My book (which I've just started and is not at all yet finished) which is based on the plot explained in the examples in my post 'how to find a good plot', is now interviewed by myself. (Some of the questions are taken from Miss Dashwood's blog, 'the Quest for stories')
~What's the name of your project? When did you first come up with the idea? And how long have you been working on it?
My novel is called Suxbury village. Basically the title is a little like Cranford- you know, there’s a little village, and the story takes place there. Citizens fall in love or make enemies with each-other, and almost everything comes out of the village.
I came up with the idea- I don’t know really. I had made myself a neat little plot and I decided it would take place in an exact replica of Cranford- Suxbury Village there you go!
I’ve been working on it for- let’s see- just two months or so? Yes, I know- it’s dangerously new, so I might well stop soon. But I’m still really enthusiastic about it and hope very much to finish it well. I’m currently on my second chapter.
~Sum up your novel in five words or less.
A different, younger Cranford
~Who is your favourite character? Tell us about him or her.
My favourite character is Martha, Mary’s older and closest sister. Firstly, I like her because she’s such immense fun to write about! Secondly, I like her because she’s such a dreamy-head and because she’s so funny. Sometimes she’s an immensely wild tomboy, and then she’s a sweet elegant lady.
~Where does your novel take place? What time period?
It takes place in England, in Suxbury village, which is an exact replica of Cranford. My story is set in the Edwardian Era.
~Do you have a theme song for your story? What is it?
A rooling, wooling, dancy waltz.
~What's been the hardest part to write so far?
The part where the hero, Mr Matthew Knightley asks Mary to dance. I don't know why, but I just had problems writing this sentence:
‘May I have this dance?’ he asked, making a short and solemn bow.
Ridiculous, I know.
~Which chapter was your favourite so far?
The first. I like writing first chapters. Cough.
~Can you share one of your favourite snippets?
‘The people in London are snobbish and think only of money.' began Mr Knightley. 'My mother forced me to ask the most ridiculous ladies to dance. Once I danced with a lady who spoke of nothing but lace. She actually managed to engage me into a whole conversation about the dull subject!’
Mary laughed a little, wondering whether Mr Knightley was exaggerating perhaps a little bit. He was talking in a very serious way, but that only made it funnier.
‘No- I take that back,’ said Mr Knightley after a moments pondering. ‘She did not engage me, it wasn’t a conversation, it was a monologue, and it wasn’t dull, it was extremely dull.’
Mary stifled one of her upcoming snorts. ‘You are quite witty sir.’
Mr Knightley smiled. ‘Thank you.’
~Are any aspects of your story drawn directly from your own life? Give us an example.
The main character is quite similar to me, and she’s part of a big family, like me. But… for the rest it’s entirely fictional.
~Your main character gets dumped into a big city in the modern era (or if you're writing a contemporary work, he/she gets dumped in medieval London). How does he/she respond?
Mary looked around, blinked once or twice and decided she was having a nightmare.
~Who's the funniest character in your story? Tell us why! Give examples! Support your argument. :D
I think one of the funniest characters isPeggy, Mary’s younger sister, who’s exactly like Anne Shirley (only a shade less chatty). She has some rather melodramatically funny quotes. One of them:
‘Yes mama,’ mumbled Peggy through her tears. ‘It’s just that- I had looked forward to it so much! You cannot know how it feels. I am currently doomed into a pool of wretched hopes, buried forever.’
She’s funny because she doesn’t know she is.
~If you were forced to eliminate a character from your story--just wash them clean off the slate--who would it be?
I would clean off Ethel Yateson, Ella, Mary’s best friend’s younger sister. She has a rather minor role which I would easily miss.
~Do you plan on writing a sequel to your novel?
No sirree. I’ve got enough with one book.
~Do you have a dream-cast for your characters?
Well, I've got a face for everyone, so yes, I do have a dream cast. This is the main family in the story: the family Dimmer:
I hope that introduced you to the family Dimmer and Suxbury Village in general!