Am I? Am I “a character?” Well, my mom always said I am. Someone would ask about my character and that’s what she’d say. “Oh, she’s a character all right.” So, there you have it. Easiest answer of them all.
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Okay, so that’s not the actual question. Joy really asked, “What is the character most like you?”
It’s a tough question. See, if you said, “What parts of you are in what characters?” I’d absolutely have an easy time answering it. I love to smock (and look a little) like Grace, write like Annis (from The Course, and–can’t believe I’m saying this, but–I think I’d actually like to teach like her).
I have a bit of Andi’s (from Volition) stubborn opinions and Alexa’s “couldn’t care less what the world thinks” attitude (she shows it in her wardrobe etc.).
I have Willow’s (although, I’ve learned to temper it better) tendency to say what I think. Frankly, if you don’t want my opinion, please don’t ask for it. You’re likely to hear what you don’t want to.
While not exactly how Aggie does it, I do tend to sing when I need to steady myself or when I want to feel close to Dad if I’m missing him.
Since none of that helped me discovered which character is most like me, I asked others.
My assistant, Christy, says I’m Jonathan in Speak Now. Obviously, not the “no talking” part, because I tend to fill awkward silences with a lot of rambling nonsense. I’m shy, and it’s a coping mechanism I never grew out of (although, I am better). She says the way he does say things and how he thinks–his voice–is very like me. I can see that. Funny thing is, I came up with Dean from Corner Booth. My other character who didn’t have as much to say. Well, he did. He just didn’t say it. I see a lot of me in Dean. The propensity to talk too much, the need to fix problems, and the habit of fixing one problem by swinging to the opposite extreme. His arrogance, alas… sigh.
But the character I IDENTIFY with most would definitely be the dual-personality of Dani/Ella in None So Blind.
So… there you have it. Me in a literary bag of nuts (because I don’t literatively or metaphorically fit in any shell).
Thank you, Joy for a fabulous question! I’m zipping you an Amazon Gift Card sometime today. Remember, if you send me an Author Q&A question and I use it, I will send that gift card as my thanks for playing along. Have a great day!