BLOG BLITZ – Thursday 8 September 2016 – CHARACTER INTERVIEW
The month of September is a special time for me:
my THIRD novel and sequel to
the final in the unsavory heritage series,
SYDNEY and MARNI and CATY
note: this is four year old Marni, twin of Connie, who is named for her great-granmama Marni Barclay.
rem: Good afternoon, girls. Moms, thanks for bringing the little ones.
Caty: I’m not little. [rem: she smirked as she said this]
rem: No, Caty, you’re sure not. You’re practically grown.
Charlotte: Don’t say that to her mom!
rem: I know right! I remember when mine were that age. Caty, it’s nice to have you with us today.
Caty: A pleasure, I’m sure.
rem: She’s such a clown.
Callie: You have no idea!
rem: Actually, I kind of do…
Charlotte: Since she uncovered all the mystery in Durbin Valley, she’s like a walking stand-up routine!
rem: Making up for lost time, eh, Caty?
Caty: Somebody’s gotta make people laugh. Everybody’s too serious.
Sydney: Way too serious.
Marni: Not you though.
Sydney: We like you.
rem: Well thank you. I like you too.
Marni: Me too?
rem: Of course you too. You’re all very special to me. Who wants to tell me about what happened.
Sydney: You mean at Aunt Nancy Sue’s house?
rem: Yes ma’am.
Marni: She called you “ma’am.” Miss Robin, you’re so silly.
rem: You’re silly.
Sydney: Well, I’ll tell you what happened. It was bad, though. Evil things happened.
rem: What kind of bad things?
Marni: The devil. He hates us.
Sydney: He hates everybody.
Marni: And he wants everybody to die.
Sydney: Everybody’s gonna die anyway.
Marni: But he doesn’t want anybody to go to heaven.
rem: You’re absolutely right, Marni. You’re so smart for such a little girl.
Marni: I’m not little. I’m almost five.
rem: You’re smarter than a lot of grown-ups.
Marni: I know. Mama told me.
rem: Callie, you’ve got your hands full.
Callie: No kidding. I can hardly keep up with her.
rem: Charlotte, it’s the same with Sydney, isn’t it?
Charlotte: Oh, absolutely. It’s crazy they’re so much alike and Callie and I didn’t even know each other till after they were born.
Sydney: So anyway, Cissy thought she was evil.
Marni: Because some mean lady said so.
Caty: Cissy wasn’t evil.
rem: What happened to her?
Marni: She died.
rem: And how did you find out about her?
Sydney: She told Caty.
rem: But she died. How could she talk to Caty?
Sydney: Her spirit isn’t dead.
rem: That’s true. Only her body is gone.
Marni: But ghosts don’t talk to people.
Sydney: The Holy Ghost does.
rem: Goodness, you’re a smart girl. What about Cissy? How did she talk to you?
Marni: She didn’t talk to us. She talked to Caty.
rem: I stand corrected. How did she talk to Caty?
Sydney: Caty, I think you should tell her.
Caty: First it was the drawings and stuff Macy found.
Sydney: And the diaries. Don’t forget the diaries.
Caty: When I looked at her paintings and drawings, and her diary, it felt like.. I dunno, like she was trying to tell me something.
rem: But didn’t Macy read them, too?
Caty: Yeah, but she got bored with them.
rem: Why do you think that was?
Sydney: Because Cissy wanted to talk to Caty.
Marni: But Caty wasn’t there and Macy was. So Macy had to find the stuff and show it to Caty.
rem: Char, how do you and Callie keep up with this? Your girls are so sharp.
Sydney: We’re good girls.
Charlotte: It’s true. They’re both really good. All four of them are.
rem: I know you are, Sydney. You’re amazing. Caty, what happened when you read Cissy’s diaries?
Caty: It’s like I was there with her. Like I was her. I didn’t just hear her, I could feel her.
rem: That had to be scary.
Caty: I didn’t know what to do. But when Mama went back to Durbin, I had to go. I knew I had to go.
rem: I know Cissy is glad you listened.
Marni: Else it would have kept going.
Sydney: She means the curse would have kept going.
rem: Callie, Char, what role did your girls play in this mystery?
Sydney: We were interpreters.
Marni: Yeah, like when nobody could hear Cissy…
Sydney: …or understand her.
Marni: We helped them understand.
Caty: It’s like I could feel them, too. Even when they were little—littler—I could sense they knew what’s up.
Marni: Of course we know what’s up.
Sydney: We always know what’s up.
Marni: But Connie and Sadie don’t. They’re not like us.
rem: Of course they are. You’re twins.
Marni: Mama, she’s funny.
rem: Caty, I know you’re glad to have this solved.
Caty: It was all Cissy. She just needed somebody to listen.
rem: You’re a very special young lady.
Caty: So was Cissy.
rem: Indeed, so was Cissy. Charlotte, Callie, thank you for bringing your girls and letting them be a part of today’s interview.
Charlotte: Wild horses couldn’t have kept them away.
Sydney: Oh, Mama! That’s crazy, there aren’t any wild horses.
rem: Thank you, each one of you, for chatting on the blog today. I’ve enjoyed having you
Caty: Thank you, Miss Robin, for letting me—us—tell about Cissy. It’s important people understand.
rem: You’ll all be in my heart always—and my head.
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“I once said I should write down all the story ideas in my head so someone could write them someday. I had no idea at the time that someone was me!
I have been writing since 1995, and began working in earnest on my debut novel, Tessa in 2013. Meanwhile, I cranked out a few dozen poems, and made countless notes for story ideas. I lived with depression for many years, and the inherent feelings of worthlessness and invisibility; I didn’t want to be who I was and struggled with my own identity for many years. My characters face many of these same demons.
I write stories of identity conflict. My characters encounter situations that force the question, “Who am I, really?” For all who have ever wondered who you are or why you’re here, my stories will touch you in a very real—maybe too real—and a very deep way. I know, I write from experience.
Tessa and Clara Bess are available on Amazon, both for Kindle and in print, with the third book in the series, Cissy, coming out in September of this year. I also have several poems included in an anthology, Where Dreams and Visions Live (Anthologies of the Heart Book 1) by Mary Blowers, http://maryblowers.com, as well as a short story, Sarafina’s Light, also in an anthology, Blood Moon, compiled by Mary Blowers. I will also be working on a personal compilation of poetry to be released in 2016 as well.
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