Monica Enderle PierceTotally Sane Interviews with Vampires, Hobbits, and Talking Toads
I can't tell you how pleased I am to host an interview by Monica Enderle Pierce. You might know her better as @ThePreyers on Twitter, although Preyers is obviously not her name; rather, it is the title of her adult dark fantasy novel. If you haven't come across Monica yet, I urge you to find her on Twitter and *follow follow follow. Monica has been such an encouraging and supportive person to get to know, and the few bits I've read of her work have already made me very excited to read her book.
A little background on Monica Enderle Pierce, in her own words
Writing is in Monica Enderle Pierce’s blood and background. Her mother is Judith Ross Enderle, an award-winning children’s author, and Monica worked for the Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators for six years. So, what, you may ask, is she doing writing adult dark fantasy and paranormal fiction? She can’t say, but her mother is really, really happy to see her writing anything! Monica has an English Literature degree from UCLA and blames her years spent disemboweling Shakespeare, Milton, Brontë, and the gang for her complete inability to write fiction after she left college. She credits her new-found writing mania to the birth of her daughter and some strange genetic anomaly that prompts the women in her family to become creatively driven in their thirties. (Fear not, all that literary analysis proved handy when she began writing in earnest.) PREYERS is Monica’s first novel and, she knows, not her last. Now, if only she can land an agent and a contract and ....
Folks, I have a sneaking suspicion that not only will Monica find an agent quite soon, I'm certain PREYERS will rock the charts. Now, allow me to present to you Monica's interview with the remarkable (yet sometimes ornery) main characters of PREYERS: Matilde Royce, Thomas Rector, and Bartholomew Pelletier--all of whom seem to do an excellent job of ignoring their creator. Let's see how Monica copes:
*Say Your PreyersMEP: Alright, my friends, now’s your chance. Hit me with your questions. As Matilde once said, “No subject is off limits. But, not all questions may be answered.”
[Matilde and Thomas laugh.]
Bartholomew: Bon. Explain the ending of this book, Auteur. What is he still doing here?
Matilde: Bartholomew, please. Thomas helps me be what you want me to be -- humane. And, he keeps me safe, from you and myself.
[Thomas is muttering in Latin]
Bartholomew: [to Thomas] If you have something to say, Priest, say it. Otherwise, la ferme.
Thomas: I can think of worse things than being alive, and with Matilde. Obviously, she needs both of us. I’m certainly not thrilled to share her attention with you.
Bartholomew: You and me, sooner or later, Priest. We will finish this.
Thomas: Any time you want a personal escort to Hell-.
Matilde: [interrupting] Stop it! The end was my doing, Bartholomew.
Bartholomew: You are just a tool, ma chérie.
Thomas: Careful ....
MEP: Matilde is right and wrong, Bartholomew. It was her doing, but my idea. I don’t expect you to be happy about it. I didn’t write this to make any of you happy. Now, someone ask me another question. Please.
Matilde: [to Bartholomew] I can never trust you, remember? No matter how much I want to; you said it yourself.
Thomas: [to Bartholomew] You’re not God.
MEP: Hellooo? Question? Thomas, ask me something.
Thomas: [to MEP] Oh, sorry. Ahhh. Are we fallen angels or escapees from Hell?
MEP: Interesting question. What do you think you are?
Matilde: [looks at Bartholomew, who is smoking and ignoring Thomas] Bartholomew and I escaped from Hell; Thomas fell to Earth.
Bartholomew: We have not escaped anything. We are dragging everyone down to us. Hence, your fallen priest. He didn’t put up much fight, if I remember correctly.
Thomas: [to Bartholomew] I see why God ignores you.
Bartholomew: [slowly exhales smoke] Enculé. I don’t think I’ll wait-
Matilde: Goddamn it! Can’t we have any peace? Honestly! If I wasn’t stuck with the two of you, I’d send you both straight to Hell and take a vacation! God knows I could use one, after this book. You’re both on your worst behavior tonight.
Bartholomew: [chuckles] Forgive me. I was simply amusing myself. Right, Auteur?
Thomas: I’m sorry, Matilde.
Matilde: Don’t apologize to me!
Bartholomew: [he looks at MEP] To her? [he exhales a cloud of smoke]
Thomas: [to MEP] Please excuse Bartholomew; he can’t help being a bastard, he’s old and French.
Bartholomew: [laughing] Bon, Priest, bon. I will give you that one. But, I still plan to kill you.
Matilde: [quietly, to MEP] Please tell me something. Why is my existence punctuated with loss and struggle? Why didn’t you let me die when I should have?
Bartholomew: Chérie. [he pulls Matilde to him]
MEP: Matilde, bad things have to happen or it’s a boring, pointless story. If you had died, there would be no book, no Thomas, no Bartholomew. Would you prefer that?
Matilde [whispers] Bitch.
Thomas: [stands] I think we’d better leave. I’m sorry we ruined your interview.
MEP: You all gave a lot more than you think. And, I’m sorry, too. For a lot of things.
[Bartholomew keeps his arm around Matilde as the three vampires leave.]
MEP: [sighs] It’s hard to be a monster.
Excellent, no? I love the interaction between all of them...such strong, distinct voices. Honestly, I had to read the interview out loud--what beautiful dialogue! And yes, I did affect a French accent when reading Bartholomew's lines. Lie all you want, we still know you did, too.
A big thanks to Monica for her participation in my character interviews series! What a fantastic interview and a brilliant writer/Tweetie to work with (no, I will not apologize for ending with a preposition at). I can't wait to read Preyers! Intriguing premise and delicious characters...oh yeah, I'm in.
If you would like to participate in the character interviews series, be sure to check out Why You Should Interview Your Characters and drop me a line (leave a comment or find me on Twitter)...would love it if you would do that anyway. Thanks for stopping by, and please remember to spay and neuter your pets.
I always wanted to end a really cool blog post this way. Man, I miss Bob Barker. In honor of his memory, I will post a picture of my dog, who I also miss.
I love a good non sequitur.
*Though I realize you can't copyright titles, I wanted to give proper credit, so you should know, this title was attached to Monica's interview when she sent it to me. All hers. Yep yep.
**Monica (as @ThePreyers) is also often found at #amwritingparty on Twitter, which I urge you to check out--a great, supportive bunch. It's how I first came across Monica!