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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Character Interview Blogfest with Evelyn Kelly

This is my entry in Sangu's blogfest. It's an interview with my character from Madame Bluestocking's Pennyhorrid, Evelyn Kelly. This interview is mostly stream-of-consciousness with very little direction. I wanted the conversation to be as "real" as possible. This to all intents and purposes: Me talking to myself.

SETTING: Coffe shop in Leesburg VA. Monica Marier (me) is sitting on a sofa with an extra large cappuccino with 2 additional shots. Kelly has a house coffee and a ham and cheese croissant.

He’s a man in his early thirties, with untidy brown hair and sleepy eyes, wearing disheveled Edwardian clothing. His fingers are constantly rapping on the table, playing with his spoon and shredding his napkin to pieces.

ME: Alright so let’s talk.

KELLY: Why me?

ME: I just want to find out more about you. You’re a character that I’m still having a little trouble understanding.

KELLY: That’s fine by me. I guess I just figured you were going to be talking to Linus today. He’s only your most successful main character. You've written three books about him.

MONICA: Exactly. I already know most everything about him. It’s you I don’t know.


(Kelly looks out the window uncomfortabley)

MONICA: You’re not drinking your coffee. Is it cold?

KELLY: I try to avoid caffeinated beverages. I’m high-strung enough as it is.

MONICA: That’s right I made you a paranoid.

KELLY: You made me a nutcase. And why an alcoholic? On top of everything?

MONICA: Well, that was kind of accidental. Since you’re living in an Edwardian world, they don’t have things like Zoloft or prozac, so I had to make do with what was available in the time period. Plus, most men I know are self-medicators. It seemed to fit.

KELLY: Don’t you already have an alcoholic main character? Linus was the flagship drunk of your brain-children. Isn’t one enough?

MONICA: Linus is a FORMER alcoholic. There’s a difference. And he drank because he was depressed, not because he was trying to stop the mad voices in his head.

KELLY: That’s fair enough, I suppose, but in my serial you have me drink no fewer than ten drinks in a single day!

MONICA: Uh…. That was because I made you a tightwad. You’ve only had that many drinks because they were all free.

KELLY: Oh, that’s not at all an Irish stereotype, is it.

MONICA: Technically, you’re from Dunray. Ireland doesn’t exist on Paracelos.

KELLY: Oh, please! Evelyn Kelly? Could I BE more Irish? I even sound like Dylan Moran in your head.

MONICA: Yeah, ok, you got me. It’s because you were an Irishman in a previous ‘life.’ You were originally an Irish orchid hunter in 1870’s. Then I decided to put you in Tereand with another daydream doodle I’d had of an Elven WWI pilot who rode a Dragon.

KELLY: Lynald Wingaurd. Who has the same initials as Linus Weedwhacker.

MONICA: (facepalm )Yeah, didn’t realize that until it was too late. Although, to be fair I could never decide whether it was Lynald or Rynald. I think for the final compilation, I’ll change it to Rynald.

KELLY: Can you change my Christian name to Steve?

MONICA: No. Evelyn stays.

KELLY: Why, for feck’s sake?

MONICA: Because it’s funny. It’s also tribute to another male Evelyn: Evelyn Waugh. Wait. I’m supposed to be asking questions. How come you’re asking all of them?

KELLY: Well?

MONICA: Well how am I supposed to find out anything about you if I don’t ask questions?

KELLY: I should think you learned something already.

MONICA: Like what? That you don’t like caffeine?

KELLY: Well, yes that, and…. I don’t like being asked questions.

MONICA: Well a fat lot of help this was.

KELLY: Should have talked to Linus. That guy doesn’t shut up.

MONICA: I need a brownie.

KELLY: Get me one too.


Sangu said...

I always find myself drawn to characters with 'sleepy eyes', so I liked Kelly off the bat. But your interview sealed it: he seems like such fun! Great interview, and I absolutely loved the last couple of lines with the brownie!

Thanks for participating!

stu said...

This seems fun, and I particularly like the thought that the character sounds like Dylan Moran in your head.

Amalia T. said...

Haha! I loved this! Sounds like a case of MC envy :P But I do kind of feel bad for him. (And now I really want a brownie.) Nicely done!

Kris & Kels said...

Bahahaha! This was so cute. For someone who says they don't know a lot about their character, you sure seemed to have him pegged!! I love his attitude :)

<3 Kelsey Leigh

Rigel said...

Haha. I loved reading this. Kelly is an interesting character. I hope to learn more about him and the book! :)

Tessa Conte said...

Hehe this is great! I love the way the interview 'gets away from you'. And I kind of like Kelly, too. Evelyn Kelly. Hehe. Well, I guess he wouldn't have stood out so much in the old days!

Great stuff. ; )

Andrew Rosenberg said...

I want a drink with that dude. After a few he'd open right up.
And why are characters so defensive anyways? You'd think they would be grateful for us creating them but all they do is complain. Check my entry for an example.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Fiesty and disgruntled!

RaShelle said...

This was great. Will you get me a brownie too? LOL Eesh, now I'm going to have to make brownies.

elizabeth mueller said...

Oooh, I daresay you and Kelly have great rapport! Wonderfully written and fun! Thank you for sharing your writing with us!!

Please come by and read mine when you get the chance! ;)

Dawn Embers said...

Mmmm brownies... I mean, great interview. ;-)

Even when a character seems like they don't give much in their answers, we learn quite a lot from how the author goes about the "interview" and this is a good example of that.