First off the Lisas did a guest coup appearance on the blog Not Your Mother’s Weblog. Next we’re excited to announce on August 9 we will be featured on author Keli Gwyn’s blog Romance Writers on the Journey. Never fear, we will remind you about this gig at least 47 more times.
Today, taking a tip from Writer’s Digest: 9 Questions to Ask Your Main Character, by Alicia Rasley, we are going to interview Mary Minke from Will Steal for Shoes (WSFS), our first completed women’s fiction manuscript.
The Lisas: Welcome, Mary. When we first meet you in WSFS, it’s just after your fortieth birthday. Tell us a little something we won’t find in the book; about your childhood perhaps?
Mary: I was born in the same place I’m living now and with any luck I will soon die here too. I’m sorry, you were saying? I had a great childhood, really. Rode my bike everywhere. Talked to strangers quite frequently. Took a lot of candy from strangers, and not just on Halloween. Then, I got married, moved around the block and – did I mention I like candy? Because I’m not sure you put that in the book.
The Lisas: Bitter chocolate?
Mary: Maybe you guys aren’t doing enough to get me published, ever think of that? I resent being called a housewife. I have a crappy full-time job. And vampire? You flatter me, I should be so lucky to have been written as a vampire.
The Lisas: Whoa! Look, just because we’ve moved on to writing other books doesn’t mean you won’t always have a special place in our hearts. You’re our our first human protagonist after all. We’re just a little worried that maybe you’re…what we mean to say is…
Mary: So say it already. Shallow? One dimensional? Boring?
The Lisas: Unmarketable.
Mary: Ouch. You really know how to hurt a gal. It’s not enough that my kids have no respect, trouble follows me everywhere and I’m perimenopausal?
The Lisas: I think you should know, Lisa has gone so far as to consider rewriting you in third person.
Mary: This interview is over.
The Lisas: Now don’t be that way. We haven’t agreed to commit to anything, it just came up that’s all. Besides, research shows first person may be making a comeback. You’re not always this cranky, Mary. Remember that great time you had with your gal pals at the only swanky restaurant in town? Sure you got drunk and may or may not have committed (another) felony. And Chicago? The Chicago trip was a riot, right? A t least until you got attacked by killer butterflies. Is there any way we can redeem ourselves in your eyes, Mary?
The Lisas: What size?
Mary: It’s in the book, look it up.
The Lisas: Oh yes, chapter ten; size eights. Unless they run ridiculously small. TOL (The Other Lisa) thinks we’ve let this interview get away from us, so we’re going to have to close here. We’d like to thank our antagonist protagonist, Mary Minke, for her guest appearance.
Mary: Just be sure it isn’t my last.
The Lisas: Thank you also readers, for stopping by our blog, Lisa & Lisa Write a Book.
Mary: You weren’t exactly planning ahead with that genius title, were you?
The Lisas: Until next time, this has been Lisa – and TOL – wishing you cheery reading and cheerier characters!