This week the topic is:
Interview one of your characters. Introduce them to a new audience or give existing readers new insight into their motivations.
I thought I’d interview Jill Hayes, who is one of the main characters in my new 31,000 word novella ‘Examining Kitchen Cupboards‘, a small part of which is based on my own experience whilst working in a college’s Exams department back in 1999. The book was published on 7th December.
Stevie: Jill, do you like your new job as an Examinations Assistant?
Jill: No, not really. I don’t think my boss likes me. I can’t seem to do anything right. And.. there’s another thing.
Jill: I’ve found out something. Everyone knows it’s going on, but nobody talks about it.
Stevie: Can you be a bit more specific?
Jill: I’ve since been told to keep quiet and that what goes on in Daxton College has to stay in the college. However, before I was silenced I was so angry at what I found out that I decided to turn whistle-blower and write some letters to national newspapers under an assumed name.
Stevie: Any luck?
Jill: No. I was told by a succession of editors that they understand my frustrations, but they would not be able to print my letters because they are too controversial.
Stevie: Sounds intriguing!
Jill: Yeah, so I wrote to my MP, who told me of somebody else to write to. When I wrote to them, my son was abducted, beaten up by persons unknown, and told to inform me to shut up.
Stevie: Wow. So you’re not going to spill the beans then?
Jill: Not now. I’m getting out. I’ve found another job. Any job is better than the one I’ve currently got.
Stevie: Good luck, Jill. Hope it all works out for you.
Jill doesn’t realise what the far-reaching effects are going to be of trying to turn whistle-blower. Luckily I didn’t suffer the same outcome, but like her I got out of that job as soon as I could find another one.
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