I received an interesting question from a reader, and I thought it deserved an answer. I didn’t readily have one either, I had to really dig for it. (BTW, that disturbed me a bit.)
“Why do all your characters puke and/or cry?”
AnnMarie C. Indiana
I found this to be a very fascinating and disturbing question at the same time. Although my characters tell me about themselves, not the other way around, there is a touch of me, my stamp, in/on the characters I guess. I hardly ever cry when I’m hurt. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not cold hearted, it’s just not how I express that emotion. (I cry for certain tv shows, but we don’t talk about that.) I do however cry when I am so mad, I mean pissed. Like I’m about to cut someone…29 times…and swear before a jury I tripped and fell…with a knife…repeatedly…into another person. If you ever see me crying, don’t pat me on the back and ask what’s wrong, RUN. Now, puking I realized I do use to express emotions, sadly (and grossly). Strong emotions across the board manifest in my gut. I get nauseous and feel like I have the stomach flu or ate bad sushi.
So, I guess in a way my characters have a little of me in them, and a little of what’s not in me but maybe I wish was, if that makes sense?
If you have a question you want me to try to answer, bring it on. I’ll do my best.
(I may even send you a little something for your effort.)