyebrow] Uh-huh.
Anthony: I'm just as important as she is. [chin wobbles]
Carol: You love her, Anthony.
Anthony: No, I don't [sneers].
Carol: You will.
Anthony: So you think.
Carol: Oh, you will. And you will thank me for every one of her breaths when all is said and done.
Anthony: How many breasts does she have? [eyes bug out with mock incredulity]
Carol: Watch the sass, smartass. It's not too late to make you ugly.
Anyway, there's Anthony, quite the cheeky thing, but he's got my heart already. If only he weren't such a pain in the rear to work with.
By the way, this image was found here.
Now, go find out why you should interview your characters.