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One of the many things I enjoy about being an author is the prep work that goes into a book. Recently, a reader asked me about my writing process and I explained how I “interview” all my main characters.
This interview process has become a vital part of my writing ritual and I’ve never shared a character’s interview. Before today, I imagined sharing an interview would be the equivalent of opening the character’s soul to the world. During the interviews, some characters chatter away while others are brief and to the point, but they always tell me their biggest fears and their ugliest secrets. That’s the good stuff that helps me figure out what motivates them.
Typically these interviews are pages and pages long, but I thought I’d share (with her permission!) a small section of an interview with Emma Sinclair, the heroine of The Prosecutor.
Adrienne: Emma, would you please tell me about yourself?
Emma: My birthday is May 24, so I’m a Gemini. My father died when I was sixteen. My mother is still alive. I have one younger brother, Brian. He’s 24 and currently in prison, but I know he’s innocent. I moved in with my mother after my brother went to jail because I couldn’t stand the idea of her being alone.
Adrienne: What do you look like?
Emma: I’m 26 years old. I’m 5’5” and weigh about 125. Not skinny, but not heavy. Just average. I’m average all around. I have brown hair and brown eyes. If I try, I can be downright pretty. Sometimes, I’m just a jeans and T-shirt girl.
Adrienne: What is your personality like?
Emma: I change my mind quickly. I’m fickle and get bored easily. I can jump from assignment to assignment with no problem, and I probably shouldn’t admit this but I get really frustrated with indecisive people. I can also get an enormous amount of work done in an hour. Oh, and I’m a speed reader. I’m also good at persuading people to do things. People tell me it’s hard to say no to me and that I could sell a dog off a meat truck. I need a ton of sleep because my active brain exhausts me. I’m always looking for ways to improve things and that takes a lot of energy. After all we’ve been through as a family, I can pretty much adjust to any environment.
Adrienne: You sound really smart.
Emma: I am smart. My brain moves really fast. I went to U of Illinois for undergrad as a Liberal Arts major. After college, I got a job at a PR and lobbying firm as an administrative assistant. I learned how to deal with politicians there. I’d been working there for two years when my brother was convicted of murder. While trying to prove his innocence, I decided since I was spending so much time studying his case, I might as well go to law school so I could better understand the system. I'm now a law student at Northwestern Law.
Adrienne: Okay, what are some of your failings?
Emma: Sometimes I feel like there are so many. Right now, I’m failing at getting my innocent brother out of prison.
Adrienne: How do you feel about men?
Emma: Yes, please. Kidding! I like having men around, but between work and school, I don’t have time. It’s been months since I went on a date. I definitely haven’t found the right guy yet. I always think I have and then it falls apart. I guess I find something perfect in every guy I meet but then another one comes along and he has something else perfect. If I could add up all the perfects I find, I’d have the guy for me. Until then, I’ll just wait.
Adrienne: What are some of your goals?
Emma: My only goal right now is to make my family whole again. As whole as it can be without my dad. That means bringing my brother home. When I achieve that goal, I’ll focus on my own life.
Adrienne: What’s at stake for you in this book?
Emma: If Brian stays in jail, my family will be torn apart for the next 25 years. I don’t know if my mother could survive that.
Adrienne: What is your biggest fear?
Emma: That my brother will die in prison.
Adrienne: What do you like about Zac?
Emma: He’s so steady and sure. Unemotional. He puts his head down and pushes through problems. I also love his sense of focus. He sees a target and goes straight for it. I meander on the way to the target.
Adrienne: Why do you think you’ll be good together?
Emma: We balance each other. Maybe he can teach me to slow down and not be in such a hurry to move on to the next thing or phase or whatever. That’s what I would enjoy.
Adrienne: When you die, what do you want people to say about you?
Emma: That’s a good one. I guess I want people to say I figured it out. That I got my brother exonerated and put my family back together. That would make me proud.
Adrienne: Thank you, Emma.
Emma: Sure. I’m going back to studying now. Bye.
Readers, now that we’ve picked Emma’s brain, who are some characters you would like to interview? Leave a comment for a chance to win a digital copy of Risking Trust, the first book in my Private Protectors series.
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USA Today bestselling author Adrienne Giordano writes romantic suspense and mystery. She is a Jersey girl at heart, but now lives in the Midwest with her workaholic husband, sports obsessed son and Buddy the Wheaten Terrorist (Terrier). She is a co-founder of Romance University blog and Lady Jane's Salon-Naperville, a reading series dedicated to romantic fiction.
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