This week, my Accountability Group is interviewing one of our characters. I chose the heroine of the next story on my To Write list. I started a new story earlier this year, but had a hard time getting in her head. I made progress on the story, but she was really stiff and bland. So I figured the interview would give me some insight into what makes her who she is.
Full name: Alexandria Crawford
Nickname: She hates when people call her Alex.
When and where were you the happiest?
When I was living with my mother. She died when I was ten. We were living in Reno, NV. My mom worked at one of the smaller casinos. We didn’t have much money. Or a lot things. But she went out of her way to let me know she loved me. And that I was special. We didn’t have a dining room table so we ate on a blanket on the floor. We called our meal times picnics.
What is your greatest fear?
I’m guessing you don’t mean spiders and clowns. My greatest fear…is being helpless. Being at the mercy of someone else. I’ve been in that position and never want to go there again.
What is your greatest regret?
I try not to think about the things I wish I’d done or hadn’t done. Why make myself miserable thinking about things like that? I made a decision and I have to live with the consquences of it.
What is your most treasured possession?
The quilt my mom and I had our picnics on. It worn with some food stains. I keep it on my bed as a reminder of where I’ve come from. And to remember my mom. Sometimes I wrap myself in it when I’m sad or having a terrible day.
What is the trait you most deplore in others?
Lying. People are so quick to lie or stretch the truth so they can get what they want. They don’t care who they hurt in the process. Their only concern is themselves. They don’t think about the long-term effect their lies have on other people.
What is your motto?
Don’t look back. You can’t change what’s already happened so why dwell on it?