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I've been creative writing all my life, though with various haitus(es) along the way. IFrom 2010 I started this blog and enjoyed sharing writing and other information with everyone. illness and bereavement supplied the more recent hiatus.

Monday 6 February 2012

Characters on the Couch Blogfest #1

This blogfest is being hosted by: Cassie Mae and Angela Cothran with prizes!
Characters on the couch: Have one of your characters answer the following questions (to make this work to your benefit, choose a character who is the hardest for you to write :) Max 250 words (Not including the questions—only the answers).

This is a conversation between my MC, Ginny Hart, and her best friend, Gussie (aka Augusta Fairbank, whose chapters I decided to delete from the MS because I had too many POVs in the story. I was also aware that with both character's names beginning with a G this might also confuse the reader).

So Ginny, what is your biggest vulnerability?

A large glass of wine is my biggest weakness. Okay I'm seriously stalling here. I adore my husband, Bernard. I couldn’t be without him. Will that do? My life at the moment is just how I want it.

What do people believe about you that is false?
Most likely that I cannot manage on my own. That I need my husband to look after me. I could manage, I just wouldn’t want to and let’s face it, he needs me just as much.

What would I, Gussie, as  your best friend say is your fatal flaw? Why?
That I’m not maternal. I’m really not overly fond of the idea of being a mum. I’d hate all that pain and bloating. I dread to imagine the horrors of childbirth. And nappies, Yeuch! Oh, I know Bernard adores children and I pretend to be trying for a child, for his sake, but I’m still secretly popping contraceptives every day to ensure that it doesn’t happen. Why would I give up this life, my life for something that squawked, puked and pooped all day and night? I figure what Bernard doesn’t know won’t hurt him.

What would I, your best friend, say is your redeeming quality?
That I know what I want and go out of my way to get it. I’m resourceful like Becky Sharpe in Vanity Fair and you admire that Gussie, because let’s face it you’re just too nice.  Perhaps I shouldn’t be telling you this, but if you were less meek and accommodating with everybody you’d always get what you wanted, too.

What do you want most and what would you do to get it?
Life to remain exactly as it is. I would do anything to keep it that way, if I've not done it already.
(250 words not including questions)

 So what does that tell you about my MC?
Check out my next entry #2 Dialogue


  1. It tells me Ginny has a lot of character issues to resolve to make the overall plot work.

    Wow, I'm intrigued by Ginny's self motivation and self sufficiency. I like the literary bent to this novel concept. I (as a reader) could totally empathize with Ginny.


  2. Ginny is an interesting character, that's for sure. Very conniving.

  3. Ginny is most conflicted!! I fear for her and her hubbby's marriage - already the lies are festering!! Oh dear!

    What a fun blogfest! Yay! Take care

  4. i take it her world is about to be rocked by a baby, a divorce or a crazy random alien landing?
    she's cozy! i'd like to hear her upset!

  5. Well I'm thinking Ginny's world is about to change, whether she likes it or not! I'm certainly intrigued.

  6. I like Ginny! I can certainly relate to the large glass of wine. :)

  7. Ha! Love her attitude. Especially the answer about children and wanting her life to stay the way it is. You just know it's all going to blow up.

  8. Wine... Yes, that's one of my fave weaknesses too. haha. As for what it tells me about Ginny, I'm thinking she's probably headed for trouble what with deceiving her hubby that way, and with being so headstrong & out there about getting what she wants. Not that I think those things are bad (well, maybe the hubby deception), but still, I think she may get herself into a tangle.;)

    Love her voice!

  9. Ginny is conflicted and could be heading for trouble. This makes her intriguing.

  10. I think Ginny's about to find herself "with child" and will have a lot of issues to face.

  11. Ooh, she's a bit devious! I like that she is happy at the moment, but I sense something big is about to come along and damage it all! Excellent post!

  12. Oh I like Kyra's word... devious. Makes me think she's doing a 'mwhahaha!' every time she takes her birth control, lol.

  13. Thanks everyone.
    It's a great blogfest and there are some awesome entries. I don't envy Cassie Mae having to choose the winner.

  14. Ginny is honest and knows her vices. Gotta love her!

  15. What a great character! I would call her selfish, but I don't think she would--that is what I love! Great job ;)

  16. She sounds like determined character!

  17. I can imagine Ginny's world turning topsy-turvy since she's so comfortable. Great character interview.

  18. Hmmm what an interesting character. Obviously driven, and possibly a little in denial. She can't live without her husband, and yet she's endangering her relaationship by keeping such a huge secret from him!

    Very interesting.

  19. Aha, she's a stubborn one! Nice interview. :)

  20. Wow, Ginny's tough! I'm guessing that since she wants to keep life all the same, something happens to completely change it...??
    Great job :)

  21. Madeleine, there's an award for you over at my blog.

  22. Feisty character you have there... those are the best! :D
    Great job!

  23. I wanted you to know you are in my top 10 for this challenge :)

  24. What an insightful interview. She strikes me as very self centred and selfish - but has no idea she is and probably thinks she's a really nice person and believes her husband is happy, despite the lack of communication. Obviously her world's about to be turned upside down. Pity really because I don't think she means to be like that!

  25. Bless you Angela, thank you
    Thanks to everyone for their great feedback.


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