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    I think we have some commonalities, Terry. For one thing, I'm probably about your age, maybe a bit older. I was around when ballpoint pens were invented, for instance, and also used party lines.

    Another thing you mentioned was:

    I get to know my characters just like I get to know people in real life, by interacting with them as I write. I do very superficial character sketches of my main characters for my books, but most of their personality is uncovered as I write. It doesn’t take long. Sometimes I am surprised by a facet which pops up later in the book, but usually I get to know them very quickly.
    I use the same method. Reading it from you, I wonder if that's a trait we older writers excel at that younger one have problems with? Is it that over all our years we become familiar with a lot of character traits, both unusual and mundane? That when it comes to choosing them, we have a larger mental database to choose from? No need for us older writers to ponder on and profile characters. We have them in our memories.

    Charlie

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    I think we have some commonalities, Terry. For one thing, I'm probably about your age, maybe a bit older. I was around when ballpoint pens were invented, for instance, and also used party lines.

    Another thing you mentioned was:



    I use the same method. Reading it from you, I wonder if that's a trait we older writers excel at that younger one have problems with? Is it that over all our years we become familiar with a lot of character traits, both unusual and mundane? That when it comes to choosing them, we have a larger mental database to choose from? No need for us older writers to ponder on and profile characters. We have them in our memories.

    Charlie
    I never thought about it in that way, but you may well be right. Although, instead of a database my head has a wall full of old wooden file cabinets overstuffed with photos and scraps of paper.
    “Fools” said I, “You do not know
    Silence like a cancer grows
    Hear my words that I might teach you
    Take my arms that I might reach you”
    But my words like silent raindrops fell
    And echoed in the wells of silence : Simon & Garfunkel


    Those who enjoy stirring the chamber-pot should be required to lick the spoon.

    Our job as writers is to make readers dream, to infiltrate their minds with our words and create a new reality; a reality not theirs, and not ours, but a new, unique combination of both.

    Visit Amazon and the Kindle Store to check out Reflections in a Black Mirror, and Chase

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    Great interview. As I'm trying to become a writer myself, he's right -- Writing helps a lot more then thinking about it.

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    Terry--great interview! The thing that stands out to me is the dedication that you have for your writing. I also remember the partyline phone , I was caught evesdropping ,[hey--I was only about 6 or 7 ]. I will be sending you a PM to purchase Chase from you, I will want Esteban and Morty [from the Halloween game thread] to sign your book also, as I fell madly in love with both characters, [just ask morty not to drip any slime on my new book].
    When I read your description of Chase, I was sick at the thought of dog fighting, and of using a Golden as bait. I may have to skip that part... Thanks for a great interview, I am looking forward to owing your books. Peace...Jul
    She lost herself in the trees,
    among the ever-changing leaves.
    She wept beneath the wild sky
    as stars told stories of ancient times.
    The flowers grew toward her light,
    the river called her name at night.
    She could not live an ordinary life,
    with the mysteries of the universe
    hidden in her eyes....
    Author: Christy Ann Martine

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
    Author unknown.

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    Thanks, so much, kenkenkenu and Jul. Jul, the golden retriever you see in my current avatar was the inspiration (and namesake) for the dog in my book. Also, I've checked and both Morty and Estaban are more than happy to inscribe a copy for you.
    “Fools” said I, “You do not know
    Silence like a cancer grows
    Hear my words that I might teach you
    Take my arms that I might reach you”
    But my words like silent raindrops fell
    And echoed in the wells of silence : Simon & Garfunkel


    Those who enjoy stirring the chamber-pot should be required to lick the spoon.

    Our job as writers is to make readers dream, to infiltrate their minds with our words and create a new reality; a reality not theirs, and not ours, but a new, unique combination of both.

    Visit Amazon and the Kindle Store to check out Reflections in a Black Mirror, and Chase

    Hidden Content






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    Many thanks Morty and Esteban! Oh---and of course, you too Terry!
    She lost herself in the trees,
    among the ever-changing leaves.
    She wept beneath the wild sky
    as stars told stories of ancient times.
    The flowers grew toward her light,
    the river called her name at night.
    She could not live an ordinary life,
    with the mysteries of the universe
    hidden in her eyes....
    Author: Christy Ann Martine

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal,
    love leaves a memory no one can steal....
    Author unknown.

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