So I had a Supernatural marathon on the other day while I was working on some of the lighter lifting of the writing life—answering emails, keeping up on my social networking, following up on an acceptance letter for a poem—and in the episode on the TV, Sam and Dean are on a “hunt” when they find a novel that sounds suspiciously like their own story.
In fact, everything about the novel is just like them. Naturally, they go to find the author. Let me paraphrase the scene:
Author: I’m sorry. I don’t see how this is possible. I imagined you.
Sam/Dean: We’ll here we are.
Author: I was going for a Vonnegut thing, writing a scene where I’m confronted by the characters I created.
Sam/Dean: So what happens next?
You can see how this got me thinking. What if I was confronted by my characters? Which character would I want to walk into the apartment and say, “What’s for dinner?” (Chinese takeout, in case you were wondering.)
My first instinct was to say that I wanted to meet the hero of my new book, It Happened One Night. Eli Ward is a meteorite hunter who has just the right mix of alpha and beta. I’ve been getting a lot of letters and comments about readers being in love with Eli, and I certainly wouldn’t mind chatting with him over my fried rice.
But then, the more I got thinking about it, the character I’d really like to meet is Beatrice—an elderly Korean-American grandmother. Beatrice is a complex woman who means to help the heroine of Simple Wishes find her way into the self-acceptance (and ultimately true love). I think Beatrice still has some stories to tell that I didn’t explore in Simple Wishes.
Oh--and as a side note--Sam and/or Dean are definitely characters I want to, uh, meet. :-)
My question to you: What character from the literary world do you want to meet in real life?