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Hello, fellow writers! I have a request.

 

I am working on a project tentatively titled 1000 Questions to Ask Your Character, and I need a proofreader just to check for duplicate questions. It’s a fairly easy task, and in exchange you would receive a free digital copy of my eBook when it is published. I may be biased, but having one thousand questions to ask your characters seems rather useful.

 

If you are interested, please leave a comment or e-mail me at letterstogodpublications@gmail.com

An Interview with the Author 

​Hello, all. Today I will be interviewing myself about my new series, Letters to God. Let’s get started.

Me: Hello, Miss Cacciatore. How are you today?

The Author: Before I answer that question, would you like my response to be in freeform or rhyme? Joking, joking. (laughs) I am well. Yourself?

Me: Unsurprisingly, the same.
The Author: Let us get to the heart of the matter. I hear you wanted to interview me?

Me: Yes indeed. To start off, why don’t you introduce yourself to the audience?

(The camera pans to the ‘audience.’ Crickets sing.)

The Author: (laughs) Well, my name is Caitlin Cacciatore, I was born and raised in New York City, and I am the proud parent of a tiny black panther named Figaro. He’s actually just a black cat I rescued three Octobers ago, but he prefers me to refer to him as one of his more wild relatives. I am of an age of sorrow, an age of change, an age of joy, and an age of impatient, restless, reckless waiting. Oh, and I am a poet as well.

Me: I was led to believe you were an author?

The Author: Oh, well, I thought that was implied by my title. Yes, I am an author as well, but I prefer be be referred to as a poet, for it is through poetry that my heart sings truest.

Me: That was very, well, poetic. Please do tell us about your latest work. The audience is eagerly waiting.

(The camera pans once more. Silence falls.)

The Author: Thank you, thank you. Please, no clapping. I am but a humble practitioner of the art of poetry. Now, I have several projects in the makings at the moment, but I believe you brought me here to discuss Letters to God, unless I am mistaken?

Me: Not at all. Why don’t we start with a simple question. What inspired Letters to God?

The Author: Letters to God isn’t just a series; it’s a personal journey. I began writing in June of 2016, when my life was changing very rapidly and I was caught up in a whirlwind of various milestones and setbacks. I won’t go into detail, but Letters to God was written at a time when my faith was up in the air and I was full of nothing but doubt. God saves, though, and He saved me. I found God, realized He’d been waiting for me, then set out on a journey to praise Him and spread the Word through a series of prayer books.

Me: That’s excellent. Tell us more about this journey of yours. Where do you hope it will leave you?

The Author: That is for God to know and me to find out.

Me: That is one way of looking at it. Tell us what we can expect to see in your series.

The Author: A whole lot of prayer. A lot of prayers asking God of help, a lot of prayers praising Him and His grace and His glory and His kingdom, and a few prayers simply wondering at the beauty of His Creation. Some of the prayers are based directly on quotes from Scripture; others are indirectly based on my readings of the Bible, my conversations with other believers, and my own life experiences.

Me: God is great. We all know that prayer and Scripture are ways to move closer to Him and further from sin, so I’m glad you’re spreading the Word.

The Author: Thank you. I believe that about concludes our interview?

Me: Wait! The audience wants to know more about your other projects!

(The camera starts to pan, then decides not to bother.)

The Author: Well, I’m working on 13 Letters to God books in total, my chapbook is going to be published in two days, and I’m working on another project tentatively titled 1000 Questions to Ask Your Character.

Me: Interesting indeed. I hope we’ll see you soon in another interview?

The Author: Of course. I’m always up for a good questioning. (Joke.) Now let me leave you with this verse: “And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:7) Amen.

(A recorded audience roars. The camera pans skyward and fades out…)

Update: 1000 Questions to Ask Your Character

Hello, friends, family, fellow lovers of the written word.

I have been working on a new project, tentatively titled 1000 Questions to Ask Your Character.

I may have written 1,000 questions for you to ask your characters, but I have just one question for you: Which title, of out the following nine, do you prefer?

  • 1000 Questions to Ask Your Character
  • 1000 Questions to Ask Your Characters
  • One Thousand Questions to Ask Your Character
  • One Thousand Questions to Ask Your Characters
  • 1000 Questions to Ask About Your Character
  • 1000 Questions to Ask Your Character: A Writer’s Toolkit
  • 1000 Questions to Ask Your Character: A Writer’s Toolbox
  • 1000 Questions to Ask Your Character: A Writer’s Aid
  • 1000 Questions to Ask Your Character: A Writer’s Guide
  • 1000 Questions to Ask Your Character: A Writer’s Guide to Creating Believable Characters

Vote in the comments!

 

A Question For the Writers of the World

Now that I have your attention, authors, here is my question: If you could meet up for coffee with one of your characters, what would you ask them?

 

The best thing about this particular question is that it’s easily answered. To your character, you are God. You are their Creator, you determine the course of their lives, you feel their suffering, or at the very least you write about it in your journal, and you are the one who knows more about them than anyone else in the entire universe.

 

So, as a God, albeit not an omniscient one (otherwise you wouldn’t have come here!), you can answer any questions you have about your character. You might need to ask a few other questions in the process, so let’s check it out with an example question – “What was your character’s childhood like?”

 

You can ask questions like “What was my character’s relationship with their mother?” and “Was my character adopted?” and ‘What was my character’s favorite childhood toy?” to get at the heart of the matter. Just keep asking for details (and, well, providing those details) until you’ve got a satisfactory answer to your question.

 

Speaking about asking your characters questions, be on the look out for my new project, 1000 Questions to Ask About Your Character, coming in Autumn 2016~

From the Archives: Man Stands on the Edge of His Dreams

Man Stands on the Edge of His Dreams

Dated May 26, 2006

Man stands on the edge of his dreams,
On the narrow line between waking and sleeping.

A continuous pattern of night and day,
Light and dark,
Dreaming and day dreaming.

Drifting and floating,
Swimming and flying,
Into the darkness,
Out of the light.

What is real,
What is not,
Forever straddling the border;
Man stands on the edge of his dreams.