Saturday, November 7, 2009
Totally Sane Interviews with Vampires, Hobbits, and Talking Toads
An Interview with Abigailby Jenni Bailey
As you may already have read in the last blog post "Why You Should Interview Your Characters," I'm starting a series of character interviews (and before you ask, vampires, hobbits, and talking toads are not the only characters interviewed).
On that note, allow me to introduce Jenni Bailey, the first guest blogger for the Interviews series. Thanks to Jenni, we have the pleasure of meeting Abigail Bloom-Gerard, the deliciously adorable, but slightly surly main character of the YA fantasy that Jenni is currently working on (a novel which may end up becoming more of a work of magical realism...but stay tuned).
A little background on Ms. Bailey:
Jenni grew up in New Orleans, spending those oh-so-fabulous high school years [insert sarcasm] at NOCCA (New Orleans Center for Creative Arts) [insert WOW!) where she studied Creative writing (no surprise there!). She later majored in English at the University of Central Florida. Jenni currently resides in the same state somewhere "between Orlando and the Atlantic Ocean" with her family (husband, daughter, and writing). As content as she is with the Florida sun, Jenni "craves seasons." Thus, when she becomes the best-selling novelist that I know she will be, she will pump some of her hard-earned fortune into a property "north of the Mason-Dixon line." Be sure to check out Jenni Bailey's super fun blog that will inspire you and make you laugh all at once.
A note from Jenni:
Thanks again for having me guest post! The interview is such a fun idea; I am looking forward to seeing what comes out of everyone’s brains! I can already tell I’m going to have to interview Abby again down the road because there’s still a lot of personality-altering stuff in store for her.
From the files of Miss Jenni Bailey, "An Interview with Abigail":
Me: I’m talking today with the main character of my current novel, Abigail Bloom.
Me: Oh, right. You’re kind of particular about the hyphen. Sorry Abby.
Abigail: You can call me Abigail.
Me: Oh… I thought your friends called you Abby.
Me: It’s okay.
Abigail: No it isn’t. I was being rude. I just have a lot going on right now, it’s making me forget my manners.
Me: I know. And I really am sorry. I have to be honest, though; things will probably get a little worse before they get better.
Abigail: You can’t be serious!
Me: Don’t worry. I’ll give you a rest. Enough time to get comfortable in your surroundings.
Abigail: [sighs] And then you’ll make me uncomfortable again?
Me: [clears throat] Let’s talk about something more pleasant, shall we?
Abigail: Definitely. Like what?
Me: Why don’t you tell me your favorite thing about your new home?
Abigail: [pauses] Nothing comes to mind.
Me: Okay. What’s your least favorite?
Abigail: That’s just as hard. Everything is my least favorite. There’s not enough green space, my family is ridiculous, everybody looks at me like they’re expecting me to be something special. How’s that for a start?
Me: Well, maybe you are something special.
Abigail: Not yet, I’m not. If you have grand plans for me please feel free to get it going. I’m beginning to feel like a big disappointment.
Me: I’ll handle that soon enough. Have you figured out your favorite thing yet?
Abigail: Yes. But I would rather not say.
Me: It’s Oliver, isn’t it?
Me: Do you like him like him?
Abigail: No! Of course not.
Abigail: Okay. Maybe. He’s hyper and chatty and he asks too many personal
questions. I thought he was a pest at first but he’s not so bad when he actually sits still. But please don’t read too much into that. I’m not interested in romance right now. I’ve got enough on my plate. Plus I think that girl he works with, the one with the sourpuss face, would gladly chuck me right off the island if I got too close.
Me: She’s not all bad, you know. Not yet at least.
Abigail: Terrific. Are we done here? Apparently I have some [quote fingers] exploring to do.
Me: Sure. Go have fun.
Abigail: Yeah. Right. Super fun.
Me: Cute dress, by the way.
Abigail: Thank you. I made it myself.
Me: Of course you did.
Bravo! Three cheers for Miss Abigail, whose voice floats right off the screen. What I loved about this interview was how much we were able to discern about the character and the setting in a matter of a few words. Her surliness all but pops out at you, but so does her apologetic nature, which says a lot about her personality as well as the situation she's in (don't you just love the quote fingers?). I don't know bout you, but this is definitely a story I want to read. Kudos to you, Jenni, for creating Abigail, a most remarkable character. And my warmest thanks for your guest post. I'm thrilled to be able to post your interview--I hope you bring Abigail back soon.
If you would like to submit a character interview, just let me know! Please be sure to refer back to my post on character interviews.
Posted by Carolina M. Valdez Schneider at 11/07/2009 12:20:00 AM
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